Baby Love

The Supremes

About Baby Love

"Baby Love" is a song recorded by the American music group the Supremes in 1964 for their second studio album titled, Where Did Our Love Go. It was written and produced by Motown's main production team Holland–Dozier–Holland. It was released on 17th September 1964. Baby Love topped the Billboard pop singles chart in the United States from October 25, 1964 through November 21, 1964, and in the United Kingdom pop singles chart concurrently. Beginning with "Baby Love", The Supremes became the first Motown act to have more than one American number-one single, and by the end of the decade, would have more number-one singles than any other Motown act (or American pop music group) with 12, a record they continue to hold. It was nominated for the 1965 Grammy Award for Best Rhythm & Blues Recording, losing to Nancy Wilson's "How Glad I Am". It is considered one of the most popular songs of the late 20th century, "Baby Love" was ranked #324 on the Rolling Stone list of The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time. 


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Baby love, my baby love, I need you oh how I need you
But all you do is treat me bad
Break my heart and leave me sad
Tell me what did I do wrong to make you stay away so long
'Cause baby love, my baby love, been missing ya, miss kissing ya
Instead of breaking up
Let's start some kissing and making up
Don't throw our love away
In my arms why don't you stay?

Need ya, need ya, baby love, my baby love

Baby love, my baby love, why must we separate my love?
All of my whole life through
I never love no one but you
Why you do me like you do, I guess it's me
Ooh, need to hold you once again my love, feel your warm embrace my love
Don't throw our love away, please don't do me this way
Not happy like I used to be, loneliness has got the best of me my love

My baby love, I need ya oh how I need ya
Why you do me like you do
After I've been true to you
So deep in love with you
Baby, baby ooh
'Til it hurt me, 'til it hurt me
Ooh baby love
Don't throw our love away
Don't throw our love away

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The Supremes

The Supremes was an American female singing group and the premier act of Motown Records during the 1960s. Originally founded as the Primettes in Detroit, Michigan, in 1959, the Supremes' repertoire included doo-wop, pop, soul, Broadway show tunes, psychedelic soul, and disco. They were the most commercially successful of Motown's acts and are, to date, America's most successful vocal group with 12 number one singles on the Billboard Hot 100. Most of these hits were written and produced by Motown's main songwriting and production team, Holland–Dozier–Holland. At their peak in the mid-1960s, the Supremes rivaled the Beatles in worldwide popularity, and their success made it possible for future African American R&B and soul musicians to find mainstream succe… more »

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Written by: Brian Holland, Edward Holland, Lamont Dozier

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12 facts about this song

Release Date
"Baby Love" by The Supremes was released on September 17, 1964 in the United States.
Chart Success
The song landed the coveted No.1 spot on the Billboard Hot 100 in the United States later in the same year. It also reached number one on the UK Singles Chart in November 1964, making it the first song by an all-female group to achieve this feat.
The song was recorded at the Hitsville U.S.A. Studio, home of Motown Records, in Detroit, Michigan.
Songwriting Team
The song was written by Motown's main songwriting team, Holland–Dozier–Holland, responsible for many of the label's greatest hits.
"Baby Love" is considered one of the most popular songs by The Supremes and one of the defining hits of the Motown sound. It was also instrumental in establishing The Supremes as one of the leading girl groups of the 60s.
Music Video
The music video of "Baby Love" was filmed at Granada Television's studios in Manchester, England during October 1964.
Awards and Recognition
In 1999, "Baby Love" was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame, and in 2004 it ranked at No.324 on Rolling Stone's list of The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.
First UK Visit
The song was performed by The Supremes on the very popular British television program, "Top Of The Pops," upon their inaugural visit to the UK.
Cover Versions
"Baby Love" has been covered by numerous artists over the years, including Bonnie Pointer, Honey Ltd., and Martina McBride.
The song featured on The Supremes' second album "Where Did Our Love Go" which was their first album to hit number one on the U.S. Billboard 200.
RIAA Certification
"Baby Love" was certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America in 1964, recognizing sales of over a million copies.
Song Theme
The song, sung in the voice of a woman pleading her lover not to leave her, is well-known for its distinct use of echoing back-up vocals and Diana Ross's sassy yet plaintive lead vocal.

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