“Love Is Here…” 50 Years Ago in Billboard

Check out this gorgeous full-page ad from the February 11, 1967 issue of Billboard.  “Love Is Here And Now You’re Gone” (from The Supremes Sing Holland-Dozier-Holland) had just been released in January, and was climbing toward the top spot on the Billboard Hot 100 and the Hot R&B Singles charts.  It reached the summit of both listings in early March, becoming the group’s ninth #1 pop hit (and third in a sting of four consecutive pop chart-toppers).

Supremes "Love Is Here" Billboard Ad

 

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15 Responses to “Love Is Here…” 50 Years Ago in Billboard

  1. Rob Gallagher says:

    Also third consecutive #1 R&B. “The Happening” broke the R&B streak. And darn that Bobbie Gentry for ending the second pop #1 streak at four.

    • peter says:

      Except ODE TO BILLIE JOE is still a masterpiece! Timing!

      • michael says:

        And Diana covered it on the album, Reflections. Ironic because it kept the single, Reflections, from the #1 spot!

      • Paul says:

        I really enjoy “Ode…” — but I do think it’s strange that “Reflections” wasn’t able to knock it from #1. “Reflections” just sounds like a #1 hit to me — it’s still such a compelling, moody song.

      • Paul says:

        And Michael — credit to Diana — her cover is pretty good!

    • Paul says:

      Yes — and The Supremes had such an odd record on the R&B listings. Still astounds me that “Reflections,” “Love Child,” and “I’m Gonna Make You Love Me” didn’t hit #1 on the soul side. These are R&B masterpieces!

      • Alexis Bryce says:

        Paul, I totally agree that these were R&B masterpieces, but The Supremes never did as well on the R&B charts as they did on the pop charts (twice as many pop number one hits as on the R&B charts). By 1967, some people (mostly black) were claiming that the Supremes had “sold out” and become “too white.” A ridiculous notion, but who can control public opinion? Berry Gordy built Motown to appeal to all tastes and his goal was to cross over (to white audiences), and no artists did that better than the Supremes! I think “The Happening” was the song that turned off a lot of the R&B community. But this was a monumental accomplishment for Motown. Black artists didn’t record movie theme songs back then. And it’s all about the money sometimes. The song was a bigger hit than the movie! Who can predict hit records accurately? “Reflections” would have reached number one in almost any other month; but a surprise hit in “Ode To Billie Joe” and also “The Letter” prevented that from happening and kept “Reflections” at number two on the pop charts. On the R&B charts, Aretha’s “Baby I Love You” and James Brown’s “Cold Sweat” held a tight grip on the top spot. And although we’ll never know the actual sales totals, I truly believe that “Reflections” out sold number ones like “Love Is Here And Now You’re Gone” and “The Happening.”
        It’s unfortunate that Marvin Gaye’s “I Heard It Through The Grapevine” (the original) was released so soon after “Love Child.” I don’t think Motown expected it to be such as big hit. I read where Berry didn’t care for it. And to release the same song less than a year after Gladys Knight & The Pips had done so well with it was a huge risk. “Grapevine” also prevented “I’m Gonna Make You Love Me” from reaching number one (although it reached number one in several major cities and nationally on Cash Box Magazine’s pop chart). It too stalled at number two, but that was when Motown had the top three records on the charts! The charts don’t reflect actual records sales because it’s all about what else is out at the time (as with movies).

  2. Rob Gallagher says:

    I love how Motown put #1 in the ad as soon as it was released. There was no question .

  3. peter says:

    I’ve always love that single – I think it was one of their most versatille – at their peak!

    • Paul says:

      I appreciate “Love Is Here…” the older I get. I think I appreciate it most for Diana’s really top-notch performance; she’s singing her heart out, and the spoken passages are such a smart touch. The song itself isn’t nearly as immediate or compelling as the group’s best singles, but it still works today.

  4. Alexis Bryce says:

    Initially, I wasn’t thrilled with “Love Is Here And Now You’re Gone.” Some of my classmates and I flipped the 45 single over and fell in love with “There’s No Stopping Us Now.” This could have easily been a double-side hit! Years later, we would discover how much we loved Diana’s speaking voice when she did a fair amount of talking in her remake of “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough.”

    • Rob Gallagher says:

      I always thought that “There’s No Stopping” was HDH saying “Let’s see how many words we can fit in one line before Diane runs out of breath”–“now that we found love we’ve got to hold on love..THERE’S..” That “There’s” sounds like relief. Great B-side.

      • Paul says:

        LOL Rob — yes, Diana races through “There’s No Stopping…” like nobody’s business!! The song makes perfect use of her clipped delivery and perfect enunciation. It’s amazing how good the b-sides were during this period — most of them could have easily been hits on their own.

    • Paul says:

      Alexis — I can’t imagine how tough it was for Motown to decide to stick “There’s No Stopping Us…” on the b-side. It’s a great song/performance, and easily could have been an a-side hit. Listened to today, it stands alongside most of the group’s #1 hits. “Love Is Here…” certainly isn’t my favorite Supremes single, but I like it most for Diana’s stellar performance. She was really blossoming as a singer and performer, and you can hear it on this single.

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