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The Supremes Sing Country, Western and Pop is an album by the Supremes. It was released in February of 1965 by Motown Records.

One of the songs on the album is "My Heart Can't Take It No More" which the Supremes had recorded in 1962 and released in 1963 as a single.

Album BackgroundEdit

The album was presented as a covers/tribute album of country songs as Ray Charles had done with his album "Modern Sounds in Country and Western Music."

However, over half of the selections on the album were written in-house by Motown staffer Clarence Paul.

One of Clarence Paul's songwriting partners on the album was his fourteen-year-old charge Stevie Wonder, making the Supremes the first act (besides himself) to record Stevie's songs.

Session group the Andantes, appear on all but two of the tracks. They accompany Ross completely above Wilson and Ballard on the song "Baby Doll."

TracklistingEdit

  1. "Funny How Time Slips Away" (Willie Nelson (Originally sung by Willie Nelson)
  2. "My Heart Can't Take It No More" (Clarence Paul)
  3. "It Makes No Difference Now" (Floyd Tillman (Originally sung by Eddy Arnold)
  4. "You Didn't Care" (Paul)
  5. "Tears in Vain" (Paul)
  6. "Tumbling Tumbleweeds" (Bob Nolan) (Originally sung by Sons of the Pioneers)
  7. "Lazy Bones" (Johnny Mercer, Hoagy Carmichael)
  8. "You Need Me"
  9. "Baby Doll" (Paul, Stevie Wonder)
  10. "Sunset" (Paul, Wonder)
  11. (The Man With the) Rock and Roll Banjo Band" (Paul, Berry Gordy, Jr.)

Chart PerformanceEdit

Name Chart (1965) Peak
position
The Supremes Sing Country, Western & Pop U.S. Billboard 200 79

Album PersonnelEdit

  • Diana Ross, Florence Ballard and Mary Wilson: lead and background vocals
  • Clarence Paul: producer
  • Lawrence Horn: co-producer on "My Heart Can't Take It No More"
  • The Andantes and other vocalists: additional background vocals
  • Cranford Nix, Sr.: Banjo (some tracks)

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