You Keep Me Hangin' On

You Keep Me Hangin' On is a 1966 song by The Supremes, written and produced by the trio Holland-Dozier-Holland. It first appeared on the album The Supremes Sing Holland-Dozier-Holland.

History

The song mixes musical styles of pop, soul, funk and R&B. Unlike its predecessor, You Can't Hurry Love, this song contains call-and-response elements similar to gospel.

The Supremes' song was released on October 12, 1966 and was a number one hit in the United States.

Cover version by Vanilla Fudge

Released in 1967, this version by US psychedelic rock band Vanilla Fudge reached #6 on the US charts. In this case, the original was barely recognizable. Recorded in mono, the track was extended to 6:47 min and slowed down to slow motion, as the original tempo was cut in half. The psychedelic sound with a neoclassical organ score and sitar passages alienated the original beyond recognition.


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