My dad was thumbing through the stacks at Atlantic Sounds Records in Daytona Beach this week and came across this beautiful Supremes picture sleeve from 1966. “You Keep Me Hangin’ On” was released as Motown 1101 on October 12 of that year — and promptly rocketed to #1 on the Billboard Hot 100, where it held the top spot from November 13-26.
Note that the picture sleeve uses the same artwork as that featured on The Supremes A’ Go-Go, which had already been released and actually didn’t include the song. “You Keep Me Hangin’ On” would find a place on the group’s next LP release (which is mentioned at the bottom of this picture sleeve).
For me, “You Keep Me Hangin’ On” is as good as a Supremes single ever got; it’s a dazzling work, featuring Diana Ross, Mary Wilson, Florence Ballard, Holland-Dozier-Holland, and The Funk Brothers in absolute peak form. The song’s been covered many times over the years, by extremely talented artists, but nobody’s ever captured the heart-stopping urgency created by the original. Oh — and the flipside (“Remove This Doubt”) is a gem.
Please click here to read my full review of “You Keep Me Hangin’ On” and its parent album, 1967’s The Supremes Sing Holland-Dozier-Holland.