Reflections (The Supremes song)

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"Reflections"
Reflections Supremes.png
Single by Diana Ross & the Supremes
from the album Reflections
B-side "Going Down for the Third Time"
Released July 24, 1967 (U.S.)
Format Vinyl record (7" 45 RPM)
Recorded March 2 and May 9, 1967
Studio Hitsville U.S.A. (Studio A)
Genre Psychedelic pop, psychedelic soul
Length 2:50 (original release)
3:18 (remastered)
Label Motown
M 1111
Songwriter(s) Holland–Dozier–Holland
Producer(s) Brian Holland
Lamont Dozier
Diana Ross & the Supremes singles chronology
"The Happening"
(1967)
"Reflections"
(1967)
"In and Out of Love"
(1967)
Audio sample
Alternative cover
Alternative cover

"Reflections" is a 1967 song recorded by The Supremes for the Motown label. It was the first Supremes record released under the new billing, Diana Ross & the Supremes, and is among their last hit singles to be written and produced by Motown's main production team Holland–Dozier–Holland (H–D–H).

The song is also among the final singles to feature Florence Ballard, who recorded vocals for this song during one of her last studio sessions before she was fired on July 1.[1] It peaked at number 2 on the United States Billboard Hot 100 pop singles chart and number 5 on the UK Singles Chart in September 1967.[2]

Background[edit]

This single, released at the height of the Summer of Love of 1967 and the Vietnam War, was the first Supremes' release to delve into psychedelic pop; H–D–H's production of the song, influenced by the psychedelic rock sounds of bands such as The Beatles and The Beach Boys, represented a shift in Motown's pop sound during the latter half of the 1960s.[3] The psychedelic influence is apparent in the song's arrangement. Although it is sometimes cited as one of the first mainstream pop recordings to feature a Moog synthesizer, the unusual sounds on the track were generated on a test oscillator and treated with effects. Motown, the Supremes' record label, purchased a Moog III synthesizer, but not until December 1967.[4]

Release and reception[edit]

"Reflections" peaked during the late summer and early fall of 1967. Making the highest debut on Billboard Hot 100 on the week of August 6, the song reached number 2 on the week ending September 9, 1967. One place short of being the group's 11th American number 1 single, "Reflections" stalled at the penultimate position for two weeks behind Bobbie Gentry's "Ode to Billie Joe", which Diana Ross re-recorded as a solo for the Reflections album.[5] The single peaked at number 5 on the UK Singles Chart.[6]

The first nationally televised performance to feature Ballard's replacement Cindy Birdsong as a member of The Supremes on American television, now billed as "Diana Ross & the Supremes", was on an episode of the ABC variety program The Hollywood Palace. The episode was hosted by entertainer Sammy Davis Jr. and first broadcast on September 26, 1967.[7]

Track listing[edit]

  • 7-inch single (July 24, 1967) (North America/United Kingdom)
  1. "Reflections" – 2:50
  2. "Going Down for the Third Time" – 2:30

Personnel[edit]

Charts[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Wilson, Mary (1988). Dreamgirl: My Life As a Supreme. 204: Random House Value Publishing. p. 292. ISBN 978-0-8154-1000-3. 
  2. ^ "Billboard Hot 100". Billboard. Nielsen Company. 79 (36): 22. 1967. Retrieved 8 May 2011. 
  3. ^ Lundy, Zeth (17 August 2007). "Reflections: Motown in 1967". PopMatters. Retrieved 20 January 2010. 
  4. ^ a b Brend, Mark (2012). The Sound of Tomorrow: How Electronic Music Was Smuggled into the Mainstream. London: Bloomsbury Academic. pp. 164–65. ISBN 978-0-8264-2452-5. 
  5. ^ Bronson, Fred (2003). Billboard Book of Number 1 Hits. 229: Billboard Books. p. 980. ISBN 978-0-8230-7677-2. 
  6. ^ Feldman, Christopher (2000). Billboard Book of Number 2 Singles. 94: Billboard Books. p. 288. ISBN 0-8230-7695-4. 
  7. ^ Host: Sammy Davis, Jr. (26 September 1967). "Sammy Davis Jr./Diana Ross & the Supremes". The Hollywood Palace. Season 5. Episode 4. Hollywood. ABC. KABC. 
  8. ^ "The Irish Charts – Search Results – Reflections". Irish Singles Chart. Retrieved June 22, 2017.
  9. ^ "Item Display - RPM - Library and Archives Canada". Collectionscanada.gc.ca. Archived from the original on 2016-08-12. Retrieved 2016-10-01. 
  10. ^ "Top 100 Hits of 1967/Top 100 Songs of 1967". MusicOutfitters.com. Retrieved 2016-10-01. 
  11. ^ "The CASH BOX Year-End Charts: 1967". Archived from the original on 2016-03-04. Retrieved 2016-05-08. 

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