The Supremes: how we made Baby Love

The Supremes: Florence Ballard, Mary Wilson and Diana Ross.

Dave Simpson writes:

In the early days of Motown, it felt as if all the girl groups were having hits apart from us. The Marvelettes had Please Mr Postman; Martha and the Vandellas had Dancing in the Street. We were playing shows and people were going crazy, but in the office we were beginning to be known as the "no-hit Supremes".

Mr Gordy [Motown boss Berry Gordy] believed in us, and so he put us in with his best songwriting team, Holland-Dozier-Holland. The first song they showed us was Where Did Our Love Go, which we didn't want to record – it sounded sweet and bubblegum. At this point, Berry also appointed Diana Ross as the lead singer, with Florence [Ballard] and I providing backing. That became difficult later on, when we felt we weren't being allowed to sing enough, but it wasn't a problem in the early days.

We recorded Where Did Our Love Go and it became a hit, which changed everything. Once H-D-H found that formula for us, we had five consecutive [US] number ones. Baby Love was our .........

http://www.theguardian.com/music/2014/jul/15/how-we-made-baby-love-the-supremes