Tuesdays Tunes: “Love Child” Diana Ross and the Supremes

Love Child (1968) | THE DIANA ROSS PROJECT
(Released in 1968)

This is one of those songs like “Poppa Was a Rolling Stone”, “Cloud Nine”, “What’s Going On”, “Everyday People” and others, that emerged during the late sixties and early seventies, that dealt with social issues affecting the inner cities of the United States. This one was one of the first that I recall. And I must say, I always loved this tune, although I first heard it much later than 1968.

When I examined the lyrics I realised that it dealt with a severe social situation prevalent in the US and that affected, mostly but not exclusively, African-Americans. It is hard to understand how Black people that had developed the nation alongside with the European-Americans could be treated so badly. After all, both groups arrived more or less at the same time, albeit the African ones were brought in as slaves.

Diana Ross & The Supremes - Love Child (Lyrics) - YouTube
(“Love Child”)

In any event, “Love Child” narrates the story of a woman trying to stop her boyfriend from sleeping with her, fearing that they would produce a ‘love child’. In other words, another little girl, like her, born in extreme poverty, a product of a one night stand, no father to be had, suffering her mother’s guilt and coping with the situation she is made to live with. That being dealing with shame and fear of rejection. By the end of the song she is resolute that the same thing will not happen to a child of her own.

Love Child- by Diana Ross & The Supremes (Lyrics) - YouTube
(Diana Ross & the Supremes 1968)

This song was included in the album Love Child by Diana Ross & the Supremes. It was a number one shit in the US, selling half a million copies in the first week. This was the single that knocked “Hey Jude” by The Beatles off the number one spot it had occupied for nine weeks. In the UK it topped at number 15.

“Love Child” was written by a group of writers that Motown called The Clan, they were: R. Dean Taylor, Frank Wilson, Pam Sawyer, Deke Richards.

So, take a listen and tell me what you think…

CHEERS!

15 comments

  1. Sheree · May 11

    Sad how little has changed in the intervening years

  2. I always loved this song and I enjoyed looking at the fab outfits they wore.

  3. ourcrossings · May 11

    I love Diana Ross, she certainly has lived a remarkable life marked by personal and professional triumphs. Thanks for sharing and have a lovely day. Aiva 🙂

    • I’m so glad you liked it Aiva, it’s a rather cool song I must say…always loved Diana Ross and the Supremes. You know the Supremes never sang on the records? Motown had a female back up vocals group that recorded with Diana Ross…in public shows, the Supremes sang. Curious, no?

  4. macalder02 · May 11

    Fue un trío que marco una época en la música y después Diana Ross la completó como solista.

  5. azurea20 · May 11

    Música sesentera. Me ha gustado mucho. Saludos.

  6. Brad Osborne · May 11

    Great post, Francisco! It is sad that we have made such little progress. Glad you mentioned “The Clan”. They were responsible for hundreds of Motown hits.

  7. tiffanyarpdaleo · May 12

    I’ve always had a thing for the Supremes, and mad respect for Diana Ross! A friend of mine used to design their gowns, he says they were the sweetest ladies!

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