Mother Dear

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"Mother Dear"
Single by The Supremes
from the album More Hits by The Supremes
B-side "He Holds His Own"/"Who Could Ever Doubt My Love"
Released July 16, 1965 (withdrawn)
July 23, 1965 (album)
October 6, 1965 (withdrawn/canceled)
Format Vinyl record (7" 45 RPM)
Recorded Hitsville U.S.A. (Studio A); June 2 and June 21, 1965
Genre Pop
Length 2:48
Label Motown
M 1080/1083
Songwriter(s) Holland–Dozier–Holland
Producer(s) Brian Holland
Lamont Dozier
The Supremes singles chronology
"Back in My Arms Again"
"Mother Dear"
"I Hear a Symphony"

"Back in My Arms Again"
"Nothing but Heartaches"
"Mother Dear"
(1965) (withdrawn)
"I Hear a Symphony"

"Mother Dear" is a 1965 song recorded by The Supremes for the Motown label.

Written and produced by Motown's main production team, Holland–Dozier–Holland, it was an unreleased single for More Hits by The Supremes; it was canceled in favor of the single "Nothing but Heartaches", as it was considered too lightweight to follow their previous single, "Back in My Arms Again"[citation needed]. The label decided instead to release it as a follow-up single, but when "Nothing But Heartaches" failed to make it to the Top Ten, missing it by just one position and breaking the string of number-one Supremes hits, Motown chief Berry Gordy circulated a memo around the Motown offices that read as follows:

Thus the song was canceled a final time in favor of "I Hear a Symphony".[citation needed]

The song was re-recorded two more times with a second version recorded in the fall of 1965; possibly to be used as the single for its planned October release and then a third version in March 1966. The 1966 version was arranged in a style different from the previous versions with more danceable and upbeat tempo and arrangement. The second 1965 version was not released until 2012. An original stereo mix of the third version from 1966 was not released until 2000. A new mix of the third version was released in 2017 containing elements edited out from the original 1960s mix.

The song was originally recorded as 'It's All Your Fault' in February 1965; the song remained unreleased and was re-recorded as version 1 of "Mother Dear" having the lyrics changed and the instrumentals sped up. As an intended single release, The Supremes performed "Mother Dear on NBC-TV's The Dean Martin Show on a 1965 telecast. [1]



  • The Complete Motown Singles Vol. 5: 1965 [CD liner notes]. New York: Hip-O Select/Motown/Universal Records.
  • Ribowsky, Mark. "The Supremes: A Saga of Motown Dreams, Success, and Betrayal". New York: Da Capo Press, 2009.

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