Motown: Holland–Dozier–Holland: selected songs, 1965


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All songs featured in this page were written by Brian Holland, Lamont Dozier and Edward Holland, Jr. (Holland–Dozier–Holland), with lyrics by Edward “Eddie” Holland, Jr. All recordings featured in this page were produced by Brian Holland and Lamont Dozier.

Stop! In the Name of Love

The Supremes — Motown single M 1074, b/w I’m In Love Again (Holland–Dozier–Holland), released on 8 February 1965. Singles charts: #1 — Hot 100, #2 — Hot Rhythm and Blues singles (new Billboard chart), and #1 — Cash Box pop singles.

Live performance for Shindig!, Season 1, Episode 25 (according to,, and IMDb); airdate: 24 February 1965


From Shivaree, season 1, episode #7, airdate: 13 March 1965


On the “Stop! in the Name of Love” choreography

Wikipedia says,

The Supremes’ choreography for this song, with one hand on the hip and the other outstretched in a “stop” gesture, is…legendary. Paul Williams and Melvin Franklin of The Temptations taught the girls the routine backstage in London, before the Supremes’ first televised performance of the single on the Ready Steady Go! special “The Sound of Motown,” hosted by Motown enthusiast Dusty Springfield.[4] They also performed the song on an episode of the ABC variety program Shindig! which aired on Wednesday, February 25, 1965.[5]

The article “Motown in our town: the 1965 Motortown Revue hits the UK” shares a similar version of the story:

In the dressing room, the Supremes and Diana in particular needed some dance moves for Stop! In The Name of Love and begged The Temptations for some inspiration. Paul Williams made a hand move like a traffic cop and it stuck. Some say it was Melvin Franklin. It became a trademark move though.

stop-in-the-name-of-love-supremes-shindig-airdate-24-feb-1965My suspicions that the often told story of the Supremes learning a new routine from members of the Temptations in the frantic moments before their taped performance for the Ready Steady Go! special “The Sound of Motown” was apocryphal were confirmed when I noticed that the RSG special was taped over three weeks after the Shindig! episode was aired. A bit of Google searching reveals that essentially the same “stop” gesture routine was performed by the Supremes in the following television appearances, chronologically:

(below) Live TV studio recording for the Ready Steady Go! special The Sound of Motown, Season 2, Episode 35 —  taped at Rediffusion Studios on 18 March 1965; airdate: 28 April 1965


Nowhere to Run

Martha and the Vandellas — issued 5 February 1965 on the single Gordy 7039, b/w “Motoring” (William Stevenson)


Included on their third album, Dance Party, “Nowhere to Run” hit number eight on the Billboard Pop Singles chart, and number five on the Billboard R&B Singles chart. It also charted in the UK peaking at number twenty-six on the chart.


From Shindig!, Season 1, Episode 30; airdate: 7 April 1965


From Hullaballoo, Season 1, Episode 17; airdate: 4 May 1965




Back in My Arms Again

The Supremes — Single Motown 1075, b/w Whisper You Love Me Boy (Holland–Dozier–Holland), released 15 April 1965 —  Chart success: #1, Billboard’s Hot 100 and R&B singles, #1, Cash Box pop singles

Wikipedia says,

On the album in which this single appeared, More Hits by the Supremes, and on the cover of the official single, each member is pictured separately on the front, with her signature above it.

The group first performed the song nationally on the NBC variety program Hullabaloo! [sic] [2] on Tuesday, May 11, 1965, [and the single peaked] on the music charts in the following weeks.


(below) The Supremes perform live on The Mike Douglas Show, Season 4, Episode 43 — airdate: 3 November 1965



(below) In this construction, the video artist replaces the original live audio (see video directly above) with the single, in HD.


I Can’t Help Myself (Sugar Pie, Honey Bunch)

The Four Tops — issued 23 April 1965 on the single Motown M-1076, b/w “Sad Souvenirs” (Williams Stevenson, Ivy Jo Hunter)

From Wikipedia:

The song reached number one on the R&B charts and was also the number-one song on the Billboard Hot 100 for two non-consecutive weeks,.[1] from June 12 to June 19 and from June 26 to July 3 in 1965. It replaced “Back in My Arms Again” by labelmates The Supremes, was first replaced by “Mr. Tambourine Man” by The Byrds, then regained the top spot before being replaced by “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction” by The Rolling Stones.

(below) from the TV special It’s What’s Happening Baby!, originally aired on 28 June 1965


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It’s the Same Old Song

The Four Tops — Motown single M 1081, b/w Your Love Is Amazing (Holland–Dozier–Holland), released 9 July 1965. Chart success: #5 — Hot 100, #2 — Billboard R&B singles.


Nothing but Heartaches

The Supremes — Motown single MT 1080, b/w He Holds His Own (Holland–Dozier–Holland), released 16 July 1965. Peak chart positions: #11 Hot 100, #6 Billboard R&B singles, #8 Cash Box pop singles. It ended the string of five consecutive #1 singles by the Supremes.

Wikipedia says,

Response to “Nothing but Heartaches” was less of a success [thanBerry] Gordy predicted, as it peaked at number eleven on the Billboard Hot 100. The song’s more modest top 20 charting prompted Gordy to circulate a memo around the Motown offices:

We will release nothing less than Top Ten product on any artist; and because the Supremes’ world-wide acceptance is greater than the other artists, on them we will only release number-one records.



I Hear a Symphony

The Supremes — Motown single M 1083, b/w “Who Could Ever Doubt My Love” (Holland–Dozier–Holland), released 6 October 1965

Chart success: #1 — Hot 100 (for two weeks from November 14, 1965 through November 27, 1965.[1][2]), #2 — Billboard R&B singles, #1 — Cash Box pop singles. It was the sixth number-one hit single by the Supremes.

The Supremes — live on The Mike Douglas Show, Season 4, Episode 43 — airdate: 3 November 1965


My World is Empty Without You — Motown single M-1089, b/w Everything Is Good About You (James Dean, Eddie Holland), released 29 December 1965 — Chart success: U. S. singles: #5, Hot 100 (2 weeks in February 1966; #10 R&B; #5 Cash Box


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  1. doc
    Jul 24, 2018 @ 04:15:19



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