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Song of the day for November 24, 2023

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The 1968 song "Love Child" by Diana Ross & the Supremes, released by Motown, topped US charts, displacing "Hey Jude" by the Beatles. It was the Supremes' 11th number-one single in the US, selling 2 million copies that year. Despite its controversial topic, it performed well on soul and pop charts. "Love Child" also topped Billboard's special 2015 chart of the Biggest Girl Groups on the Hot 100.

Today’s song is a more recent recording of the song Love Child by Diana Ross and the Supremes. This song knocked the Beatles off the top of the charts on this date in 1968. Hey Jude was the number one song until Love Child took the top spot away for the bands 11th number 1 song.

“Love Child” is a 1968 song released by the Motown label for Diana Ross & the Supremes. The second single and title track from their album Love Child, it became the Supremes’ 11th (and penultimate) number-one single in the United States, where it sold 500,000 in its first week and 2 million copies by year’s end.

The record took just three weeks to reach the Top Ten of Billboard’s Hot 100 pop chart, which eventually it topped for two weeks (issues dated November 30 and December 7, 1968), before being dethroned by an even bigger Motown single, Marvin Gaye’s “I Heard It Through the Grapevine”. “Love Child” also performed well on the soul chart — where it spent three weeks at no. 2 (behind Johnnie Taylor’s “Who’s Making Love”) — and paved new ground for a major pop hit with its then-controversial subject matter of illegitimacy. It is also the single that finally knocked the Beatles’ “Hey Jude” off the top spot in the United States after its nine-week run. The Supremes debuted the dynamic and intense song on the season premiere of the CBS variety program The Ed Sullivan Show on Sunday, September 29, 1968.In Billboard’s special 2015 chart of the Top 40 Biggest Girl Groups of All Time on the Billboard Hot 100, “Love Child” ranked highest among the Supremes’ six entries.

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