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The Supremes
Also known as The Primettes; Diana Ross & the Supremes
Origin Detroit, Michigan, United States
Genre(s) R&B, pop, soul
Years active 1959–1977
Label(s) Lupine, Motown
Associated acts The Temptations
Former members
Florence Ballard (1959-1967)
Mary Wilson (1959-1977)
Betty McGlown (1959-1960)
Diana Ross (1959-1970)
Barbara Martin (1960-1962)
Cindy Birdsong (1967-1972, 1973-1976)
Jean Terrell (1970-1973)
Lynda Laurence (1972-1973)
Scherrie Payne (1973-1977)
Susaye Greene (1976-1977)

The Supremes were a Grammy Award-nominated R&B girl group during the 1960s and 1970s. They were the most successful American singing group during the Rock and Roll era, and, second only to The Beatles in charts and sales. Active from 1959 until 1977, the Supremes performed, at various times, doo-wop, pop, soul, Broadway show tunes, and disco. Look up Supremes in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... Detroit redirects here. ... This article is about the U.S. State. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... R&B redirects here. ... This article is about the genre of popular music. ... For other uses, see Soul music (disambiguation). ... In the music industry, a record label can be a brand and a trademark associated with the marketing of music recordings and music videos. ... Lupine Records was a small local record label in Detroit, Michigan, active during the late-1950s and 1960s. ... Motown Records, also known as Tamla-Motown outside of the United States, is a record label originally based out of Detroit, Michigan (Motor City, hence mo(tor)town), from where it achieved widespread international success. ... “Temptations” redirects here. ... Florence Glenda Ballard Chapman, nicknamed Flo or Blondie, (June 30, 1943 – February 22, 1976) was an American singer, and one of the original lead singers of the Motown act The Supremes. ... Mary Wilson (born March 6, 1944 in Greenville, Mississippi) is an American singer best known for her work as a member of the Motown soul and pop group The Supremes. ... Betty McGlown was an African American singer, one of the founding members of THe Primettes, later known as The Supremes. ... For the author-illustrator, see Diana Ross (author). ... Barbara Martin was a short lived Primette and Supreme who joined the group after the departure of Betty Mc Glown in 1960. ... Cindy Birdsong (center) with The Supremes in 1970, on the cover of the Right On LP. Cindy Birdsong (born Cynthia Ann Birdsong on December 15, 1939 in Camden, New Jersey) is an African-American singer. ... Jean Terrell (left) with The Supremes in 1970, on the cover of the Right On LP. Jean Terrell (born November 26, 1944 in Belzoni, Mississippi) is an American R&B and jazz singer, best known for having replaced Diana Ross in the Supremes in 1970. ... Lynda Laurence (also spelled Lawrence, born Lynda Tucker) is an African-American singer. ... Scherrie Payne (born November 4, 1944 in Detroit, Michigan} is an African-American singer. ... Susaye Greene is an African-American singer, noted for being the last official member to join Motown girl group The Supremes, remaining in the group during its final year of existence from 1976 to 1977. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... The 1960s decade refers to the years from the beginning of 1958 to the end of 1974. ... The 1970s decade refers to the years from 1970 to 1979, also called The Seventies. ... Motto: (traditional) In God We Trust (official, 1956–present) Anthem: The Star-Spangled Banner Capital Washington, D.C. Largest city New York City Official language(s) None at the federal level; English de facto Government Federal Republic  - President George W. Bush (R)  - Vice President Dick Cheney (R) Independence - Declared - Recognized... The White Album, see The Beatles (album). ... Doo-wop is a style of vocal-based rhythm and blues music popular in the mid-1950s to the early 1960s in America. ... This article is about the genre of popular music. ... For other uses, see Soul music (disambiguation). ... For other uses of Broadway, see Broadway. ... Showtunes are songs written for musical theater productions, such as: The Phantom of the Opera Jesus Christ Superstar Oklahoma! Guys and Dolls Cabaret See also Musical theater Categories: Stub ... This article is about the music genre. ...


The most successful of the Motown Records' signature acts, The Supremes charted twelve American number-one hits between 1964 and 1969.[1] Many of these singles were written and produced by Motown's main songwriting and production team, Holland-Dozier-Holland. The crossover success of the Supremes during the mid-1960s paved the way for future black soul and R&B acts to gain mainstream audiences both in the United States and overseas. Motown Records, also known as Tamla-Motown outside of the United States, is a record label originally based out of Detroit, Michigan (Motor City, hence mo(tor)town), from where it achieved widespread international success. ... “Hot 100” redirects here. ... Holland-Dozier-Holland is a songwriting and production team made up of Lamont Dozier and brothers Brian Holland and Edward Holland, Jr. ... For other uses, see Soul music (disambiguation). ... R&B redirects here. ...


Founded in Detroit, Michigan in 1959, The Supremes began as a quartet called The Primettes. Founding members Florence Ballard, Mary Wilson, Diana Ross and Betty McGlown, all from the Brewster-Douglass public housing project in Detroit,[2] were the sister act to The Primes (with Paul Williams and Eddie Kendricks, who would go on to form The Temptations).[2] In 1960, Barbara Martin replaced McGlown, and the group signed with Motown in 1961 as The Supremes. Martin left in early 1962, and Ross, Ballard and Wilson carried on as a trio. Achieving success in the mid-1960s with Ross as lead singer, Motown president Berry Gordy renamed the group Diana Ross & the Supremes in 1967 and replaced Ballard with Cindy Birdsong. Ross left the group for a successful solo career in 1970 and was replaced by Jean Terrell. After 1972, the lineup of the Supremes changed frequently, with Lynda Laurence, Scherrie Payne and Susaye Greene all becoming members before the group ended its eighteen-year existence in 1977. Detroit redirects here. ... This article is about the U.S. State. ... Florence Glenda Ballard Chapman, nicknamed Flo or Blondie, (June 30, 1943 – February 22, 1976) was an American singer, and one of the original lead singers of the Motown act The Supremes. ... Mary Wilson (born March 6, 1944 in Greenville, Mississippi) is an American singer best known for her work as a member of the Motown soul and pop group The Supremes. ... For the author-illustrator, see Diana Ross (author). ... Betty McGlown was an African American singer, one of the founding members of THe Primettes, later known as The Supremes. ... From historic marker on the site of Brewster Homes “Between 1910 and 1940 Detroit’s African American population increased dramatically. ... A local authority tower block in Cwmbrân, South Wales Public housing or project homes are forms of housing tenure in which the property is owned by a government authority, which may be central or local. ... Paul Williams (July 2, 1939 – August 17, 1973) was an American second tenor/baritone singer. ... Eddie Kendricks (born Edward James Kendrick, December 17, 1939 – October 5, 1992) was an American singer and songwriter. ... “Temptations” redirects here. ... Barbara Martin was a short lived Primette and Supreme who joined the group after the departure of Betty Mc Glown in 1960. ... Berry Gordy, Jr. ... Cindy Birdsong (center) with The Supremes in 1970, on the cover of the Right On LP. Cindy Birdsong (born Cynthia Ann Birdsong on December 15, 1939 in Camden, New Jersey) is an African-American singer. ... Jean Terrell (left) with The Supremes in 1970, on the cover of the Right On LP. Jean Terrell (born November 26, 1944 in Belzoni, Mississippi) is an American R&B and jazz singer, best known for having replaced Diana Ross in the Supremes in 1970. ... Lynda Laurence (also spelled Lawrence, born Lynda Tucker) is an African-American singer. ... Scherrie Payne (born November 4, 1944 in Detroit, Michigan} is an African-American singer. ... Susaye Greene is an African-American singer, noted for being the last official member to join Motown girl group The Supremes, remaining in the group during its final year of existence from 1976 to 1977. ...

