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Penn's Picks: The Supremes vs. Vanilla Fudge – You Keep Me Hanging On

Vanilla Fudge

The Supremes

Artists: The Supremes & Vanilla Fudge
Song: You Keep Me Hanging On
Writer(s): Holland – Dozier – Holland
Year Released: 1966 (Supremes) and 1967 (Vanilla Fudge)
Genre/Sub Genre: Pop/Soul (The Supremes), Hard Rock/Psyc (Vanilla Fudge)


Why it’s a “Penn’s Pick”:

Written by one of the top songwriting teams of all time, Holland-Dozier-Holland, You Keep Me Hanging On is one of those rare songs that had two distinct versions reaching the top of the charts.

The Supremes hit #1 on both the Billboard Hot 100 and R&B Singles chart with the original Pop/Soul version in 1966, and Vanilla Fudge peaked at #6 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in 1967 with their Hard Rock Psyc/Dirge version. No matter which version you prefer, one thing is for sure – it’s an amazingly well crafted, evocative and memorable song!

Which version do YOU prefer? Vote by clicking here!

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