I Hear a Symphony (The Supremes)

12 JANUARY 1966


The Supremes’ single ‘I Hear a Symphony’ reached its peak UK chart position of #39 on this day, a surprisingly low position since it had been their sixth #1 over on the US Hot 100 Billboard charts.

This song was a follow-up to ‘Nothing But Heartaches’ which had ‘only’ reached #11 in the US and prompted Motown boss Berry Gordy to circulate this memo to his staff:
‘We will release nothing less than Top Ten product on any artist; and because the Supremes' world-wide acceptance is greater than the other artists, on them we will only release number-one records.’
Judging by their subsequent successes, it looks like the memo worked. This song was nice enough, but probably slightly overproduced, as though Motown were trying just a bit too hard with the Supremes.

B-side: 'Who Could Ever Doubt My Love'
Recorded: Hitsville U.S.A. (Studio A); 22, 28-30 September 1965
Released: 6 October 1965
Highest chart positions: #39 (UK), #11 (US)
Length: 2:40 (original), 3:55 (remastered) 
Label: Motown, M 1083
I Hear a Symphony (The Supremes)

'You've given me a true love
And every day I thank you, love
For a feeling that's so new
So inviting, so exciting

Whenever you're near, I hear a symphony
A tender melody
Pulling me closer, closer to your arms
Then suddenly (I hear a symphony)
Ooh, your lips are touching mine
A feeling so divine
Till I leave the past behind
I'm lost in a world
Made for you and me

Whenever you're near, I hear a symphony
Play sweet and tenderly
Every time your lips meet mine, now, baby, baby, baby
You bring much joy within
Don't let this feeling end
Let it go on and on and on, now, baby, baby, baby
Those tears that fill my eyes
I cry not for myself
But for those who've never felt the joy we felt (baby)

Whenever you're near, I hear a symphony
Each time you speak to me
I hear a tender rhapsody of love now, baby, baby
As you stand holding me
Whispering how much you care
A thousand violins fill the air, now, baby, baby
Don't let this moment end
Keep standing close to me
Ooh, so close to me, baby, baby, baby, baby
I hear a symphony
A tender melody'