March 1967: The Supremes Hit No. 1 with "Love Is Here and Now You're Gone"

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The start of '67 was an exciting time for the ladies of The Supremes. 

Paired with the expert songwriting team Holland-Dozier-Holland, the Supremes were equipped with a string of hit singles that would keep the Motown ladies battling with others superstars, like The Beatles, for the top throne on the charts. 

The Motown trio would triumphantly unseat the Rolling Stones with "Love Is Here and Now You're Gone" on March 11, 1967, for a chart run that would spawn a string of 12 chart-toppers in five years, a sequence of success many artists could only dream of. 

The Supremes recorded the song in Los Angeles with The Wrecking Crew, in place of their usual backing from the Funk Brothers. With sweet and welcoming sentiments, The Supremes filled the song with melodramatic, but earnest spoken tidbits "Into your arms, I fell, so aware / Of the loneliness that was waiting there" that would nuance the song's emptiness with lilting passages of love. 

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