Contents

History

Origins

In 1958, Florence Ballard—a junior high school student in the Detroit Brewster-Douglass Housing Projects—met both Paul Williams and Eddie Kendricks, two members of a Detroit male singing group known as The Primes.[2] Since Ballard sang, as did Paul Williams' girlfriend Betty McGlown, the Primes' manager Milton Jenkins decided to create a sister group called The Primettes.[2] Ballard recruited her best friend Mary Wilson, who recruited classmate Diana Ross.[2] The Primettes soon began performing songs by artists such as Ray Charles and The Drifters at record hops, social clubs, and talent shows around the Detroit area.[2] The group's look and style also owed much to the inspiration of doo-wop group Frankie Lymon & the Teenagers.[3] Ballard, Ross, and Wilson shared most of the lead. Within a few months, the Primettes added a guitarist, Marvin Tarplin, to their lineup.[3] Florence Glenda Ballard Chapman, nicknamed Flo or Blondie, (June 30, 1943 – February 22, 1976) was an American singer, and one of the original lead singers of the Motown act The Supremes. ... Middle school and junior high school cover a period of education that straddles primary education and secondary education and serve as a bridge between them. ... Detroit redirects here. ... From historic marker on the site of Brewster Homes “Between 1910 and 1940 Detroit’s African American population increased dramatically. ... Paul Williams (July 2, 1939 – August 17, 1973) was an American second tenor/baritone singer. ... Eddie Kendricks (born Edward James Kendrick, December 17, 1939 – October 5, 1992) was an American singer and songwriter. ... Betty McGlown was an African American singer, one of the founding members of THe Primettes, later known as The Supremes. ... Mary Wilson (born March 6, 1944 in Greenville, Mississippi) is an American singer best known for her work as a member of the Motown soul and pop group The Supremes. ... For the author-illustrator, see Diana Ross (author). ... For Ray Charles, the composer and conductor of the Ray Charles Singers, see Ray Charles (composer). ... The Drifters are a long-lived American doo wop/R&B vocal group, originally formed by Clyde McPhatter (of Billy Ward & the Dominoes) in 1953. ... Look up Sock Hop in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... Frankie Lymon (September 30, 1942 - February 27, 1968) was the leader of a doo wop group called The Teenagers. ... Marv Tarplin (born Marvin Tarplin in Detroit, Michigan) is a guitarist and songwriter, mostly associated with providing the guitar riffs for the popular Motown group The Miracles during the 1960s. ...


After winning a local talent contest,[4] Ross arranged an audition for an old neighbor, Miracles lead singer Smokey Robinson, in hopes of getting the Primettes signed to the local Motown label.[5] Robinson liked the girls, but liked their guitarist even more. He hired Tarplin, who became the guitarist for The Miracles.[5] Robinson arranged for the Primettes to audition - acapella - for Motown CEO Berry Gordy, Jr., who felt they were too young and too inexperienced to be recording artists.[5] Undaunted, The Primettes made a single for the Lupine label in 1960, "Tears of Sorrow", backed with "Pretty Baby", which failed to find an audience.[6] During that same year, McGlown became engaged and left the group,[7] to be replaced by Barbara Martin.[8] The Miracles (known from 1965 to 1972 as Smokey Robinson & the Miracles) is an American rhythm and blues group from Detroit, Michigan, notable as the first successful group act for Berry Gordys Motown Records. ... William Smokey Robinson, Jr. ... Motown Records, Inc. ... Berry Gordy, Jr. ... Lupine Records was a small local record label in Detroit, Michigan, active during the late-1950s and 1960s. ... Barbara Martin was a short lived Primette and Supreme who joined the group after the departure of Betty Mc Glown in 1960. ...


In January 1961, Gordy finally relented and decided to sign the group to Motown after promises of oral sex from Diana and on the condition that they change their name[9] (the Primes had by this time combined with Otis Williams & the Distants and would soon sign to Motown as The Temptations).[10] Gordy gave Ballard a list of names to choose from, from which she chose The Supremes. Both Wilson and Ross initially disliked the name, thinking it too masculine.[9] “Temptations” redirects here. ...


Success

Between 1961 and 1963, the Supremes released eight singles, none of which charted within the Top 40 positions of the Billboard Hot 100.[1] Jokingly referred to as the "no-hit Supremes" around Motown's Hitsville U.S.A. offices,[11] the girls tried to make up for their lack of a hit by taking on any performing chore that was available at the studio, including doing hand claps and singing backup for Motown artists such as Marvin Gaye and The Temptations.[12][13] During these early years, all three members took turns singing lead on various songs: Mary Wilson favoring the soft ballads; Florence Ballard favoring the soulful, hard-driving songs; and Diana Ross favoring the more mainstream pop songs. Most of their early material was written and produced by Berry Gordy or Smokey Robinson. Top 40 is a radio format based on frequent repetition of songs from a constantly-updated list of the forty best-selling singles. ... “Hot 100” redirects here. ... Hitsville U.S.A, as seen in The Temptations (1998). ... Marvin Gaye (born Marvin Pentz Gay, Jr. ... “Temptations” redirects here. ... William Smokey Robinson, Jr. ...


