Throwback Thursday: The Supremes – “Someday We’ll Be Together”
The year was 1969. The Supremes — now known as “Diana Ross & the Supremes” — had been dominating the charts for five years and Miss Ross was preparing for a solo career. One of the songs she recorded was a cover of “Someday We’ll Be Together,” which was originally released in 1961 by doo-wop duo Johnny & Jackey. The song was supposed to be Diana’s solo debut single, but upon hearing the recording, Motown head Berry Gordy changed plans and had it released as the Supremes’ final song.
(Note: The was a reincarnation of the group in the ’70s, but the ’60s Supremes is the only one we acknowledge.)
The song, which doesn’t feature vocals from the other members of the group, ended up being the Supremes’ 12th and final No. 1 hit. This was a record for a female act until 1998, when Mariah Carey achieved a 13th No. 1 — Mariah still holds the record with a total of 18 leaders. Diana Ross, who went on to have six No. 1s as a solo artist, also has a loose claim to 18 No. 1s.