Diana Ross & the Supremes achieved their 12th (and last) number one hit with the somber love song “Someday We’ll Be Together” on December 27th in 1969. Diana Ross would soon after leave the trio in January of 1970 to pursue her own successful solo career. The track was not only the last song released by the popular girl group, it was the final American number-one hit of the 1960’s, an era that popularized Motown — making the groovy, funky blues a prominent fixture in the homes of American citizens.
At first, record executive Berry Gordy planned to have Diana Ross release the track as her first solo venture, but when he was presented with the completed song he decided to release it as the final Diana Ross & the Supremes song. The song was previously recorded by its songwriters, Johnny Bristol and Jackey Beavers, in 1961 as “Johnny & Jackey.” The duo did not find much critical acclaim for the track at the time.
Diana Ross eventually re-recorded the track as a solo artist, without the background vocals of ex-Supremes bandmates Mara Wilson and Cindy Birdsong. The trio reunited in 1983 to perform the track for the Motown 25: Yesterday, Today, Forever television special. The performance, unfortunately, did not present as a reunion of positivity – Ross and Wilson’s lingering hostility was apparent through the live show.
The track has been heavily covered by artists throughout years, giving it a varied and lasting legacy for generations to come.