“I’ll Try Something New
” is a song written by
and originally released in 1962 by
on Motown Records‘ Tamla subsidiary label. Their version was a Billboard Top 40 hit, peaking at #39, and just missed the Top 10 of its R&B chart, peaking at #11. The song was released later as a joint single by Diana Ross & the Supremes and The Temptations, also becoming a charting version on the Billboard 100 pop singles chart, peaking for two weeks in April 1969 at number 25.
In the song, the narrator (Smokey Robinson) describes how if he feels that if his first attempt at trying to show his lover affection was not good enough, then he’d try something new to keep their love alive:
“I will build you a castle with a tower so high it reaches the Moon. I’ll gather melodies from birdies that fly and compose you a tune. Give you lovin’ warm as Mama’s oven, and if that don’t do, then I’ll try something new.”
The Miracles issued the original version of the song in 1962, and with wife and fellow Miracles member Claudette’s voice clearly audible in the chorus (hey Venus…). Smokey and Motown founder Berry Gordy produced the song with an Oriental feel to it, with unusually lush-for-the-period orchestration and sweeping strings, showcasing The Miracles’ harmonies and Robinson’s production style.
‘ original version peaked number 39 on the Billboard Hot 100 pop charts and number 11 on the R&B singles chart. It became the title track from their 1962 album,
I’ll Try Something New