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"The Happening"
Song by The Supremes
from the album The Happening and Greatest Hits
B-side"All I Know About You"
ReleasedMarch 20, 1967
RecordedLos Angeles: February 24 and February 25, 1967
Length2:52 (original release)
3:03 (remastered)
M 1107
Producer(s)Brian Holland
Lamont Dozier
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"The Happening" is a 1967 song recorded by Motown artists The Supremes. The song served as the theme song of the 1967 Columbia film The Happening, and was released as a single by Motown at the time of the film's release that spring. While the movie flopped, the song peaked at number-one on the Billboard Hot 100 pop singles chart in May,[1] becoming The Supremes' tenth number-one single in the United States,[2] peaking in the top 10 on the UK Pop Chart at number six, and in the top 5 in the Australian Pop Chart and in the Dutch Pop Chart.



Produced by Brian Holland and Lamont Dozier, and written by Holland–Dozier–Holland and Frank De Vol (The Happening's musical director), "The Happening" was the final single issued by The Supremes under that name. Between the release of "The Happening" and the next Supremes single, "Reflections," the group's billing changed to Diana Ross & the Supremes, and Florence Ballard was replaced with Cindy Birdsong of Patti LaBelle & the Blue Belles.

Ballard's final of the 17 appearances The Supremes made on the hit CBS variety television program The Ed Sullivan Show[3] was on an episode where she performed this song live from Expo 67 in Montréal on Sunday, May 7, 1967,[4] going to number-one the same week.


  • Lead vocals by Diana Ross
  • Background vocals by Florence Ballard and Mary Wilson
  • Instrumentation by The Funk Brothers

Chart history[]

Other versions[]

"The Happening" was an instrumental hit for Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass in 1967 making number 32 on the Billboard chart.[9]

Preceded by
"Somethin' Stupid" by Nancy Sinatra and Frank Sinatra
Billboard Hot 100 number one single
May 13, 1967 (one week)
Succeeded by
"Groovin'" by The Young Rascals

See also[]

  • List of Hot 100 number-one singles of 1967 (U.S.)


  1. "Billboard Hot 100". Billboard. Nielsen Company. 79 (19): 24. 1967. Retrieved 9 May 2011.
  2. Bronson, Fred: The Billboard Book of Number 1 Hits, page 223. Billboard Books, 2003.
  3. Yusuf, Nilgin (26 August 2008), "The Supremes on show", The Daily Telegraph, London
  4. "Expo '67 - The Supremes, Xavier Cugat, Charo, Roberta Peters". The Ed Sullivan Show. Season 20. Episode 33. Montreal. 7 May 1967. CBS.
  5. "flavour of new zealand - search listener". Retrieved 2016-09-30.
  6. "Item Display - RPM - Library and Archives Canada". Retrieved 2016-09-30.
  7. "Top 100 Hits of 1967/Top 100 Songs of 1967". Retrieved 5 July 2016.
  8. "Top 100 1967 - UK Music Charts". Retrieved 5 July 2016.
  9. "Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass - Chart history - Billboard". Retrieved 5 July 2016.

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