Billboard #1 Hits: #226: “Someday We’ll Be Together”- Diana Ross & The Supremes. December 27, 1969- the final #1 hit of the 1960’s.

  • Single: “Someday We’ll Be Together”- Diana Ross & The Supremes
  • Record Company- Motown
  • Genre: Soul
  • Written by Jackey Beavers, Johnny Bristol and Harvey Fuqua
  • Time: 3:34
  • B-side:” He’s My Funny Boy”
  • Album- Cream Of The Crop
  • Grade: A
  • Peaked at #1 1 week in Billboard Hot 100. #13 in UK Singles Chart.

The final #1 single from 1969 and from the 1960’s- and it was also the end of the road for Diana Ross & The Supremes with Diana Ross leaving for a solo career. An appropriate way to end the decade- only The Beatles had more #1 hits in the 1960’s than The Supremes – “Someday We’ll Be Together” was their 12th #1.

The song was actually written at the beginning of the decade in 1961 and recorded by two of the writers- Jackey Beavers and Johnny Bristol as Jackey and Johnny. It did nothing on the national charts.

The following- from wikipedia—

In 1969, Bristol was preparing a new version of “Someday We’ll Be Together”, to be recorded by Motown act Jr. Walker & the All-Stars. Bristol had already recorded the instrumental track and the background vocals when Berry Gordy happened upon the tracks and heard them. Gordy thought that “Someday” would be a perfect first solo single for Diana Ross, who was making her long-expected exit from the Supremes at the time, and had Bristol sequester Ross into the studio to record the song.

Unable at first to get the vocal performance he desired from Diana Ross, Johnny Bristol decided to try something different: he would harmonize with Ross, helping her to get into the mood needed for the record. On the first take, the engineer accidentally recorded both Ross’s vocal and Bristol’s ad-libs. Bristol and arranger Wade Marcus liked the results, and Bristol had his vocal recorded alongside Ross’ for the final version of the song. Bristol’s ad-libs and words of encouragement to Ross can be heard in the background throughout the song. When Berry Gordy heard the completed song, he decided to release it as the final Diana Ross & the Supremes song. Neither of the Supremes’ remaining members, however, sang on the record. Ross’s first solo single instead, released in early 1970, became “Reach Out and Touch (Somebody’s Hand)“.

Even though the implicit subject of the song was that of Ross comforting a long-distance lover, “Someday We’ll Be Together” allowed for other interpretations, one being that Ross and bandmates Mary Wilson and Cindy Birdsong would one day nostalgically “be together” again. Further, in concert, Ross would suggest that “someday, we’ll be together” in regard to contemporary troubles like civil rights and the ongoing demonstrations and protests against the Vietnam War