Gem of the Week: “Living in Shame” by Diana Ross and The Supremes

11 Jun

Motown music holds a big place in my heart right along with my rock ‘n’ roll soul with a side of hip-hop. My gem goes out to one of my favorite Diana Ross and The Supremes songs, (1969) Living in Shame.

This week Ross will begin her In The Name of Love 2014 Tour on June 13th here in Detroit (also her hometown) but since it’s a weekday I will unfortunately have to miss out on seeing this Motown legend!  I will however reflect on how much I loved listening to The Supremes as a little girl.

I’m proud that Detroit is known for the Motown Sound! The Supremes had several number one hits and gold records throughout their career. I think it’s safe to say they are one of the most influential and succesful groups to come out of the Motown era.

According to the website, The Supremes commercial appeal during the 1960’s actually rivaled The Beatles! In the about section for The Supremes it further stated how their music helped redefine America as a multi-cultural society. 

My exposure to their music happened when I was eight and my mom played a cassette mix tape of Diana Ross and The Supremes songs. I loved listening to that tape. I didn’t know the song titles then because none got written on the tape. I use to identify it as the white tape and I loved listening to the whole thing. I even use to tell my moms friends that Diana Ross was my favorite singer and they would laugh at me and ask me how I knew who she was.

I now have the names to those songs from that tape. The ones I remember listening to the most were: Love Child, Reflections, Someday We’ll Be Together. And my featured favorite song Living in Shame, which told a sad story with lyrics that I remember to this day. The song carries a lesson for everyone to just love your mama no matter what!

I wish I was going to the show this week but in the meantime, I have shared the link from theSUPREMEscene You Tube channel for Living in Shame. It really is a gem to listen to.


3 Responses to “Gem of the Week: “Living in Shame” by Diana Ross and The Supremes”

  1. Carolyn June 12, 2014 at 1:19 am #

    I love Motown too! I also grew up listening to The Supremes and my Grandma lived a few houses down from Diana Ross’s dad. She would come into town visit him in her limo, and my Grandma said she got to meet Diana a few times at different events around town and she was very sweet and down to earth for a celebrity.


    • Loreen G June 12, 2014 at 2:09 am #

      How cool! She seems like she is down to earth person. I wish I would have known sooner about this show. I know you would have gone with me:)


  2. Thom Hickey June 12, 2014 at 12:48 pm #

    Great stuff! Regards from Thom at the immortal jukebox (where there will be plenty of Motown classics).


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