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The Supremes Sing Rodgers & Hart is an album recorded by The Supremes for Motown Records.

The album was released on May 22, 1967. It consisted of cover songs of show tunes written by songwriting duo Richard Rodgers & Lorenz Hart.

It was the last album released before the Supremes' name was changed to "Diana Ross & the Supremes." It was also the last album featuring Florence Ballard (who would be replaced by Cindy Birdsong.

Album BackgroundEdit

The album was originally intended to be a double album. It was halved before Motown issued it in May of 1967.

In 1986, two unreleased tracks from the Rodgers & Hart sessions were included in the Diana Ross & the Supremes' 25th Anniversary collection.

Several more were included alongside the original twelve LP tracks on The Rodgers & Hart Collection, an expanded compact disc collection released by Motown in 1987.

All of the sessions (including a bonus live recording) were included on the 2002 Motown/Universal release "The Supremes Sing Rodgers & Hart: The Complete Recordings."

In 1986, two unreleased tracks from the Rodgers & Hart sessions were included in the Diana Ross & the Supremes' 25th Anniversary collection.

Several more were included alongside the original twelve LP tracks on The Rodgers & Hart Collection, an expanded compact disc collection released by Motown in 1987 celebrating its 20th Anniversary.

All of the sessions (including a previously unreleased track and a bonus live recording, were included on the 2002 Motown/Universal release "The Supremes Sing Rodgers & Hart: The Complete Recordings."

The group promoted the album as special guest stars in an hour long tribute to Rodgers & Hart on a network TV special.

TracklistEdit

Tracks 1 and 2 were first issued on the compilation "Diana Ross & the Supremes' 25th Anniversary" in 1986 while tracks 3 through 12 were first issued on "The Rodgers & Hart Collection" in 1987.

All of these songs (plus a live medley of "The Lady is a Tramp/Let's Get Away from It All" recorded at the Copacabana in May 1967) were included in the collection "The Supremes Sing Rodgers & Hart: The Complete Recordings in 2002."

The versions of "You Took Advantage of Me" and "Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered" included on the 2002 collection are alternate recordings to those that were previously issued.

The song "I Could Write A Book" was previously unreleased and included on the 2002 collection. The song "Manhattan" was done as a duet with Florence Ballard and Diana Ross.

Side One:Edit

  1. "The Lady Is A Tramp"
  2. "Mountain Greenery"
  3. "This Can't Be Love"
  4. "Where Or When"
  5. "Lover"
  6. "My Funny Valentine"

Side Two:Edit

  1. "My Romance"
  2. "My Heart Stood Still"
  3. "Falling In Love with Love"
  4. "Thou Swell"
  5. "Dancing On The Ceiling"
  6. "Blue Moon"

Known OuttakesEdit

  1. "Manhattan"
  2. "The Blue Room"
  3. "With A Song In My Heart"
  4. "Spring Is Here"
  5. "Little Girl Blue"
  6. "It Never Entered My Mind"
  7. "There's A Small Hotel"
  8. "You Took Advantage of Me"
  9. "Bewitched, Bothered, & Bewildered"
  10. "Wait Til You See Him"
  11. "I Didn't Know What Time It Was"
  12. "Johnny One Note"
  13. "I Could Write A Book"

PersonnelEdit

  • Diana Ross - Lead vocals
  • Mary Wilson - Background vocals, co-lead vocal on "Falling In Love with Love"
  • Florence Ballard - Background vocals, co-lead vocal on "Manhattan"

Chart HistoryEdit

Chart (1967) Peak Position
U.S. Billboard Top 200 #20
U.S. Billboard R&B Albums #3
U.K. Albums Chart #25

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