It was fifty years ago–The 15th #1 song of the year 1968 was Love Child by The Supremes. Love Child was the 11th #1 single in The Supremes career. They would tack on one more before the 60’s were over and their career was over. The Supremes were the most successful [but in my opinion far from the best} Motown act. In addition to the dozen #1’s they had 33 Top 40 hits.
On November 30, 1968 The Supremes replaced The Beatles Hey Jude as #1- after Hey Jude had spent 9 weeks at #1. Love Child was a fast riser- it took the single only three weeks to enter the Top 10. It would become the first Motown #1 single of 1968- the label would close the year out with the final two #1’s.
Love Child was the first #1 not written by the Motown songwriting team of Holland-Dozier-Holland. The song was written by five songwriters-R. Dean Taylor, Frank Wilson, Pam Sawyer and Deke Richards and Henry Cosby. The song was about a controversial issue at that time- illegitimacy. The musicians who played on the album were Motown’s Funk Brothers and the Detroit Symphony Orchestra.