|"Stop! In the Name of Love"|
Artwork for US vinyl single
|Single by The Supremes|
|from the album More Hits by The Supremes|
|"I'm In Love Again"|
|Released||February 8, 1965 (U.S.)|
|Format||Vinyl record (7" 45 RPM)|
|Recorded||January 5, January 7, and January 11, 1965|
|Studio||Hitsville U.S.A. (Studio A)|
|Genre||Pop, R&B, soul|
|Brian Holland |
|The Supremes singles chronology|
|More Hits by The Supremes track listing|
"Stop! In the Name of Love"
Written and produced by Motown's main production team Holland-Dozier-Holland, "Stop! In the Name of Love" held the number one position on the Billboard pop singles chart in the United States from March 27, 1965 through April 3, 1965, and reached the number-two position on the soul chart.
Billboard named the song #38 on their list of 100 Greatest Girl Group Songs of All Time.
The Supremes recorded "Stop! In the Name of Love" in January 1965 and released as a single on February 8. The song was included on the Supremes' sixth album, More Hits by The Supremes, and was nominated for the 1966 Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Rock & Roll Group Vocal Performance, losing to "Flowers on the Wall" by the Statler Brothers. The song was also honored[when?] by inclusion in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's permanent collection of the 500 Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll.
The Supremes' choreography for this song involved one hand on the hip and the other outstretched in a "stop" gesture. Paul Williams and Melvin Franklin of The Temptations taught the girls the routine backstage in London, before the Supremes' first televised performance of the single on the Ready Steady Go! special "The Sound of Motown," hosted by Motown enthusiast Dusty Springfield. They also performed the song on an episode of the ABC variety program Shindig! which aired on Wednesday, February 24, 1965.
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