In December 1963, the Supremes song "When the Lovelight Starts Shining Through His Eyes", peaked at number 23 on the Billboard Pop Chart. "Lovelight" was the first of many Supremes songs written by the Motown songwriting and production team of Holland-Dozier-Holland.[14] Also, in late 1963, Berry Gordy made Diane Ross, now going by Diana, the official lead singer of the group, because he felt her distinctive, nasal quality would help the group cross over to white audiences.[15] Ballard and Wilson were periodically given solos on Supremes albums, and Ballard continued to sing her solo number, "People", in concert for the next two years.[16] Holland-Dozier-Holland is a songwriting and production team made up of Lamont Dozier and brothers Brian Holland and Edward Holland, Jr. ... People is a well-known song, originally written in 1964 for the Broadway musical Funny Girl. ...


In the spring of 1964, the Supremes recorded a single titled "Where Did Our Love Go".[15] The song was originally intended by Holland-Dozier-Holland for The Marvelettes, who rejected it.[15] Although the Supremes did not like the song, the producers coerced them into recording it.[15] In August 1964, while traveling as a part of Dick Clark's Caravan of Stars tour, "Where Did Our Love Go" reached number one on the US pop charts, much to the surprise and delight of the group.[17] It was also their first song to reach the UK pop charts, going to number three. Where Did Our Love Go is a 1964 hit song recorded by The Supremes for the Motown label. ... The Marvelettes was an American singing girl group on the Motown label. ... Dick Clark redirects here. ...


"Where Did Our Love Go" was followed by four more US number-one hits: "Baby Love" (also a number-one hit in the United Kingdom), "Come See About Me", "Stop! In the Name of Love" and "Back in My Arms Again". "Baby Love" was nominated for the 1965 Grammy Award for Best Rhythm & Blues Recording, and "Stop! In the Name of Love" was nominated for the 1966 Grammy for Best Contemporary Rock & Roll Group Vocal Performance. After 1965, the Supremes' singles were less uniformly massive, though, between late 1966 and early 1967, the Supremes charted four more number-one hits in a row: "You Can't Hurry Love", "You Keep Me Hangin' On", "Love Is Here and Now You're Gone", and "The Happening". The combination of Holland-Dozier-Holland's songwriting and production, Ross's lead vocals, and Wilson and Ballard's background vocals made for a winning combination. Baby Love is the name of a 1964 hit song recorded by The Supremes for the Motown label. ... Come See About Me is the name of a 1964 hit song recorded by The Supremes for the Motown label. ... Stop! In the Name of Love is a 1965 number-one single recorded by The Supremes for the Motown label. ... Back in My Arms Again is a 1965 hit song recorded by The Supremes for the Motown label. ... The Grammy Award for Best Rhythm & Blues Recording was awarded from 1959 to 1968. ... The Grammy Award for Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal has been awarded since 1966. ... You Cant Hurry Love is a 1966 hit song recorded by The Supremes for the Motown label. ... You Keep Me Hangin On is a 1966 hit song originally recorded by The Supremes for the Motown label. ... Love Is Here and Now Youre Gone is a 1967 number-one hit single recorded by The Supremes for the Motown label. ... The Happening is a 1967 song recorded by Motown artists The Supremes. ...


Impact

Unlike their predecessors, the Supremes became the first black female performers of the rock era to embrace a more feminine image. Much of this was accomplished at the behest of Motown chief Berry Gordy and Maxine Powell, who ran Motown's in-house finishing school and Artist Development department. Also, unlike many of her contemporaries, Diane Ross sang in a thin, calm voice, and her vocal styling was matched by having the girls embellish their own femininity instead of imitating the qualities of male groups. Instead of the plain appearances and basic dance routines, the Supremes' on-stage appearance featured high-fashion gowns and wigs, detailed makeup, and graceful choreography created by Motown choreographer Cholly Atkins. Gordy wanted the Supremes, like all of his performers, to be equally appealing to black and white audiences, and he also sought to erase the image of black performers as being unrefined or lacking class. Charles Cholly Atkins (September 13, 1913 - April 19, 2003) was an African American dancer and vaudeville performer, who later became noted as the house choreographer for the various artists on the Motown label. ...


By 1965, the Supremes were international stars. They toured the globe, becoming almost as popular abroad as they were in America. Almost immediately after their first number-one hits, they recorded songs for motion picture soundtracks, appeared in the 1965 film Beach Ball, and endorsed dozens of products, even at one point having their own brand of bread. By the end of 1966, their number-one hits also included "I Hear a Symphony", "You Can't Hurry Love", and "You Keep Me Hangin' On"; and their 1966 album The Supremes A' Go-Go became the first album by an all female group to peak at number-one on the US album chart. For other uses see film (disambiguation) Film refers to the celluliod media on which movies are printed Film — also called movies, the cinema, the silver screen, moving pictures, photoplays, picture shows, flicks, or motion pictures, — is a field that encompasses motion pictures as an art form or as part of... For other uses, see Bread (disambiguation). ... I Hear a Symphony is a 1965 hit song recorded by The Supremes for the Motown label. ... You Cant Hurry Love is a 1966 hit song recorded by The Supremes for the Motown label. ... You Keep Me Hangin On is a 1966 hit song originally recorded by The Supremes for the Motown label. ... The Supremes A Go-Go is a 1966 album by Motown singing group The Supremes. ... The Billboard 200 is a ranking of the 200 highest-selling music albums and EPs in the United States, published weekly by Billboard magazine. ...


Because the Supremes were popular with white audiences as well as black audiences, Gordy had the Supremes cater to their middle American fan base, grooming them for performances at renowned supper clubs such as the Copacabana in New York. Broadway and pop standards were incorporated into their repertoire alongside their own hit songs. As a result, the Supremes were among the first black musical acts to become a complete and sustained crossover success. The black rock and roll musicians of the 1950s saw many of their hit tunes covered by white musicians, with the covers achieving more fame and sales success than the originals. Partially because of Diana Ross’ pop-friendly voice, The Supremes became hugely popular with international mainstream audiences. The group broke down many racial barriers, becoming one of the first black musical acts to appear regularly on television programs such as The Ed Sullivan Show, Hullabaloo, The Hollywood Palace, and The Della Reese Show. The group's crossover success helped pave the way for the mainstream success of labelmates such as The Temptations, The Four Tops, and The Jackson 5. Middle America is an American colloquialism used—in contrast to coastal America—to describe a region of the United States that, geographically, comprises the bulk of the nation. ... A supper club is an American dining establishment which provides a supper menu of steaks or surf and turf served in a semi-formal setting, which may require a jacket and tie. ... Copacabana is a famous New York City nightclub. ... This article is about the state. ... For other uses of Broadway, see Broadway. ... Rock and roll (also spelled Rock n Roll, especially in its first decade), also called rock, is a form of popular music, usually featuring vocals (often with vocal harmony), electric guitars and a strong back beat; other instruments, such as the saxophone, are common in some styles. ... The Ed Sullivan Show was an American television variety show that ran from June 20, 1948 to June 6, 1971, and was hosted by former entertainment columnist Ed Sullivan. ... Guest host Petula Clark introducing her new single, Round Every Corner, on the October 25, 1965 broadcast Hullabaloo was a musical variety series that ran on NBC from January 12, 1965 through August 29, 1966. ... The Hollywood Palace was an hour-long television variety show produced by Nick Vanoff. ... Della Reese (born Delloresse Patricia Early on July 6, 1931), is a famous American Emmy nominated actor and Grammy nominated singer. ... The Four Tops are an American vocal quartet, whose repertoire has included doo-wop, jazz, soul music, R&B, disco, adult contemporary, and showtunes. ... The Jackson 5 (also spelled The Jackson Five or The Jackson 5ive, abbreviated as J5, and later known as The Jacksons) was an American popular music quintet (and briefly a sextet and quartet) from Gary, Indiana. ...


