It was 45 years ago today (September 17th, 1968) Diana Ross & the Supremes recorded their Number One hit, “Love Child.” The song was the group’s 11th chart topper, and a bit of a departure for the group, as it focused on a relationship resulting in an out-of-wedlock pregnancy.
The song was the first Supremes hit not written by longtime songwriters Holland-Dozier-Holland. “Love Child” is also notable for being one of the first songs to only feature Ross on the recording. Fellow Supremes Mary Wilson and Cindy Birdsong were replaced by background singers on the session. All three ladies were present on September 29th, 1968, when the group performed the song on The Ed Sullivan Show. However, instead of performing in the group’s trademark glamorous make-up and gowns, they were seen performing in sweatshirts, cut offs, and bare feet to drive home the inner-city nature of the song.