Diana Ross & The Supremes - You Keep me Hangin' on - 1966

Introduction to "You Keep Me Hangin' On" by Diana Ross & The Supremes

Welcome to this aiMOOC on "You Keep Me Hangin' On" by Diana Ross & The Supremes!

"You Keep Me Hangin' On" is a classic hit by Diana Ross & The Supremes, released in 1966. This song not only showcases the exceptional talent of Diana Ross and The Supremes but also reflects the cultural and musical zeitgeist of the 1960s. Throughout this module, you'll learn about the song's history, its impact, and its lasting legacy in music history.

Background and Release

Released in 1966, "You Keep Me Hangin' On" quickly rose to prominence...

  1. Diana Ross: Learn about the lead singer of The Supremes.
  2. The Supremes: Explore the history of this influential girl group.
  3. 1960s Music: Understand the musical landscape of the 1960s.
  4. Motown Records: Discover the record label behind the song.

Quiz: Questions on the song

What year was "You Keep Me Hangin' On" released? (1966) (!1964) (!1967) (!1965)

Who wrote "You Keep Me Hangin' On"? (Holland-Dozier-Holland) (!Smokey Robinson) (!Barry Gordy) (!Ashford & Simpson)

What genre does "You Keep Me Hangin' On" belong to? (Pop/Soul) (!Rock) (!Jazz) (!R&B)

Which record label released "You Keep Me Hangin' On"? (Motown Records) (!Atlantic Records) (!Capitol Records) (!RCA Records)

What distinct musical feature is prominent in "You Keep Me Hangin' On"? (The use of a Morse code-like guitar rhythm) (!A heavy drum solo) (!Extended saxophone interludes) (!Electronic synthesizer sounds)

Quiz: Questions on the Performer

In which city was Diana Ross born? (Detroit, Michigan) (!Chicago, Illinois) (!Atlanta, Georgia) (!Memphis, Tennessee)

Before being named "The Supremes," what was the group's original name? (The Primettes) (!The Marvellettes) (!The Starlets) (!The Dreamettes)

How many members were originally in The Supremes? (Three) (!Two) (!Four) (!Five)

What was The Supremes' first number-one hit? ("Where Did Our Love Go") (!"Baby Love") (!"Stop! In the Name of Love") (!"Come See About Me")

What year did Diana Ross leave The Supremes to pursue a solo career? (1970) (!1969) (!1971) (!1968)

Quiz: Questions on the lyrics

What is the main theme of "You Keep Me Hangin' On"? (Moving on from a failed relationship) (!Finding new love) (!Celebrating independence) (!Overcoming personal challenges)

Which line follows "Set me free, why don't cha, babe"? ("Get out my life, why don't cha, babe") (!"You don't really love me") (!"You just keep me hangin' on") (!"I can't go on this way")

What does the singer want the lover to do in the song? (Let her go) (!Come back) (!Apologize) (!Explain their actions)

How does the song convey the feeling of being unable to move on? (Through the repetitive guitar rhythm resembling Morse code) (!With a slow, sad melody) (!Through the use of a choir) (!Using a fast-paced dance beat)

What do the lyrics "You say although we broke up you still just wanna be friends" imply? (The lover is not letting go) (!They are on good terms) (!They might get back together) (!The singer is happy about the situation)


Create a memory game with matching pairs for this topic.

Diana Ross Lead singer of The Supremes
1966 Year "You Keep Me Hangin' On" was released
Motown Records Record label that released the song
Holland-Dozier-Holland Songwriters of "You Keep Me Hangin' On"
Morse code-like guitar rhythm Distinct musical feature in the song

Open Tasks


  1. Research The Supremes: Find out more about other hits by The Supremes.
  2. 1960s Fashion: Explore fashion trends during the time of this song's release.
  3. Create a Playlist: Make a playlist of Motown hits from the 1960s.


  1. Analyze Lyrics: Analyze the lyrics of "You Keep Me Hangin' On" and discuss its themes.
  2. Compare and Contrast: Compare this song to another hit from The Supremes.
  3. Write a Review: Write a review of the song focusing on its musical style and impact.


  1. Study Motown Records: Research the history and impact of Motown Records.
  2. Explore 1960s Civil Rights Movement: Investigate how the 1960s civil rights movement influenced music.
  3. Create a Documentary: Create a short documentary about Diana Ross & The Supremes.

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Oral Exam

  1. Discuss the Influence: Talk about the influence of "You Keep Me Hangin' On" on modern music.
  2. The Supremes' Legacy: Discuss the legacy of The Supremes in the context of girl groups.
  3. Motown Sound: Explain the characteristics of the Motown sound and its significance.
  4. 1960s Cultural Context: Describe the cultural context of the 1960s and how it influenced music.
  5. Comparative Analysis: Compare "You Keep Me Hangin' On" with a contemporary song dealing with similar themes.

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