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Sunday, December 26, 2010

Supreme Sunday

From the Broadway musical Pippin, I Guess I'll Miss The Man was recorded and released as a single by The Supremes, from their album The Supremes Produced and Arranged by Jimmy Webb. It didn't make a lot of noise at the time it came out, barely climbing into the Billboard Hot 100. Since then it has become an audience favorite. The track is now wildly popular with fans everywhere and clips of the group performing it are always in demand on You Tube.

The pairing of The Supremes with Jimmy Webb for an album was a departure for them and for Motown. Webb had been making hits for artists like Glenn Campbell (Wichita Lineman, By The Time I Get To Phoenix) for a few years by the time Motown tapped him to produce an LP for their biggest female group. Packed with songs that were reflective of the period, the album failed to attract much attention. Audiences of the era roundly passed on it. Yet, as if often the case, time has been good to this collection of songs and today it is considered a classic; one of The Supremes' best recordings of their career.

In a clip from Soul Train, The Supremes performed the song for an adoring audience. The slow groove of its romantic feel really hit home. It still sounds great today too. One of The Supremes most effective performances, I Guess I'll Miss The Man is a gem from time gone by.


Blogger Stoned Love said...

I absolutely ADORE Jean Terrell's incredibly emotional and versatile vocals. I was lucky enough to see this lineup perform this song a couple of times when they did shows here in Birmingham, UK in 1972 and after that (being a huge 70's Supremes fan thanks to Jean) got to meet all of the Supremes except Flo. The Jimmy Webb album is TRULY a milestone in the Supremes illustrious career. A Group that survived because of their incredible lead singers: Ross/Terrell/Payne.

December 27, 2010 at 9:15 AM  

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