- 2 Cover versions and other uses
- 3 References
- 4 External links
Written and produced by Motown's main production team of Holland–Dozier–Holland, the song's slow tempo accompanies a somber lyric which delves into the feelings of depression which can set in after a breakup; instrumentally, this is showcased with a gothic and dramatic musical arrangement and use ofharpsichord, in tow with the trend of baroque pop during the mid-1960s.
"My World Is Empty Without You" was one of the few songs written by the team for The Supremes that didn't go to number one, peaking at number five on theUS pop chart for two weeks in February 1966 and at number 10 on the R&B chart; the single failed to chart on the UK Singles Chart. The group performed the song on the CBS hit variety program The Ed Sullivan Show on Sunday, February 20, 1966.
- Lead vocals by Diana Ross
- Background vocals by Mary Wilson and Florence Ballard
- Instrumentation by The Funk Brothers
|U.S. Billboard Hot 100||5|
|U.S. Billboard R&B Singles Chart||10|
|U.S. Cash Box Pop Singles Chart||5|
|U.S. Cash Box Year End Chart||55|
One of the earliest released covers of the song is by Jose Feliciano, on the b-side of his 1968 album Souled. "My World Is Empty Without You" is sampled onMC Lyte's 1991 socially-conscious rap ballad "Poor Georgie," from the album Act Like You Know. It has also been covered by Diamanda Galas. The song is also sampled on J. Cole's "World is Empty" from his The Warm Up mixtape. The song was also released as a single by the band The Afghan Whigs, as noted below:
All songs written and composed by Greg Dulli, except where noted.
|12" vinyl (SP42/203), CD (SPCD42/203)|
|1.||"My World Is Empty Without You" (cover)||Holland, Dozier, Holland||3:46|
|2.||"Conjure Me" (album version)||Dulli, McCollum, Curley, Earle||4:04|
|3.||"You My Flower" (album version)||3:46|