Name and personnel changes

By the release of the 1968 album Reflections, The Supremes had become Diana Ross & the Supremes, their sound was moving towards a middle-of-the-road pop style, and Florence Ballard had been dismissed and replaced by Cindy Birdsong.
By the release of the 1968 album Reflections, The Supremes had become Diana Ross & the Supremes, their sound was moving towards a middle-of-the-road pop style, and Florence Ballard had been dismissed and replaced by Cindy Birdsong.

Personnel problems within the group and within Motown Records' stable of performers led to tension among the Supremes. Many of the other Motown performers, particularly Martha Reeves of Martha and the Vandellas, felt that Berry Gordy was lavishing too much attention upon The Supremes—-and Diana Ross, in particular. A resulting romantic relationship between Gordy and Ross further complicated matters, creating a schism between Ross and the other Supremes. As Ross became the focal point of the group, Florence Ballard felt pushed aside in the group she had founded. Depression caused Ballard to start drinking excessively, and she gained weight until she no longer could comfortably wear many of her stage outfits. The friendship, and later the working relationship, between Ross and Ballard became strained. Although the Supremes scored two number-one hits during the first quarter of 1967, "Love Is Here and Now You're Gone" and "The Happening", the group as a unit began to disintegrate. Image File history File links Supremes-1968-reflections. ... Image File history File links Supremes-1968-reflections. ... Reflections is a 1968 album by The Supremes, the first to bill the group as Diana Ross & the Supremes. It contains the singles Reflections, In and Out of Love, and Forever Came Today. Although Florence Ballard recorded much of this album before being fired from the group in June 1967... Cindy Birdsong (center) with The Supremes in 1970, on the cover of the Right On LP. Cindy Birdsong (born Cynthia Ann Birdsong on December 15, 1939 in Camden, New Jersey) is an African-American singer. ... Martha Rose Reeves (born July 18, 1941 in Eufaula, Alabama) is an American R&B and soul singer and was the lead singer of the legendary Motown girl group Martha & the Vandellas. ... Martha and the Vandellas (known from 1967 to 1972 as Martha Reeves and the Vandellas) were one of the most successful groups in the Motown roster during the 1960s and fully active from 1960 to 1972, performing at various times doo-wop, blues, pop, rock and roll and soul. ... For other uses, see Depression. ... Love Is Here and Now Youre Gone is a 1967 number-one hit single recorded by The Supremes for the Motown label. ... The Happening is a 1967 comedy film starring Anthony Quinn, Michael Parks, Faye Dunaway, Robert Walker Jr. ...


In late 1966, rumors began circulating that Motown would be renaming the group Diana Ross & the Supremes, a change which was officially announced in early 1967, after one concert when they were billed as The Supremes with Diana Ross. The Miracles had become Smokey Robinson & the Miracles two years prior. The fall of 1967 saw Martha & the Vandellas become Martha Reeves & the Vandellas. However, after learning that Ross would begin receiving top billing, David Ruffin unsuccessfully lobbied to have the Temptations renamed as David Ruffin & the Temptations. Although Gordy maintained that the name changes were done so that Motown could demand more money for live bookings (because they would be providing two acts – a lead singer and a group – instead of just one), the name change for the Supremes sparked rumors of a possible Ross solo career, and helped to dismantle the group. David Ruffin (Davis Eli Ruffin) (January 18, 1941 – June 1, 1991) was an American soul singer most famous for his work as lead singer of The Temptations from 1964 to 1968. ...


By 1967, Ballard would sometimes not show up for recording dates or arrive at shows too inebriated to perform. For some live shows in early 1967, she was replaced by Marlene Barrow of Motown's in house backing group, The Andantes. In April 1967, Gordy contacted Cindy Birdsong, a member of Patti LaBelle & the Bluebelles who superficially resembled Ballard, and began plans to bring her in as Ballard's replacement. Birdsong stepped in for a benefit concert at the Hollywood Bowl on April 29, 1967, but returned to the Bluebelles afterwards as she was still committed to that group through the end of June. In May, Ballard came back to the group for what she thought was a probationary period. The Andantes were a prolific female session singing group for the Motown record label during the 1960s. ... Cindy Birdsong (center) with The Supremes in 1970, on the cover of the Right On LP. Cindy Birdsong (born Cynthia Ann Birdsong on December 15, 1939 in Camden, New Jersey) is an African-American singer. ... Labelle (with the b written in small caps, while the spelling LaBelle exclusively refers to the stage surname of the groups lead vocalist, Patti LaBelle) was an American R&B/soul group, who successfully melded disco with funk and glam rock, resulting in such memorable songs as Lady Marmalade... Hollywood Bowl in 2005. ... is the 119th day of the year (120th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1967 (MCMLXVII) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display full calendar) of the 1967 Gregorian calendar. ...


June 28, 1967 marked the group's first appearance as Diana Ross & the Supremes at the Flamingo Hotel in Las Vegas. After only three days of performances, Ballard was permanently dismissed from the Supremes, and Birdsong officially assumed her place during the second July 1 show. Later in the month, Motown released "Reflections", a number-two US Billboard hit single, which was the first single to feature the new group name. Diana Ross & the Supremes: Greatest Hits, a number-one album in both the US and the UK, became the first album to do so when released in October of 1967. is the 179th day of the year (180th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1967 (MCMLXVII) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display full calendar) of the 1967 Gregorian calendar. ... This article needs to be wikified. ... For further information, see Las Vegas metropolitan area and Las Vegas Strip. ... is the 182nd day of the year (183rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Reflections is a 1967 hit song recorded by The Supremes for the Motown label. ... Diana Ross & the Supremes: Greatest Hits is a two-LP collection of singles and b-sides recorded by The Supremes, released by Motown Records in August 1967 (see 1967 in music). ...


