“Baby Love” and The Supremes in Amsterdam and London, October 1964, with photo gallery
Baby Love (Holland–Dozier–Holland)
The Supremes — “Baby Love” was originally released on the album Where Did Our Love Go, on 31 August 1964. On 17 September 1964, the single Motown M-1066* (Discogs.com, 45cat.com), b/w “Ask Any Girl” (Holland–Dozier–Holland) was issued. It became the second of five consecutive #1 Billboard Hot 100 singles by the Supremes, holding the top spot for four weeks, 25 October – 21 November 1964. “Baby Love” also topped the (US) Cash Box and Pop and R&B single charts**, and the UK pop chart. It was the first #1 hit in the UK by a Motown artist.
Live performance filmed at the Koninklijk Theater Carré in Amsterdam, Netherlands, 14 October 1964, featuring three songs:
- Baby Love — second of twelve #1 Billboard Hot 100 hits by the Supremes; first Motown UK #1 hit
- When the Lovelight Starts Shining Through His Eyes — first Supremes top 40 Hot 100 hit (#23), and first R&B top 10 hit (#2) for the group
- Let Me Go the Right Way — second Supremes recording to make the Billboard Hot 100 (#95); first R&B top 40 hit (#26)
It’s not clear whether there was a live audience, or the applause before the first song and after the third is canned.
(below) The Supremes perform “Baby Love” on an episode of Top of the Pops, airdate: 15 October 1964. It’s the debut UK television appearance by the Supremes. The group evidently may have worn the same dresses for the Manchester Square photo shoot (see directly above), the Carré Theatre performance, and the TOTP appearance.
(above) A Little Bit of Liverpool, the third album by the Supremes, was released on 16 October 1964. In the UK it was titled With Love (From Us to You).
(below) live performance at the T.A.M.I. Show, which was recorded at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium on 28 and 29 October 1964
(below) From Shivaree, season 1, episode #7, airdate: 13 March 1965
*Motown M-1066 was also issued in various pressings with the catalog numbers Motown 1066 and MOTOWN 1066.
**From November 30, 1963 to January 23, 1965 there was no Billboard R&B singles chart.