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The Supremes – Baby Love – 1964

About The Song

“Baby Love” is a classic soul and pop song by The Supremes, released in 1964. It became one of their most successful and recognizable hits, showcasing the vocal talents of Diana Ross and the harmonies of The Supremes. The song was written and produced by the Holland–Dozier–Holland songwriting team, contributing to the Motown sound of the 1960s.

Five facts about “Baby Love”:

  1. Chart-Topping Success: “Baby Love” topped the Billboard Hot 100 chart in the United States, marking The Supremes’ second consecutive No. 1 hit. It also reached the top of the charts in the UK, making it an international success.
  2. Harmonies and Arrangement: The song is known for its sweet and infectious harmonies, characteristic of The Supremes’ sound. The arrangement features a blend of pop and soul elements, with Diana Ross’s lead vocals complemented by the backing vocals of Mary Wilson and Florence Ballard.
  3. Motown Hit Factory: As part of Motown Records, The Supremes were a central part of the label’s hit-making machine. “Baby Love” is a prime example of Motown’s distinctive sound, with its polished production and catchy melodies.
  4. Crossover Success: “Baby Love” not only dominated the pop charts but also crossed over to the R&B charts, highlighting The Supremes’ ability to appeal to a broad audience. It contributed to their status as one of the most successful girl groups of the 1960s.
  5. Diana Ross and The Supremes: The song solidified Diana Ross’s position as the lead singer of The Supremes. Her emotive and dynamic vocals on “Baby Love” played a crucial role in the song’s success and contributed to the group’s overall popularity during this era.



Ooh baby love, my baby love
I need you, oh how I need you
But all you do is treat me bad
Break my heart and leave me sad
Tell me, what did I do wrong
To make you stay away so long

‘Cause baby love, my baby love
Been missing ya, miss kissing ya
Instead of breaking up
Let’s do some kissing and making up
Don’t throw our love away
In my arms, why don’t you stay?

Need ya, need ya
Baby love, ooh, baby love

Baby love, my baby love
Why must we seperate, my love
All of my whole life through
I never loved no one but you
Why you do me like you do?
I get this need

Ooh, ooh, need to hold you
Once again, my love
Feel your warm embrace, my love
Don’t throw our love away
Please don’t do me this way
Not happy like I used to be
Loneliness has got the best of me

My love, my baby love
I need you, oh how I need you
Why you do me like you do
After I’ve been true to you
So deep in love with you

Baby, baby, ooh till it’s hurtin’ me
Till it’s hurtin’ me
Ooh, baby love
Don’t throw our love away
Don’t throw our love away