you keep me hangin' on (supremes re-worked)

mixed by rod layman / dmc

featuring elements from...

Beyoncé & Shakira - Beautiful Liar (Freemasons Mix Loop)


"You Keep Me Hangin' On" is a 1966 hit song originally recorded by The Supremes for the Motown label. Written and produced by Motown's main production team Holland-Dozier-Holland, and was the number-one song on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart for two weeks in November 1966.

The track is one of the more oft-covered songs in the Supremes canon. Musicians such as Wilson Pickett, Rod Stewart, Melanie Safka, and Reba McEntire have all recorded versions of the song, but the two most successful remakes were recorded by the late-1960s rock band Vanilla Fudge and 1980s pop singer Kim Wilde.

original recording...

While both are very much rooted in rhythm & blues, the song's immediate predecessor, "You Can't Hurry Love", showcased a gospel music feel, while "You Keep Me Hangin' On" leans more towards proto-funk. Songwriter Lamont Dozier got his inspiration for the song's Morse code-like guitar line from listening to the "news flash" signal over the radio, and he and brothers Brian and Eddie Holland integrated the idea into a song.

Many elements of the recording, including the guitars, the drums, and Ross's lead vocal, were multitracked (the parts were recorded multiple times and the takes layered over one another). This was all done to create a fuller sound than the previous Supremes records. H-D-H recorded the song nine different times with the Supremes and session band The Funk Brothers before they got the version they satisfied with.

"You Keep Me Hangin' On" was the first single from the Supremes' 1967 album The Supremes Sing Holland-Dozier-Holland. The original version was #339 on Rolling Stone's The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.

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