Florence Ballard's release from Motown was made final on February 22, 1968, with Ballard receiving a one-time payment of $139,804.94 in royalties and earnings.[18] Attempting a solo career with ABC Records, (she rejected an offered solo contract from Motown as part of her settlement) Ballard's two 1968 singles failed to chart and her solo album was shelved. In 1971, Ballard sued Motown for $8.7 million, claiming that Gordy and Diana Ross had conspired to force her out of the group; the judge ruled in favor of Motown. Ballard eventually sank into poverty and died on February 22, 1976 at the age of thirty-two. At the time of her death, Florence was making a comeback and planned to give her solo career another start. is the 53rd day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1968 (MCMLXVIII) was a leap year starting on Monday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... USD redirects here. ... ABC Records started in 1955 as ABC-Paramount Records, the recording arm of American Broadcasting-Paramount Theatres. ... is the 53rd day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1976 (MCMLXXVI) was a leap year starting on Thursday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ...

(left to right) Cindy Birdsong, Mary Wilson, and Diana Ross, on the cover of the 1968 Love Child LP.
(left to right) Cindy Birdsong, Mary Wilson, and Diana Ross, on the cover of the 1968 Love Child LP.

Image File history File links The Cover to The Supremes 1968 LP, Love Child This image is the cover of an album or single. ... Image File history File links The Cover to The Supremes 1968 LP, Love Child This image is the cover of an album or single. ... Love Child is a 1968 album recorded by Diana Ross & the Supremes for the Motown label. ...

Drought

Holland-Dozier-Holland left Motown in early 1968 after a dispute with the label over royalties and profit sharing, and the quality of Motown's output (and Diana Ross & the Supremes' records in particular) began to falter. From the release of "Reflections" in 1967 to the release of "The Weight" in 1969, only six out of the eleven released singles reached the Top 20, and only one of those, 1968's "Love Child", made it to number one. Because of the tension within the group and stringent touring schedules, neither Mary Wilson nor Cindy Birdsong appear on many of these singles; they were replaced on these recordings by session singers such as The Andantes. Love Child is a 1968 #1 hit single released by the Motown label as a single for Diana Ross & the Supremes, although Diana Ross is the only member of the group present on the record. ... A session singer is a singer who is hired for a single session of recording, as opposed to being a regular member of a band. ... The Andantes were a prolific female session singing group for the Motown record label during the 1960s. ...


The changes within the group and their decreasing sales were signs of changes within the music industry. The gospel-based soul of female performers like Aretha Franklin and Gladys Knight of The Pips had eclipsed the Supremes' pop-based sound, which had by now evolved to include more middle-of-the-road material. In a cultural climate now influenced more than ever by countercultural movements such as the Black Panther Party, the Supremes found themselves attacked for not being "black enough", and lost ground in the black music market as a result. Gospel music is music that is written to express either personal or a communal belief regarding Christian life, as well as (in terms of the varying music styles) to give a Christian alternative to mainstream secular music. ... Aretha Louise Franklin (born March 25, 1942) is an American singer, songwriter, and pianist. ... Gladys Maria Knight (born May 28, 1944 in Atlanta, Georgia, USA) is a seven-time Grammy Award-winning American R&B/soul singer, actress and author. ... For the BBC pips, see Greenwich Time Signal. ... Counterculture (also counter-culture) is a sociological word used to describe the values and norms of behavior of a cultural group, or subculture, that run counter to those of the social mainstream of the day,[1] the cultural equivalent of political opposition. ... The Black Panther Party (originally called the Black Panther Party for Self-Defense) was an African American organization founded to promote civil rights and self-defense. ...


In mid-1968, Motown began a number of high-profile collaborations for the Supremes with their old colleagues, The Temptations. Besides the fact that both groups had come up together, the pairings also made financial sense, since the Supremes had a mostly white fanbase, and the Temptations a mostly black fanbase. Among the joint projects were two studio LPs (Diana Ross & the Supremes Join the Temptations, featuring the number-two hit single "I'm Gonna Make You Love Me", and Together), a joint tour, and two NBC television specials, TCB (aired December 9, 1968) and G.I.T. on Broadway (aired November 12, 1969). TCB was, also, the third Number One album for The Supremes. Diana Ross & the Supremes Join the Temptations is, as the title implies, a collaborative album combining Motowns two best selling groups, Diana Ross & the Supremes and The Temptations. ... Im Gonna Make You Love Me is a soul song, written in 1967 by Kenneth Gamble, Leon Huff, and Jerry Ross. ... Together, released by Motown Records in 1969, was the second and final duets studio album combining Diana Ross & the Supremes and The Temptations into an eight-person Motown act. ... This article is about the television network. ... TCB was a 1968 live television special produced by Motown Productions and George Schlatter-Ed Friendly Productions. ... is the 343rd day of the year (344th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1968 (MCMLXVIII) was a leap year starting on Monday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... G.I.T. on Broadway was a 1969 live television special produced by Motown Productions and George Schlatter-Ed Friendly Productions. ... is the 316th day of the year (317th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Also: 1969 (number) 1969 (movie) 1969 (Stargate SG-1) episode. ... Look up TCB in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ...


Exit Diana Ross

By 1969, Motown had begun plans for a Diana Ross solo career. A number of candidates, most notably Syreeta Wright, were considered to replace Ross as the lead singer of The Supremes. After seeing twenty-four-year-old Jean Terrell performing with her brother Ernie in Florida, Berry Gordy decided that she would be Ross' replacement. Terrell was signed to Motown and began recording the first post-Ross Supremes songs with Wilson and Birdsong during the day, while Wilson and Birdsong toured with Ross at night. Syreeta Wright (August 3, 1946 – July 6, 2004), who recorded professionally under the single name Syreeta, was an American singer-songwriter active from the 1960s. ... Jean Terrell (left) with The Supremes in 1970, on the cover of the Right On LP. Jean Terrell (born November 26, 1944 in Belzoni, Mississippi) is an American R&B and jazz singer, best known for having replaced Diana Ross in the Supremes in 1970. ... Ernie Terrell (born on April 4, 1939 in Belzoni, Mississippi) is an American singer, record producer, and former World Boxing Association (WBA) heavyweight boxing champion. ... This article is about the U.S. State of Florida. ...


