Song of the Day: Diana Ross & The Supremes, “Love Child” #rmf

Title track from their 1968 album, "Love Child" was Diana Ross & The Supremes’ next-to-last #1 single. It took only three weeks from the time the song was introduced until it became a Top 10 hit, after which it spent two weeks at #1, knocking The Beatles’ "Hey Jude" out of the #1 spot, before Marvin Gaye’s "I Heard It Through The Grapevine" dethroned it. It dealt with the controversial subject of illegitimacy, to which a far greater stigma was attached in 1968. This video is from the song’s debut on The Ed Sullivan Show.

15 thoughts on “Song of the Day: Diana Ross & The Supremes, “Love Child” #rmf

  1. It’s a wonder it ever got played. I wish Mary would have got to sing some also. Great song nonetheless.


    1. The Supremes kept going after Diana Ross left, so I’m sure that the others got their momnent in the sunlight then. I think Diana was a real diva and the otheres just learned to live with it…

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      1. She is talented of course…I always pull for the underdogs I guess. I wouldn’t have killed her to let the others sing a little. Poor Flo was a tragic case.
        Ross did deserve to be a star so I can’t fault her on that.

        John for some reason I thought she married Gordy but I was wrong…didn’t they have a relationship?


  2. I remember that performance on Ed Sullivan. Such great songs hitting the #1 spot.



    1. That’s why I wanted to be sure it was all right to include the great soul acts. They were a huge presence on Top 40 radio in the ’60’s and ’70’s, and you really can’t talk about rock without including them.


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