Check this out — the November 7, 1964 issue of Billboard (available online via Google Books) was an unusually snarky one, thanks to two record companies battling it out over the song “Come See About Me.”
A full-page ad from Motown proclaims an “unprecedented” move — rushing out “Come See About Me” by The Supremes while the group’s “Baby Love” was still sitting at #1. Why the hasty delivery? The Motown ad claims radio had already jumped on the song, forcing an official release.
Of course, what the Motown ad fails to mention is that another version of “Come See About Me” was about to hit the charts. “My single was out first,” boasts the ad promoting the Nella Dodds recording of “Come See About Me,” released on Wand.
So what’s the story? The Supremes recorded “Come See About Me” first, and the song was placed on the smash LP Where Did Our Love Go. The folks at Scepter Records apparently heard it, cut it on Dodds, and quickly released it. Of course, once Motown did the same with their original recording of the song, the competition was short-lived. Both singles debuted on the Hot 100 in the next issue of Billboard; the Dodds version eventually peaked at #74, while The Supremes would soon enjoy their third consecutive #1 hit with the song.