At the same time, Diana Ross began making her first solo recordings. One of them, "Someday We'll Be Together", was set to be her first solo single. Gordy instead had the song released as the final Diana Ross & the Supremes single, though neither Mary Wilson nor Cindy Birdsong sang on the record. In November 1969, Ross' solo career was officially announced. The next month, "Someday We'll Be Together" hit number one on the American pop charts, becoming not only the Supremes' final number-one hit, but also the final number-one hit of the 1960s. Someday Well Be Together is a 1969 recording released as a single for Diana Ross & The Supremes by the Motown label on October 14, 1969. ...

(Clockwise from top) The cover of The Supremes' 70s Anthology shows Jean Terrell, Cindy Birdsong, and Mary Wilson in 1970. A photograph similar to this one was used on the cover for the Supremes' 1970 LP New Ways But Love Stays.
(Clockwise from top) The cover of The Supremes' 70s Anthology shows Jean Terrell, Cindy Birdsong, and Mary Wilson in 1970. A photograph similar to this one was used on the cover for the Supremes' 1970 LP New Ways But Love Stays.

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The "New Supremes"

Diana Ross & the Supremes gave their final performance together on January 14, 1970 at the Frontier Hotel in Las Vegas. [19] After the stupendous Frontier Hotel performance, Ross officially began her career as a solo performer. Over the next twelve years, Ross would record six number-one Billboard pop hits on her own, among them songs like "Touch Me in the Morning", "Love Hangover", and "Upside Down". In addition, Motown successfully helped Ross break into acting, featuring her as the star of three Motown-produced feature films: Lady Sings the Blues, Mahogany, and The Wiz. is the 14th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1970 (MCMLXX) was a common year starting on Thursday (link shows full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... The New Frontier is a Las Vegas, Nevada resort that has been operating continually since October 30, 1942. ... Touch Me in the Morning was a successful single by Motown and soul music icon Diana Ross when released as a single in 1973. ... Love Hangover was a single for Motown singer Diana Ross, released in 1976. ... Upside Down also known as Inside Out or even Left Side Right Side was a successful single by Hotown legend Diana Ross. ... Lady Sings the Blues is a 1972 biographical film which tells the story of blues singer Billie Holliday. ... Mahogany is a 1975 feature film, directed by Berry Gordy, produced by Motown Productions and released to theaters by Paramount Pictures. ... This article is about the stage musical. ...


As Ross prepared her debut solo album, Diana Ross, Mary Wilson and Cindy Birdsong continued working with Jean Terrell on the first post-Ross Supremes album, Right On. The Terrell-led Supremes – known unofficially at first as "The New Supremes," and in later years informally called the "70's Supremes" – had a few hits of their own, including the US and UK Top Twenty hits "Up the Ladder to the Roof" (US #10, UK #6), "Stoned Love" (US #7,UK #3), and "Nathan Jones" (US #16, UK #5), all of which were produced by Frank Wilson. Each of these three singles were also R&B Top Ten hits, with "Stoned Love" going to number-one on the R&B charts in late 1970. Songwriting/production team Nickolas Ashford & Valerie Simpson produced another Top 20 hit for the group, a Supremes/Four Tops duet version of Ike & Tina Turner's "River Deep - Mountain High". Many music critics proclaimed the "New Supremes" as a "blacker" act than the Ross-led group, if not quite as unique. Although later retitled Aint No Mountain High Enough to get buyers into it thanks to the song of the same names absolute success, 1970s Diana Ross album was the ultimate test to see if the former Supremes frontwoman could make it as a solo act and with... Right On is a 1970 album recorded by The Supremes for the Motown label, the first Supremes album not to feature former lead singer Diana Ross. ... Up the Ladder to the Roof is a 1970 hit single recorded by The Supremes for the Motown label. ... Stoned Love is a 1970 hit single recorded by The Supremes for the Motown label. ... Nathan Jones is a hit single recorded by The Supremes, and released in spring 1971 (see 1971 in music) on the Motown label. ... Frank Wilson is an African-American former songwriter and record producer for Motown Records. ... Nickolas Ashford (born May 4, 1942, in Fairfield, South Carolina) and Valerie Simpson (born August 26, 1946 in The Bronx, New York) are a successful husband and wife songwriting/production team, as well as being recording artists in their own right. ... The Four Tops are an American vocal quartet, whose repertoire has included doo-wop, jazz, soul music, R&B, disco, adult contemporary, and showtunes. ... Tina Turner on the cover of her 1991 album Simply the Best Tina Turner (born Anna Mae Bullock on November 26, 1939) is an African American R&B, pop, rock and soul singer, Buddhist and occasional actress probably best known for her scorching performances with the Ike and Tina Turner... River Deep - Mountain High is a 1966 single by Ike & Tina Turner. ...


In 1972, The Supremes had their last Top 20 hit single release, "Floy Joy", written and produced by Smokey Robinson. Motown, by then moving from Detroit to Los Angeles to break into motion pictures, put only limited effort into promoting The Supremes' new material, and their popularity and sales began to wane. Cindy Birdsong left the group in April 1972, after recording the Floy Joy album, to start a family; her replacement was Lynda Laurence, a former member of Stevie Wonder's backup group, Wonderlove. Successful producer Jimmy Webb was brought in to produce the group's next LP, The Supremes Produced and Arranged by Jimmy Webb, but the album and its only single "I Guess I'll Miss the Man" failed to make an impact on the Billboard pop chart, with "I Guess I'll Miss the Man" charting at number 85. In late 1973, Laurence prevailed upon her old mentor Stevie Wonder to write and produce a hit for the Supremes, but the resulting "Bad Weather" peaked at number 87 on the US pop charts and number 37 in the UK. Dismayed by this poor-performing record, Jean Terrell left the group and was replaced by Scherrie Payne, sister of Invictus Records recording artist Freda Payne. Almost immediately afterward, Laurence left for the same reason as Birdsong; to start a family. Floy Joy is a soul song recorded in 1971 and released as a single in 1972 by Motown singing group The Supremes. ... Flag Seal Nickname: City of Angels Location Location within Los Angeles County in the state of California Coordinates , Government State County California Los Angeles County Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa (D) Geographical characteristics Area     City 1,290. ... Floy Joy is a 1972 album released by The Supremes on the Motown label. ... Lynda Laurence (also spelled Lawrence, born Lynda Tucker) is an African-American singer. ... Stevie Wonder (born Steveland Hardaway Judkins on May 13, 1950, name later changed to Steveland Hardaway Morris)[1] is an American singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and record producer. ... Jimmy Webb (born August 15, 1946 in Elk City, Oklahoma) is an idiosyncratic American popular music composer. ... The Supremes Produced and Arranged by Jimmy Webb is a 1972 album released by The Supremes on the Motown label. ... Scherrie Payne (born November 4, 1944 in Detroit, Michigan} is an African-American singer. ... Invictus Records was a record label created by Eddie Holland, Lamont Dozier and Brian Holland. ... Freda Charcelia Payne (born on September 19, 1942 in Detroit, Michigan) is an African-American singer and actress. ...

