“LOVE IS LIKE AN ITCHING IN MY HEART – Diana Ross and the Supremes”

“Love Is Like an Itching in My Heart” is a 1966 song recorded by The Supremes for the Motown label.

Written and produced by Motown’s main production team of Holland–Dozier–Holland, the song was recorded in June 1965 and not released until April 1966. It was one of the few songs written by the team for The Supremes that didn’t reach number one on the Billboard Hot 100 pop singles chart in the United States, peaking at number nine for one week in May 1966.[1]

The uptempo and brassy dance single was somewhat of a departure from the group’s much lighter, pop-oriented sound, with a production set for an uptempo soul sound similar to that of material by fellow Motown groups Martha and the Vandellas and The Four Tops. The lyrics tell of how the narrator has been “bitten by the love bug” and no matter what she does, she can’t “scratch it” (the itch created by the bite of the love bug). Lead singer Diana Ross’ band mates Florence Ballard and Mary Wilson accompany

Ross, as she sings about her lover’s grasp on her heart. The girl group performed the hit live on CBS variety program The Ed Sullivan Show on Sunday, May 1, 1966.[2]


16 thoughts on ““LOVE IS LIKE AN ITCHING IN MY HEART – Diana Ross and the Supremes”

    1. Actually gunnardeckare, the Motown music history is parallel with the British music invasion. A very interesting time in rock, r&b, soul, folk, counter, jazz and a few new genres. Hope you find them enjoyable.

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  1. As a Michigan guy, I love Motown! This is one of my favorite Supreme songs! When I worked at an Urban Contemporary station in 1991, there was a updated cover of it done by the Good Girls. It’s a bit more “electronic” but we played it and it got good response. The Supremes version, however, is the best.

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    1. Thank you for appreciating AOC’s shares. Music memories of yesterday are alive and come thru loud and clear over all modern chaos. As for me, I have not heard the electro version, it may be a nice sound. However, the original is mist often better. I love most all of the Supremes equally. Our current generation love oldies as well. Seems as though music was being played and heard everywhere during those years. And now with today’s modern technology not only has music quality declined, but at the same time today’s music is not being blasted everywhere but blotted out by media competition. Or maybe modern music reoredents more noise than music, which can only mean music noise blends into the world’s noise as one of the same. An excellent opportunity for oldies to be heard and appreciated. Thank you again for this coffee chat! ❤


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