I'll Try Something New

Album: Diana Ross and the Supremes Join the Temptations (1968)
Charted: 25
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  • This was Diana Ross and the Supremes' second hit with The Temptations - it was credited to "Diana Ross and The Supremes & The Temptations. Like their previous hit ("I'm Gonna Make You Love Me"), it is a cover of an older song and this version was a bigger hit than the original. Written by William "Smokey" Robinson, a version by his group The Miracles reached #39 back in 1962. For this version, Eddie Kendricks and Diana Ross sing the first and second verses respectively and Melvin Franklin and Kendricks take turns with Ross while singing the bridge. >>
    Suggestion credit:
    Jerro - New Alexandria, PA
  • Smokey Robinson remembers writing this song at a ball game when he took his father to see the Indians play the Tigers. His father is an Indians fanatic, and Smokey was laughing at him because the Tigers were killing Cleveland. During the game, the sad song came to him. He gets a chuckle when people say, "You must have been very melancholy when you wrote that. I think that a song should be poetic." Smokey said: "I want to hear something that rhymes." >>
    Suggestion credit:
    DeeTheWriter - Saint Petersburg, Russia Federation

Comments: 3

  • Jennifur Sun from RamonaStill my favorite song Smokey ever wrote. loved that Harp on the opening of the Miracles version
  • Jennifur Sun from RamonaMy fav Miricles song. Can't imagine a guy loving you enough he would write something like this, although hearing about the baseball game sort of deadens that thrill. love the harp opening on it especially.
  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn April 13th 1969, Diana Ross appeared, as a solo artist, on the NBC-TV special 'Dinah Shore's Like Hep' show...
    At the time she had two records on Billboard's Hot Top 100 chart; at #25* with the Supremes & the Temptations with "I'll Try Something New" and lower down the chart at #53 with just the Supremes with "The Composer"...
    Her first solo effort to make the Top 100 would come a year later in April of 1970 with "Reach Out and Touch (Somebody's Hand)"; it would peak at #20 on the chart...
    * #25 was its peak position on the Top 100, it was at #25 for two weeks.
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