Stop! In the Name of Love
|"Stop! In the Name of Love"|
|Single by The Supremes|
|from the album More Hits by The Supremes|
|B-side||"I'm In Love Again"|
|Released||February 8, 1965 (U.S.)|
|Format||Vinyl record (7" 45 RPM)|
|Recorded||Hitsville U.S.A. (Studio A); January 5, January 7, and January 11, 1965|
|Genre||Pop, R&B, soul|
|The Supremes singles chronology|
Written and produced by Motown's main production team Holland–Dozier–Holland, "Stop! In the Name of Love" held the number one position on the Billboard pop singles chart in the United States from March 27, 1965 through April 3, 1965, and reached the number-two position on the soul chart.
The Supremes recorded "Stop! In the Name of Love!" in January 1965 and released as a single on February 8. The song was included on the Supremes' sixth album, More Hits by The Supremes, and was nominated for the 1966 Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Rock & Roll Group Vocal Performance, losing to "Flowers on the Wall" by the Statler Brothers. The song was also honored by inclusion in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's permanent collection of the 500 Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll.
The Supremes' choreography for this song, with one hand on the hip and the other outstretched in a "stop" gesture, is equally legendary. Paul Williams and Melvin Franklin of The Temptations taught the girls the routine backstage in London, before the Supremes' first televised performance of the single on the Ready Steady Go! special "The Sound of Motown," hosted by Motown enthusiast Dusty Springfield. They also performed the song on an episode of the ABC variety program Shindig! which aired on Wednesday, February 25, 1965.
Cover versions and other uses
The Jackson 5 covered this in a live performance on the Carol Burnett Show in 1975 as they were paying tributes to the Supremes, the Mills Brothers and the Andrews Sisters. Cover versions were later recorded by Margie Joseph, Gene Pitney, Nicki French, Sinitta, Globe, Johnny Rivers, C:Real, Claude François (as "Stop au nom de l'amour"), Renata Pacini (as "In nome dell'amore") and The Hollies (who saw their version peaked in America at #29 and in Canada at #31 in 1983). In 1996, Los Flechazos recorded an instrumental version for his EP "En tu Calle". In 1998, a cover version by Jonell Mosser was included in the film Hope Floats. A eurodance remix was made for the 2002 Dancemania compilation Speed 8. American rapper Lil Wayne sampled the song on his song "Gossip." The lyrics are briefly quoted in The B-52's song "Dance This Mess Around."
The song was performed by Florida, Willona and Thelma during a rent party in an episode of Good Times. The song was also covered as part of a mash-up on the Fox series Glee along with "Free Your Mind" by En Vogue in the episode "Never Been Kissed." Claude François' version appears in the 2014 superhero film X-Men: Days of Future Past, in a scene set in 1973 Paris.
- Lead vocals by Diana Ross
- Backing vocals by Florence Ballard, Mary Wilson
- All instruments by The Funk Brothers
|U.S. Billboard Hot 100||1|
|U.S. Billboard Hot Rhythm & Blues Singles||2|
|U.S. Cash Box Pop Singles Chart||1|
|Canadian RPM Singles Chart||3|
|UK Singles Chart||7|
|U.S. Cash Box Year End Chart||24|
"Eight Days a Week" by The Beatles
|Billboard Hot 100 number-one single
March 27, 1965 – April 3, 1965 (two weeks)
"I'm Telling You Now" by Freddie and the Dreamers
- "RIAA Gold & Platinum Searchable Database - The Supremes". Retrieved 2009-07-19.
- "Billboard Hot 100". Billboard (Nielsen Company) 77 (13): 32. 1965. Retrieved 9 May 2011.
- "Billboard Hot 100". Billboard (Nielsen Company) 77 (14): 28. 1965. Retrieved 10 May 2011.
- Gilliland, John (1969). "Show 26 - The Soul Reformation: Phase two, the Motown story. [Part 5]" (audio). Pop Chronicles. Digital.library.unt.edu.
- Host: Dusty Springfield (28 April 1965). "The Sound of Motown". Ready Steady Go! (special). Season 2. ITV.
- "Supremes/Barbarians/Neil Sedaka/Stan Getz/Ruth Price". Shindig!. Season 1. Episode 29. 24 February 1965. ABC. KABC.