Supremely Tempting

It’s Song Lyric Sunday again! This week Jim Adams has chosen the Halloween related prompts of Ghost/Pumpkin/Trick/Treat/Witch. So, I’ve chosen “I’m Gonna Make You Love Me” by Diana Ross & the Supremes and The Temptations.

Lyrics

Eddie:
I’m gonna do all the things for you, a girl wants a man to do.
Oh, baby (Oh, baby)
I’ll sacrifice for you, I’ll even do wrong for you.
Oh, baby (Oh, baby)

Every minute, every hour.
I’m gonna shower you with love and affection.
Look out it’s coming in your direction.
And I’m… I’m gonna make you love me.
Oh, yes I will.
Yes I will.
I’m gonna make you love me.
Oh, yes I will.
Yes I will.

Diana:
Look it here.
My love is strong, you see.
I know you’ll never get tired of me.
Oh, baby (Should won’t) (Oh baby)
And I’m gonna use every trick in the book.
I’ll try my best to get you hooked.
Hey, baby (Take me I’m yours) (Hey, baby)

And every night, every day.
I’m gonna say.
I’m gonna get you, I’m gonna get you.
Look out boy, ’cause I’m gonna get you.

I’m gonna make you love me.
Ooo, yes I will.
Yes I will.
And I’m gonna make you love me.
Ooo, yes I will
You know I will.

Every breathe I take.
And each and every step I make.
Brings me closer, baby.
Closer to you.

Otis:
And with each beat of my heart.
For every day we are apart.
I’ll hunger for every wasted hour.

Eddie:
And every night and every day.
I’m gonna get you, I’m gonna get you.
Look out ’cause I’m gonna get you.

And I’m gonna make…
I’m gonna make you love me.
Oh, oh. (Yes I will)
I’m gonna make you love me.
Ooo, yes I will. Yes I will.
I’m gonna make you love me.
Yes I will. (Yes I will)
Ooo, I’m gonna make you love me.
Yes I will.
Yes I will.For non-commercial use only.Data from: LyricFind

The Story

  1. Diana Ross and The Supremes
  • The group formed as a teenage quartet with Ross, Wilson, Ballard, and McGlown. In 1960, McGlown left to concentrate on her studies and was replaced by Barbara Martin. In 1961, when Martin left to start a family, the Supremes became a trio. In 1967, Ballard was fired from the group and was replaced by Cindy Birdsong. Jean Terrell replaced Ross in 1970. Birdsong was replaced by Lynda Laurence in 1972. Scherrie Payne replaced Terrell and Birdsong returned replacing Laurence in 1973. Birdsong left again in 1976 and was replaced by Susaye Greene. Finally in 1977, they disbanded.
  • When The Supremes formed, the members took turns singing lead. In 1962, Motown president Berry Gordy made Diana Ross the sole lead singer.
  • The Supremes had 12 #1 hits in the US and 33 in the Top 40.
  • Before joining the Supremes, Cindy Birdsong was a member of Patti LaBelle and the Blue Belles.
  • On January 14, 1970, Diana Ross gave her final performance with the Supremes at the Frontier Hotel in Las Vegas. At the end of the show, she introduced Jean Terrell (discovered and chosen by Berry Gordy) as the new lead singer. In her two autobiographies, Mary Wilson said that the next morning after that concert, Berry Gordy called Mary telling her that he changed his mind and wanted Syreeta Wright to replace Ross. Mary (knowing that it would be stupid to do since the Supremes already began working on a new album with Terrell) strictly refused, and Berry Gordy threatened to wash his hands of the group.
  • In 1972, Cindy Birdsong left the Supremes because she was expecting a baby; she was replaced by Lynda Laurence. One year later, Laurence left the group for the same reason and was replaced by Birdsong.
  • In the mid-’60s, all three members had flings with married men in the Motown community: Ross with Smokey Robinson and Berry Gordy; Wilson with Duke Fakir of The Four Tops, Ballard with Otis Williams of The Temptations.
  • In June 1977, the Supremes gave their farewell performance at the Drury Lane Theatre in London.
  • Mary Wilson was the mainstay, with the group from beginning to end.
  • Before they became the Supremes, they were called the Primettes. They formed as a sister group to a male group called the Primes (this group would later be renamed the Temptations). In early 1961, when they signed with Motown, they were told to change their group name because Berry Gordy didn’t like it. Florence Ballard chose the name “Supremes.”
  • Before signing to Motown, they recorded for a local label called LuPine in 1960.
  • When Ballard was replaced by Cindy Birdsong in 1967, their group name was changed to “Diana Ross and the Supremes.” When Miss Ross left to go solo in 1970, the group name went back to being “the Supremes.” Sometimes, the Supremes of the seventies are called “the new Supremes.”
  • On a few of their ’70s songs, Mary Wilson shared the lead vocals with Jean Terrell and later with Scherrie Payne. On their last album, Mary, Scherrie & Susaye, all three members took the lead.
  • After Florence Ballard was fired from the group in 1967, she attempted a solo career with ABC Records. She recorded an album that was never released and her two 1968 solo singles failed to chart. ABC dropped her just nine months after signing her. Eventually, she became one of rock’s biggest tragedies. She lost her house, her marriage and career crumbled, her health deteriorated because of her weight gain and addictions to alcohol and different medications, and she and her three daughters ended up having to live on welfare. On February 22, 1976, she died of cardiac arrest; she was only 32 years old.

2. The Temps

  • Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff wrote this song along with Gamble’s manager and songwriting partner Jerry Ross. It was an early hit for Gamble and Huff, who went on to form Philadelphia International records and work on hits like “Back Stabbers” and “Me And Mrs. Jones.” Gamble and Huff re-used the lyrics, “I’m gonna shower you with love and affection, look out, it’s comin’ in your direction” in “Expressway (To Your Heart),” which they wrote for the Soul Survivors earlier in 1967.
  • For this song, Diana Ross and Eddie Kendricks share the lead vocals, but Otis Williams does the spoken interlude with Ross.
  • Other artists who have covered this song include Nick DeCaro, the Lettermen, Play and Chris Trousdale, and Clodagh Rodgers.

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