Mary, Scherrie & Susaye (1976) was the final LP for The Supremes. Clockwise from top: Mary Wilson, Scherrie Payne, and Susaye Greene.
Mary, Scherrie & Susaye (1976) was the final LP for The Supremes. Clockwise from top: Mary Wilson, Scherrie Payne, and Susaye Greene.

Between the departures of Terrell and Laurence in 1973 and the first Supremes single with Scherrie Payne, "He's My Man", a disco single on which Payne and Wilson shared lead vocal, released in 1975, Motown was slow in producing contracts for Payne and the returning Birdsong. Before the release of the album in 1975, The Supremes remained a popular live act, and continued touring overseas, particularly in the United Kingdom and Japan. The group's new recordings were not as successful as their earlier releases, although "He's My Man", from the album The Supremes was a popular disco hit in 1975. In 1976, Birdsong, dissatisfied with the management of the Supremes (handled at the time by Mary Wilson's then-husband Pedro Ferrer), left again and was replaced by Susaye Greene, another former member of Wonderlove. This final version of the Supremes released two albums, High Energy (which features Birdsong on some of the tracks) and Mary, Scherrie & Susaye, both of which reunited the Supremes with Holland-Dozier-Holland. During that same year, the Supremes released "I'm Gonna Let My Heart Do the Walking", their final Top 40 hit. Image File history File links Supremesmss. ... Image File history File links Supremesmss. ... Mary, Scherrie & Susaye is the final studio album by The Supremes, released in 1976 (see 1976 in music) on the Motown label. ... Scherrie Payne (born November 4, 1944 in Detroit, Michigan} is an African-American singer. ... Susaye Greene is an African-American singer, noted for being the last official member to join Motown girl group The Supremes, remaining in the group during its final year of existence from 1976 to 1977. ... The Supremes is a studio album by The Supremes, released in 1975 (see 1975 in music) on Motown Records. ... Susaye Greene is an African-American singer, noted for being the last official member to join Motown girl group The Supremes, remaining in the group during its final year of existence from 1976 to 1977. ... High Energy is a 1976 album by The Supremes released on the Motown label. ... Mary, Scherrie & Susaye is the final studio album by The Supremes, released in 1976 (see 1976 in music) on the Motown label. ...


On Sunday June 12, 1977, supported by singer/songwriter Billy Ocean, the Supremes performed their farewell concert at the Drury Lane Theater in London and officially disbanded. The show was originally intended as a farewell concert for original member Mary Wilson, with Scherrie Payne and Susaye Greene continuing the group, although at that stage no replacement member had been auditioned or named. is the 163rd day of the year (164th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Also: 1977 (album) by Ash. ... Billy Ocean (born Leslie Sebastian Charles, 21 January 1950, Fyzabad, Trinidad[1] [2]) is a UK-based popular music performer who had a string of rhythm and blues-tinged international pop hits in the 1970s and 1980s. ... On June 12, 1977, The Supremes performed their final concert together at Drury Lane in London, England. ... Drury Lane is a street in the Covent Garden area of London, running between Aldwych and High Holborn. ... This article is about the capital of England and the United Kingdom. ...


After their disbanding and announcements that all three members (particularly Wilson) would begin solo careers, there were soon rumors that Payne and Greene had auditioned several candidates for Wilson's replacement, including Joyce Vincent Wilson, formerly of Tony Orlando and Dawn. But, Motown felt that since no original member would be in the group, it was time to call it quits for The Supremes. In 1979, Wilson had her first solo album, Mary Wilson, released by Motown, which included a single titled "Red Hot". That same year, Payne and Greene released an album titled Partners under the names "Scherrie & Susaye". Scherrie Payne released a single titled "Fly"; the single's b-side, "When I Looked At Your Face", was recorded for the Jodie Foster film Moi, Fleur Bleu. Joyce Vincent Wilson is an American singer most famous for being one-third of the group Tony Orlando and Dawn. ... Tony Orlando and Dawn was a pop music group that was very popular in the 1970s. ... In recorded music, the terms A-side and B-side refer to the two sides of 7 inch vinyl records on which singles have been released since the 1950s. ... Alicia Christian Jodie Foster (born November 19, 1962)[1] is a two-time Academy Award-winning American actress, director and producer. ...


Epilogue

Works inspired by The Supremes

Several fictional works show notable inspiration from the story of the Supremes. The 1976 feature film Sparkle, starring Irene Cara, features the story of a Supremes-like singing trio called "Sister & the Sisters" from Harlem, New York. The film's songs and score were composed by soul musician Curtis Mayfield, and a soundtrack album by Aretha Franklin was a success, with the Supremes-esque "Something He Can Feel" becoming a number-one R&B hit. A remake of Sparkle, to have been produced by Whitney Houston's BrownHouse Productions, was in development in the early 2000s, with R&B singer Aaliyah in the lead, but was shelved after Aaliyah died in 2001.[20] As recently as 2003, the Sparkle remake was announced as being in development for Disney Channel star Raven-Symoné.[21] Sparkle is a 1976 blaxploitation film directed by Sam OSteen and released by Warner Bros. ... Irene Cara (born Irene Escalera on March 18, 1959, in The Bronx, New York City) is an American singer of African, Cuban and Puerto Rican descent. ... This article is about the Harlem neighborhood in New York City. ... Curtis Mayfield (June 3, 1942 – December 26, 1999) was an American soul, funk and R&B singer, songwriter and guitarist best known for his anthemic music with The Impressions and composing the soundtrack to the blaxploitation film Superfly. ... Aretha Louise Franklin (born March 25, 1942) is an American singer, songwriter, and pianist. ... Something He Can Feel is a song composed by Curtis Mayfield for the soundtrack to the 1976 motion picture Sparkle. ... Whitney Elizabeth Houston (born August 9, 1963) is a six-time Grammy award winning, American R&B singer, soprano, pianist, actress, film producer, and former model. ... For other uses, see Aliyah (disambiguation). ... For the Disney Channel in other countries, see Disney Channel around the world. ... Raven-Symoné Christina Pearman (born December 10, 1986) is an American actress, R&B and pop singer-songwriter, dancer, and television producer, best known for her roles as Olivia Kendall in The Cosby Show, Galleria Garibaldi in The Cheetah Girls and The Cheetah Girls 2 and as Raven Baxter in...


