"Bad Weather" is a song composed and produced by Stevie Wonder and released as a single by Motown vocal group The Supremes in 1973. The song was then lead singer Jean Terrell's last charted single as member of the Supremes and one of the only times brief group member Lynda Laurence was featured on a Supremes single.
By 1973, the Supremes' recording career was starting to decline partially because of group members parting, and inferior material. At that point, the lineup of Jean Terrell, Cindy Birdsong
and Mary Wilson
had broken up because of Birdsong's pregnancy. When recording for the group's 1972 album, Floy Joy
wrapped up, Birdsong left on maternity leave and was replaced by former Wonderlove background singer Lynda Laurence on the cover of the Floy Joy
album. This lineup of the group set on recording the lowly-received album, The Supremes - Produced, Arranged and Composed by Jimmy Webb
but that album tanked because Motown refused to promote it. Undaunted, Laurence counted on her former mentor Stevie Wonder
to help the group find a new sound. Wonder composed and produced the single "Bad Weather" under a funkier
sound that the group had not been accustomed to.
When the song was first issued to radio in the summer of 1973, the song caught some initial positive buzz mainly from the Supremes' R&B fan base and the group performed it to a receptive audience on Soul Train
. But the buzz wore down as Motown refused to promote it and, according to Mary Wilson years later, wasn't a favorite of Terrell's or Laurence's though she loved it. The song barely charted on the Billboard charts peaking at number 87 on the Billboard Hot 100
and number 74 on the R&B singles chart
. The song only barely peaked at the top 40 of the UK singles chart
peaking at number 37. Shortly after this single was released, Terrell and Laurence left the Supremes and Mary Wilson ended up rehiring Cindy Birdsong and Scherrie Payne
to replace them in 1974. The next Supremes project, however, would take two more years to come out, in which by then, the group scored a huge disco single with "He's My Man" with Payne on lead.