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Meet The Supremes
Meet the supremes 1962

Released

December 9, 1962

Recorded

1960 - 1962

Genre

Doo-wop, R&B, Pop

Label

Motown M 606

Producer(s)

Berry Gordy Smokey Robinson Brian Holland Lamont Dozier

Meet the Supremes is The Supremes' debut album.

The album was released on December 9, 1962. It was produced by Smokey Robinson, Brian Holland, Lamont Dozier & Raynoma Liles.

Album BackgroundEdit

The album was recorded between October of 1960 through September of 1962. It featured teenage quartet Diane Ross, Mary Wilson, Florence Ballard & Barbara Martin.

In early 1962, Barbara left the group to start a family and the other girls continued as a trio.

Barbara isn't pictured on the album due to her departure, but her vocals are present on the majority of the album (as well on other recordings that were made during that time).

She never received any royalities from the album sales, but she does have a spoken interlude line (like the other group members) on the bridge of the song "(He's) Seventeen" and also sings lead vocals on the song "After All" (which was recorded for, but wasn't originally included on the album).

Along with these songs, Florence and Mary are heard out front on other songs as well.

Mary sings lead on "The Tears" (another former non-album track) and "Baby Don't Go."

Florence has leads on a handful of songs as well including "Buttered Popcorn" and the short intro line to "Let Me Go the Right Way."

None of these singles charted within the top 40 of the Billboard Pop Singles chart which led to the group being referred to around the Motown offices as the "no-hit" Supremes.

By the time their next album "Where Did Our Love Go? was released, the group would have two Top 40 hits to the name and one of their songs "Where Did Our Love Go?" became an number one hit.

Track ListingEdit

Side 1

  1. Your Heart Belongs To Me
  2. Who's Lovin You
  3. Baby Don't Go
  4. Buttered Popcorn
  5. I Want A Guy

Side 2:

  1. Let Me Go The Right Way
  2. You Bring Back Memories
  3. Time Changes Things
  4. Play a Sad Song
  5. Never Again
  6. (He's) Seventeen

Early Supremes tracks not included on albumEdit

Other tracks that were recorded along the same timeline that could have been included on the album include:

  • The Tears featuring Mary Wilson on lead vocals
  • Save Me A Star, featuring Florence Ballard on lead vocals
  • Heavenly Father, featuring Florence Ballard on lead vocals
  • Hey Baby, featuring Florence Ballard on lead vocals (There were 4 different recordings of this song done during this period)
  • After All a rare track that features all four group members - including early member Barbara Martin - taking a lead verse.
  • The Boy That Got Away", featuring Diana Ross on lead vocals. Interestingly the second pressing of the album with the alternate artwork incorrectly lists this song as being included on side two.
  • You're Gonna Come To Me", featuring Diana Ross on lead vocals. (There were 4 different recordings of this song. 3 recordings were done as the group was a quartet, 1 recording was done as the group was a trio.)
  • Those DJ Shows" featuring Diana Ross on lead vocals.

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