Billboard #1 Hits: #209: “Love Child”- Diana Ross and The Supremes. November 30, 1968. #1 for 2 weeks in the Billboard Hot 100.
- Single: “Love Child”- Diana Ross and The Supremes
- Record Company- Motown
- Genre: Pop- Soul
- Written by R. Dean Taylor, Frank Wilson, Pam Sawyer, Deke Richards.
- Time: 3:03
- B-side: “Will This Be The Day”
- Album- Love Child
- Grade: A
- Peaked at #1 for 2 weeks in the Billboard Hot 100. #15 in the UK Singles Chart. #1 in Canada and New Zealand.
The Supremes had been in- at least to my ears in a slump as far as the quality of their hit singles went. The songwriting team of Holland- Dozier-Holland had left Motown and The Supremes- now Diana Ross and The Supremes had to count on other songwriters. “Love Child” is a comeback- and would become their 11th and penultimate #1 hit. It only took 3 weeks after its release to get to #1- knocking The Beatles classic “Hey Jude” which had spent 9 weeks at #1 off the top spot. The Supremes debuted “Love Child” on The Ed Sullivan Show- in late September. It would go on to become the 3rd biggest Supremes hit- behind “Baby Love” and “Someday We’ll Be Together.” The instrumentation on “Love Child”- The Funk Brothers and the Detroit Symphony Orchestra.