There were 52 weeks in the year 1964 and yet during these 52 weeks, only fifteen different artists had number one hits. And those fifteen artist accounted for 23 different songs. The Beatles had six, Bobby Vinton had four and the Supremes had three, which accounts for thirteen of the 23 songs. “Come See About Me” was the third number one of the year for the Supremes. In fact, this was the first time an American act had had three number ones in succession. They would go on to have five.
This is also the third song by the Supremes that was written by the amazing Motown writing team of Lamont Dozier and the brothers Brian and Eddie Holland, better known as Holland-Dozier-Holland or sometimes, just H-D-H. These three worked for Motown between 1962 and 1967 and wrote dozens, if not hundreds, of songs for the label, many of which were big hits, not only by the Supremes but by the other artists recording for Motown. In 1967, H-D-H got into a contract dispute with Motown and left to form their own company, a big blow to the Motown label.
“Come See About Me” was released in October before their last hit “Baby Love” even hit the top of the charts. But, having two songs out at the same time didn’t hurt either one of them. “Baby Love” rose to number one and so did “Come See About Me.”
In December, 1964, the Supremes started getting around and being much more visible. They performed in the taping of one of the first rock and roll award shows, T.A.M.I. which means, depending on who you talk to, “Teenage Awards Music International” or just “Teen Age Music International.” It was recorded in October, but released as a theatrical production on December 29, 1964. T.A.M.I. included performances by some of the most popular artists of the time, including the Rolling Stones, James Brown, Chuck Berry, Gerry and the Pacemakers and many more.
On December 27, the Supremes appeared on the Ed Sullivan Show on television and sang their hit songs.
“Come See About Me” entered the pop charts on November 14, 1964 and spent one week at number one on December 19. Then the Beatles claimed the top spot with “I Feel Fine” (see next article) and stayed there for three weeks at which time “Come See About Me” returned to number for one week on January 16, 1965.