I Want A Guy is the lead single from The Supremes' debut album "Meet The Supremes."

The single was released on March 9, 1961. The song was written by Berry Gordy (who also produced the song), Brian Holland & Freddie Gorman.

Song Composition[edit | edit source]

The song was a doo-wop ballad that similar to what the Supremes had been recording since forming as "The Primettes" two years earlier.

The lyrics describe a lonely woman who wants a new lover who won't mistreat her and always be loyal to her.

Chart Performance[edit | edit source]

When "I Want a Guy" was issued, it failed to chart which forced Berry Gordy to find other options for the quartet which included Barbara Martin, Diana Ross, Florence Ballard and Mary Wilson.

In fact, Diana, Florence & Mary already recorded a single called "Tears of Sorrow"/"Pretty Baby" in their previous quartet "The Primettes."

In between the two singles, the girls would replace Betty McGlown with Barbara and the new quartet would be recording under a new name (and under a new record deal).

Cover Versions[edit | edit source]

The song was also recorded by girl group The Marvelettes and was issued as a b-side to their single "Twistin' Postman" & their version of the song became a regional hit.

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