I'm Livin' in Shame is a 1969 song released for Diana Ross & the Supremes on the Motown label.

It is the sequel to the Supremes' number-one hit "Love Child."

The song peaked in the top ten on the US Billboard Pop Chart at #10 and the top 20 in the UK at #14 in January and February 1969.

Background and release[edit | edit source]

Inspired by the plot of Douglas Sirk's 1959 film "Imitation of Life," The Clan composed "I'm Livin' in Shame" as a sequel to the Supremes' number-one hit single, "Love Child."

The song explores the quest of the "love child" to shun both her impoverished childhood and her mother & pass herself off to her friends and new husband as the daughter of a rich family.

The woman's mother ends up dying without ever seeing her daughter as an adult or ever meeting her two-year-old grandson to the child's regret and chagrin.

The girl group debuted the single live on the Sunday, January 5, 1969 episode of the popular CBS variety program "The Ed Sullivan Show," peaking at number 10 on the American pop chart and at 14 on the UK pop chart in late winter and early spring of 1969.

The recorded release is without the backing vocals of Mary Wilson or Cindy Birdsong (as with many singles released under this group's billing, session singers The Andantes appear on the record).

Personnel[edit | edit source]

  • LEAD VOCALS: Diana Ross
  • BACKGROUND VOCALS: The Andantes (Jackie Hicks, Marlene Barrow, and Louvain Demps)
  • INSTRUMENTATION: The Funk Brothers

Charts[edit | edit source]

Chart (1969) Peak Position
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 #10
U.S. Billboard R&B Singles Chart #8
U.K. Singles Chart #14
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