Love Is Here and Now You're Gone

Album: The Supremes Sing Holland-Dozier-Holland (1967)
Charted: 17 1

Songfacts®:

  • Written and produced by the Motown team of Eddie Holland, Lamont Dozier and Brian Holland (Holland-Dozier-Holland), this is another Supremes songs with lots of dynamic tension between the music and lyric. Diana Ross, the lead singer and focal point of the group, sings about a man who seduced her into falling in love with him, but as soon as she did, he split, leaving her with just his empty promises.

    The music is much more cheerful though, which was by design. "We had this kind of soft, personal feeling of chords and melody going underneath the artist singing that gave us a nice feeling," Dozier said in a Songfacts interview. "Torchy but not torchy, fun but not over-produced."
  • Diana Ross does three spoken interludes in this song, delivering dire statements like "You gave me faith, then took my hope."

    These were Eddie Holland's idea; he noticed that Ross would get very emotional when she sang, and thought she could pull off a dramatic reading - they called it "talk singing." It's something Ross did later on her solo hit "Ain't No Mountain High Enough."

    With this talent for emoting her materical, it was no surprise when her acting career took off.
  • This was the first Supremes song that wasn't recorded in Motown's Hitsville USA studios in Detroit. By 1966, the label had signed artists on the West Coast, so Berry Gordy sent the Holland-Dozier-Holland to Los Angeles to investigate studios there. "Love Is Here and Now You're Gone" was the first song the trio attempted in this new environment, using the stalwart session musicians who backed The Monkees, The Mamas & the Papas and many other California hitmakers. When the song took off, it proved that Motown could succeed outside of its own studios and without their house band, The Funk Brothers. The next Supremes single, "The Happening," was also recorded there and went to #1.
  • Eddie Holland wrote the lyrics to this song. He said that of all the Supremes' hits, this one is his favorite. >>
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  • This was the ninth #1 hit for The Supremes. It came at a transitional time, as group member Florence Ballard was nearing the end of her time with Motown, and the Holland-Dozier-Holland team, who wrote and produced all none of those #1 hits, were also growing frustrated with the label. They ended up leaving in 1968, forming their own label with acts like The Chairmen Of The Board and Freda Payne. Ballard felt like a backup singer to Diana Ross, and her refusal to accept that status led to her departure soon after the song was released. By the end of 1967, the group was being billed as "Diana Ross & the Supremes."

