Billboard #1 Hits: #168: ” You Can’t Hurry Love”- The Supremes. September 10, 1966. #1 for 2 weeks.

  • Single: “You Can’t Hurry Love”- The Supremes
  • Record Company- Motown
  • Genre: Soul
  • Written by Holland-Dozier-Holland
  • Time- 2:47
  • B-side: “Put Yourself In My Place”
  • Album- The Supremes A Go-Go
  • Grade: A
  • Peaked at #1 for 2 weeks on Billboard Hot 100. #3 on UK Singles Chart.

“You Can’t Hurry Love” was inspired by and partially based on a 1950’s gospel song “You Can’t Hurry God.” written by Dorothy Love Coates. The Supremes had two songs ready to go- “You Can’t Hurry Love” and “You Keep Me Hangin’ On”- and the quality control department had to choose which went first- both would make it to #1 in 1966- but “You Can’t Hurry Love” was released first. It would become the 7th #1 hit for The Supremes and go on to be one of The Supremes signature songs. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame would name the song among its 500 Songs Which Shaped Rock and Roll.

9 responses to “BILLBOARD #1 HITS: #168: ” YOU CAN’T HURRY LOVE”- THE SUPREMES- SEPTEMBER 10, 1966

  1. Good ole Motown. Even though the Berry Gordy formula was pretty repetitive, many of these songs are very well done with catchy melodies and great grooves.

    If I recall it correctly, “You Can’t Hurry Love” by Diana Ross and the Supremes was one of the first Motown songs I heard. Then I borrowed fantastic box set called The Motown Story from my brother-in-law (who still may have been my sister’s boyfriend at the time), and I’ve been a fan every since.

    In addition to great music, the LP-set (I believe it’s 3 or 4 records) includes narration and interviews with Berry Gordy, Smokey Robinson and others. It’s really neatly done, almost like a radio program. In fact, now that I remembered it, I feel like listening to thus box set again! 🙂

    • They knew how to make hits back then–I don’t own many 60’s Motown albums- I don’t think they put any importance on that until the early 70-s -with Stevie and Marvin…..but those best ofs- like The Motown Story you mentioned and the individual Anthology series they had- the collections of hits pretty awesome…. Have you seen the doc on Motown featuring Smokey and Gordy?

    • Same here- music docs are great. I just happened to stumble across the motown one- “I wonder what Showtime has”–and there it was.. Berry gives Smokey a ton of credit for the whole operation working as it did.

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