December 29: The Supremes Release “My World Is Empty Without You”

 

After the Supremes’ last single “Nothing But Heartaches” missed the Top 10, their producers Holland-Dozier-Holland regrouped, came up with lyrics about tears of joy and a thousand violins, gave Ross a more challenging vocal, made the orchestra bigger, and the Supremes were back on top with “I Hear a Symphony” for two weeks starting November 20. They followed it up with their most ambitious single yet, “My World Is Empty Without You,” in foreboding minor key with harpsichord and organ. It only made No. 5, but when the Stones retooled it for “Paint it Black” they’d take it all the way to No. 1 the following year.

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