Comments: 14

  • Sam Williams from Sherman Oaks, CaI think it's well established by now that this song was not recorded in Detroit with the Funk Brothers, but in Los Angeles with the Wrecking Crew, but it's still kind of unclear as to who were the musicians on this song, but one theory I do have about one musician that might be on this particular record is that even though this was recorded in Los Angeles with The Wrecking Crew, there is a strong possibility Holland Dozier Holland flew a couple of Detroit Funk Brothers musicians out to LA to record this song with the Wrecking Crew, and according to the Standing In the Shadows Of Motown book written by Allan Slutsky, the bass player on this song WAS in fact James Jamerson, which makes sense because his playing is very recognizable and since HDH was so new to the LA recording scene at that time (like this article says, this was the Supreme's first major hit recorded in LA and not in Detroit), I don't think they would have taken a chance on a LA bass player they didn't know very well or could trust they could give them what they wanted as far as a good bass line is concerned, so more then likely they flew James from Detroit to LA to play on this particular song, because they already knew James and they knew that they could get a sure fire hit with him playing bass on the song and not some LA session bass player they hardly knew or didn't really know at all. now for their next hit they recorded in Los Angeles with the Supremes (the Happening) they might have used a different bass player then James, but the Wiki page on the Funk Brothers gives some good details on who were some of the LA session musicians who played on Motown hit records as early as 1967. I asked Eddie Holland if he remembers who played the iconic Harpsichord part on this song, he couldn't remember. Oh well, I mean these songs were recorded 53 years ago so there is that.
  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn March 4, 1967, the Supremes* performed "Love is Here and Now You're Gone" on the Dick Clark ABC-TV Saturday-afternoon program 'American Bandstand'...
    At the time the song was in it's second of two weeks at #2 on Billboard's Top 100 chart, the following week it would peak at #1 {for 1 week} and it spent eleven weeks on the Top 100...
    And on the same day it peaked at #1 on the Top 100 it also reached #1 {for 2 weeks} on Billboard's Hot R&B Singles chart...
    It was the third of four straight #1 records on the Top 100, started with "You Can't Hurry Love", followed by "You Keep Me Hangin' On", then this one, and finally "The Happening"...
    After four straight #1 records,their next release, "Reflections", would peak at #2...
    Between 1962 and 1976 the Motown trio had forty-five records on the Top 100 chart, twenty made the Top 10 with twelve reaching #1...
    They just missed having two more #1 records when both the above "Reflections" and "I'm Gonna Make You Love Me" peaked at #2...
    * For their first eighteen charted records they were 'The Supremes', then for their next thirteen charted records it was 'Diana Ross and the Supremes, and finally for their last fourteen charted records it was back to 'The Supremes' but without Diana Ross as a member.
  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn January 22nd 1967 the Supremes performed "Love Is Here and Now Your Gone" on the NBC-TV program 'The Andy Williams Show'...
    And on very same day in entered Billboard's Hot Top 100 chart; and on March 5th it peaked at #1 (for 1 week) and spent 11 weeks on the Top 100 (and 7 of those 11 weeks were on the Top 10)...
    The very same day it peaked at #1 on the Top 100 it also reached #1 (for 2 weeks) on Billboard's R&B Singles chart...
    It replaced "Ruby Tuesday" by the Rolling Stones at #1 on the Top 100, and on the R&B Singles chart it was Freddie Scott's "Are You Lonely For Me" that it knocked out of the top spot...
    R.I.P Mr. Williams (1927 - 2012) and Ms. Ballard (1943 - 1976).
  • Daniel from Sunny Isles Beach, FlI guess I gave decent musical taste since this is my favorite Supremes song along with the man who wrote them all. Just an amazing song.
  • Guy from Montréal, QcI clearly remember that when I first heard that song I thought the arrangement was quite daring and advanced for 1967. Even by today's standards, I still believe this is a very sophisticated and original composition.
  • Joseph from Memphis, TnI always thought that Michael took Diana's hiccups for himself. Just listen to his latter 80s and early 90s albums.
  • John from Nashville, TnProbably the only Supremes #1 hit that has a marching 12/8 time signature.
  • John from Nashville, TnOne-hit wonder R. Dean Taylor ("Indiana Wants Me") claims to have ghostwritten this song with Holland/Dozier/Holland.
  • Kristin from Bessemer, AlWhen the Supremes presented this song on "The Andy Williams Show" on NBC on January 22, 1967, Diana was actually singing with a live recording, instead of lip-synching, and it gave sort of a dual-voice effect, like on the recording on "You Keep Me Hangin' On".
  • Jim from Dearborn Heights , MiThis is also one of my top 5 hit songs by The Supremes i can relate to every one of their songs and i love them and their songs because they all sing about one thing Love and it is wonderful i have been a fan for over 26 years i have all their albums i have cassettes 45's CD's and video tapes of their shows and concerts and i have pictures of them in my room and also photo albums with their pictures and articles in it i also have Mary Wilson autograph and have all the books that have been written on them as well
  • Willy Mccoy from Seattle, WaJames Jamersons bass line in this song is superbe. The layering as well as string arrangement is way beyond what's being done today and only four tracks!!
  • Brad from Cleveland, OhIt's by far the most beautiful sounding Supremes hit there is!
  • Bevy from Rialto, CaHa ha Frank! I've always thought that gasp or whatever she does sounded pretty weird too. And after she does it ( cough ) her vocal is cut off sharply and then they launch into the chorus. Bad editing job. But I still love this song. So melodramatic...I love the Supremes. I thought about mailing the lyrics to my estranged boyfriend, but, how old am I?!?
  • Frank from Westminster, ScDiana Ross' "lonely cry" sounds like something you'd emit when the doctor tells you to turn your head and cough.
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