It was on this day 51 years ago, March 27, 1965, that the Supremes hit number 1 in the U.S. with Stop! In the Name of Love.
The song was the fourth of their record five straight number ones (Where Did Our Love Go, Baby Love, Come See About Me, Stop!..., Back in My Arms Again) and was written by the Motown titans Holland-Dozier-Holland with Brian Holland and Lamont Dozier producing. It went on to be nominated for a Grammy for Best Contemporary Rock & Roll Group Vocal Performance, losing to the Statler Brothers' Flowers on the Wall (yes, the Recording Academy had a bit of a problem defining rock music in those years).
Here they are on the the March 27, 1965 edition of the Hollywood Palace, hosted by Tony Randall.
The top ten singles on March 27, 1965:
- Stop! In the Name of Love - Supremes
- Can't You Hear My Heartbeat - Herman's Hermits
- The Birds and the Bees - Jewel Akens
- Eight Days a Week - Beatles
- King of the Road - Roger Miller
- Ferry Cross the Mercy - Gerry & the Pacemakers
- Shotgun - Jr. Walker & the All-Stars
- Goldfinger - Shirley Bassey
- My Girl - Temptations
- This Diamond Ring - Gary Lewis and the Playboys
- Goldfinger - Soundtrack
- Mary Poppins - Soundtrack
- Beatles '65 - Beatles
- L-O-V-E - Nat King Cole
- Where Did Our Love Go - Supremes