You Can't Hurry Love

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"You Can't Hurry Love"
Supremes You cant hurry love.png
US single release
Single by The Supremes
from the album The Supremes A' Go-Go
B-side"Put Yourself in My Place"
ReleasedJuly 25, 1966
RecordedJune 11 and July 5, 1966
StudioHitsville U.S.A. (Studio A)
Genre
Length2:47
LabelMotown
M 1097
Songwriter(s)Holland–Dozier–Holland
Producer(s)
The Supremes singles chronology
"Love Is Like an Itching in My Heart"
(1966)
"You Can't Hurry Love"
(1966)
"You Keep Me Hangin' On"
(1966)
The Supremes A' Go-Go track listing
Audio sample
"You Can't Hurry Love"
"L'amore Verra (You Can't Hurry Love)"
The Supremes - L'amore Verra (You Can't Hurry Love).png

"You Can't Hurry Love" is a 1966 song originally recorded by The Supremes on the Motown label.

Written and produced by Motown production team Holland–Dozier–Holland, the song topped the United States Billboard pop singles chart, made the UK top five, and made the top 10 in the Australian Singles Chart. It was released and peaked in late summer and early autumn in 1966.[1] Sixteen years later, it would become a number-one hit in the UK when Phil Collins re-recorded the song. It reached number one on the UK Singles Chart for two weeks beginning in January 1983[2] and reached number 10 on the US Singles Chart that same month.

Billboard named the song number 19 on their list of 100 Greatest Girl Group Songs of All Time.[3] The BBC ranked "You Can't Hurry Love" at number 16 on the The Top 100 Digital Motown Chart, which is based solely on all time UK downloads and streams of Motown releases.[4]

History[edit]

Overview[edit]

The song, a memory of a mother's words of encouragement ("My mama said 'you can't hurry love/No you just have to wait' ")[5] telling her daughter that with patience she will find that special someone one day, is an example of the strong influence of gospel music present in much of R&B and soul music. "You Can't Hurry Love" was inspired by and partially based upon "(You Can't Hurry God) He's Right on Time" ("You can't hurry God/you just have to wait/Trust and give him time/no matter how long it takes"), a 1950s gospel song written by Dorothy Love Coates of The Original Gospel Harmonettes.[6]

The recorded version of "You Can't Hurry Love" showcases the developing sound of The Supremes, who were progressing from their earlier teen-pop into more mature themes and musical arrangements. This song and "You Keep Me Hangin' On" were finished together; when it came time to choose which single would be issued first, Motown's Quality Control department chose "You Can't Hurry Love."

Written and produced by Motown's main production team, Holland–Dozier–Holland, "You Can't Hurry Love" is one of the signature Supremes songs, and also one of Motown's signature releases. The single became The Supremes' seventh number-one hit,[7] topping the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart for two weeks, from September 4, 1966 to September 17, 1966, and reaching number one on the soul chart for two weeks. The group performed the song on the CBS variety program The Ed Sullivan Show on Sunday, September 25, 1966.[8]

"You Can't Hurry Love" was the second single from the Supremes' album The Supremes A' Go-Go. It reached the number one position on the Billboard Hot 100 pop chart in the United States, and number three in the United Kingdom. The Supremes' version of the song is honored by inclusion in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's permanent collection of 500 Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll.

The Supremes also released a version sung in Italian: "L'amore verrà" ("Love Will Come").

Chart performance[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/sales
United Kingdom (BPI)[27] Gold 312,000[26]
United States 1,000,000[28][29][30]

Phil Collins version[edit]

"You Can't Hurry Love"
Phil Collins YouCantHurryLove.jpg
Artwork for European and Australian releases
Single by Phil Collins
from the album Hello, I Must Be Going!
B-side
  • "I Cannot Believe It's True" (international)
  • "Do You Know, Do You Care?" (North America)
Released19 November 1982[31]
Recorded1982
GenreBlue-eyed soul
Length2:56
Label
Songwriter(s)Holland–Dozier–Holland
Producer(s)
Phil Collins singles chronology
"Thru These Walls"
(1982)
"You Can't Hurry Love"
(1982)
"I Don't Care Anymore"
(1983)
Music video
"You Can't Hurry Love" on YouTube

The most notable cover of the song was released in late 1982 as a single by Phil Collins from his second solo album, Hello, I Must Be Going! Collins's version reached number-one on the UK Singles Chart (becoming his first number-one solo hit in the UK Singles Chart,[2] and peaking two positions higher than the original song did in that country), and reached number 10 in the United States.[32] The single was certified gold in the UK.[31] The orchestral strings on this track was recorded in Studio 1 at CBS Recording Studios, London W1 by Recording Engineer Mike Ross-Trevor (assisted by Richard Hollywood) on the evening of Thursday 24 June 1982.

Although Collins had previously done covers as album tracks (of Genesis's "Behind the Lines" and The Beatles' "Tomorrow Never Knows" on Face Value), "You Can't Hurry Love" was the first cover he released as a single. Collins explained:

The idea of doing 'Can't Hurry Love' was to see if Hugh Padgham and I could duplicate that Sixties sound. It's very difficult today because most recording facilities are so much more sophisticated than they were back then. It's therefore hard to make the drums sound as rough as they did on the original. That's what we were going after, a remake, not an interpretation, but a remake.[33]

Collins's version was the first track on the very first Now That's What I Call Music compilation CD. In the first verse, he changes "And I need to find, find / Someone to call mine" to "And I need to find time / Someone to call mine." On the second repeat of the chorus, he replaces the line "How much more can I take?" with "How much more must I take?", and likewise exchanges the words, "...trust, give it time..." to "...trust in a good time...".

In 1983, the music video was released on the home video Phil Collins[34] available on Video Home System (VHS)[35] and LaserDisc (LD)[36] which received a Grammy nomination for Best Video, Short Form.[37] The video itself was also the first track featured on the first VHS compilation of Now: That's What I Call Music.

Personnel[edit]

Chart performance[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/sales
Denmark (IFPI Denmark)[61] Gold 45,000double-dagger
United Kingdom (BPI)[62] Gold 500,000^

^ Shipments figures based on certification alone.
double-dagger Sales+streaming figures based on certification alone.

Other versions[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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