Diana Ross / Diana Ross & the Supremes

Someday We'll Be Together

Composed by Harvey Fuqua / Jackey Beavers / Johnny Bristol

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Diana Ross and the Supremes' last hit, "Someday We'll Be Together," was actually a cover. It was originally recorded by songwriters Johnny Bristol and Jackie Beavers as Johnny and Jackey for co-writer Harvey Fuqua and Gwen Gordy's Detroit-based label Tri Phi Records. Tri Phi was absorbed by Motown with Bristol becoming a staff songwriter/producer. He thought about teaming up again with Beavers and re-recorded "Someday We'll Be Together." After hearing it, Motown founder Berry Gordy wanted to record the song with Diana Ross. When the sessions with Ross failed to jell, Bristol came up with the idea of singing a "coaching" duet with Ross. This approach was similar to the Stevie Wonder/Clarence Paul duet on Wonder's number one R&B/number nine pop cover of Bob Dylan's "Blowing in the Wind." Issued on October 14, 1969, with a rhythm arrangement by Wade Marcus, "Someday We'll Be Together" held the number one R&B spot for four weeks and number one pop in late 1969. Some interpreted the lyrics as a ode to civil rights and favorably compared the performance to the Supremes' tender vocals on their version of "Somewhere" from West Side Story at the funeral of Martin Luther King Jr.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
Cream of the Crop 1969 Motown
Greatest Hits, Vol. 3 1969 Motown 3:15
Captured Live on Stage! 1970 Motown
Every Great #1 Hit 1974 Motown 3:20
Great Songs & Performances 1977 Motown / Universal Music 3:28
Motown Superstar Series, Vol. 1 1979 Motown 3:29
No Image 1984 Motown
25th Anniversary 1986 Motown
Music from the Wonder Years, Vol. 1 1994
Various Artists
Laserlight / Delta Distribution 3:25
Motown Legends, Vol.3 1995
Various Artists
Polygram / UMVD 3:28
The Ultimate Collection 1997 Motown 3:32
40 Golden Motown Greats 1998 Polygram
20th Century Masters: The Millennium Collection: Best of Diana Ross & the Supremes 1999 Barclay / Motown 3:30
The Universal Masters Collection 1999 Universal Distribution / Motown 3:24
More Hits by the Supremes/The Supremes Sing Holland-Dozier-Holland 2001 EMI Digital / Parlophone 3:25
Diana Ross & The Supremes Anthology 2002 Polygram / Universal/Polygram
The #1's 2003 Motown / Universal 3:32
The #1's [2004] 2004 Universal Distribution / Motown
Love Songs 2009 Motown / Universal / Universal Distribution 3:31
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