On December 21, 1981, the Tony Award-winning musical Dreamgirls opened at the Imperial Theater on Broadway and ran for 1522 performances. The musical was loosely based on the history of the Supremes, following the story of The Dreams, an all-female singing trio from Chicago, Illinois who become music superstars. Several of the characters in the play are analogues of real-life Supremes/Motown counterparts, with the focus of the story centering upon the Florence Ballard doppelgänger Effie White. While influenced by the Supremes' and Motown's music, the songs in the play are closer to a broader mix of R&B/soul and Broadway music. Mary Wilson loved the musical, but Diana Ross was reportedly angered by it and refused to see it.[22] A motion picture adaptation of Dreamgirls was released by DreamWorks Pictures and Paramount Pictures on December 25, 2006. The feature-film version of Dreamgirls, written and directed by Bill Condon, contains more overt homages to Motown and The Supremes: for example, the Dreams in the film version are from Detroit, not Chicago. The Dreamgirls film stars Jamie Foxx, Beyoncé Knowles, Eddie Murphy, Danny Glover, Jennifer Hudson, and Anika Noni Rose. is the 355th day of the year (356th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... AUGUST 25 1981 US Marine Sean Vance is Born on the 25th of August {ear nav|1981}} Year 1981 (MCMLXXXI) was a common year starting on Thursday (link displays the 1981 Gregorian calendar). ... What is popularly called the Tony Award (formally, the Antoinette Perry Award for Excellence in Theatre) is an annual award celebrating achievements in live American theater, including musical theater, primarily honoring productions on Broadway in New York. ... Dreamgirls is a Broadway musical, which opened on December 20, 1981 at the Imperial Theatre. ... The Imperial Theater can also refer to the Imperial Garden Theater in Tokyo, Japan The Imperial Theater was the Schubert brothers fiftieth theater in New York City. ... For other uses of Broadway, see Broadway. ... Flag Seal Nickname: The Windy City Motto: Urbs In Horto (Latin: City in a Garden), I Will Location Location in Chicagoland and northern Illinois Coordinates , Government Country State Counties United States Illinois Cook, DuPage Mayor Richard M. Daley (D) Geographical characteristics Area     City 606. ... For other uses, see Doppelgänger (disambiguation). ... For other uses see film (disambiguation) Film refers to the celluliod media on which movies are printed Film — also called movies, the cinema, the silver screen, moving pictures, photoplays, picture shows, flicks, or motion pictures, — is a field that encompasses motion pictures as an art form or as part of... Dreamgirls is a 2006 American musical film jointly produced and released by DreamWorks Pictures and Paramount Pictures. ... The DreamWorks Boy on the Moon Logo DreamWorks SKG (Spielberg, Katzenberg, Geffen) is a Big Ten studio in the United States of America which develops, produces, and distributes films, music, and television programming. ... Paramount Pictures Corporation is an American motion picture production and distribution company, based in Hollywood, California. ... is the 359th day of the year (360th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... William Bill Condon (born New York, October 22, 1955) is an American screenwriter and director. ... Jamie Foxx (born December 13, 1967) is an American actor, singer, and stand-up comic. ... Beyoncé Giselle Knowles (pronounced [1]) (born September 4, 1981) is an American R&B singer, songwriter, record producer, music video director, actress, dancer, and fashion designer. ... For other uses, see Eddie Murphy (disambiguation). ... Danny Lebern Glover( Glover pronounced with a long O)[1] (born July 22, 1946) is an American actor, film director, and political activist. ... Jennifer Kate Hudson (born September 12, 1981) is an Academy Award-winning American actress and singer. ... Anika Noni Rose (born September 6, 1972 in Bloomfield, Connecticut) is a Tony Award-winning American singer and actress. ...


Two of the Supremes have written autobiographies. Mary Wilson's best-selling autobiography Dreamgirl: My Life as a Supreme was published in 1986 (and remains one of the most successful music autobiographies of all-time), and in 1990, she published the follow-up Supreme Faith: Someday We'll Be Together. In January 2000, the two books were released together as Dreamgirl & Supreme Faith: My Life as a Supreme, and included an afterword. Diana Ross had her own autobiography, Secrets of a Sparrow: Memoirs, published in 1993.


Awards and followers

Although the Supremes were twice nominated for a Grammy Award – for Best Rhythm & Blues Recording ("Baby Love", 1965) and Best Contemporary Rock & Roll Group Vocal Performance ("Stop! In the Name of Love", 1966) – they never won an award in competition.[23] Three of their songs – "Where Did Our Love Go" and "You Keep Me Hangin' On" (both 1999) and "Stop! In the Name of Love" (2001) – have been named to the Grammy Hall of Fame.[24] In addition, the Supremes songs "Stop! In the Name of Love" and "You Can't Hurry Love" are among The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's 500 Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll.[25] This article does not cite any references or sources. ... The Grammy Award for Best Rhythm & Blues Recording was awarded from 1959 to 1968. ... The 7th Grammy Awards were held in 1965. ... The Grammy Award for Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal has been awarded since 1966. ... The 8th Grammy Awards were held in 1966. ... The 41st Grammy Awards were held on February 24, 1999. ... The 43rd Grammy Awards were held on February 21, 2001. ... The Grammy Hall of Fame Award is a special Grammy award established in 1973 to honor recordings that are at least twenty-five years old and that have qualitative or historical significance. Alphabetical listing by title: List of Grammy Hall of Fame Award recipients A-D List of Grammy Hall... The Rock and Roll Hall of Fames 500 Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll is based on the permanent exhibit of the same name. ...


They were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1988, received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1994, and entered into the Vocal Group Hall of Fame in 1998. In 2004, Rolling Stone Magazine ranked the group #97 on their list of the "100 Greatest Artists of All Time".[26] The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame at sunset. ... Buskers perform on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. ... The Vocal Group Hall of Fame was organized to honor what they term the Greatest Vocal Groups in the World. The Hall of Fame is headquartered in Sharon, Pennsylvania, United States. ... This article is about the music magazine. ...


The Supremes are also notable for the influences they have had on the black girl groups who have succeeded them in popular music. Among these acts are groups such as The Three Degrees, The Emotions, The Pointer Sisters, En Vogue, TLC, Destiny's Child and Cleopatra.[27] The Three Degrees The Three Degrees are a female Philly soul and disco vocal musical group formed in 1963 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. ... The Emotions are an all female soul, disco, and R&B singing group of the late-1970s and into the 1980s. ... The Pointer Sisters was an American vocal group and recording act that achieved great success during the 1970s and 1980s. ... This article is about the American quartet. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... This article is about the group. ... Cleopatra were a musical group from the UK whose members were sisters Cleo, Yonah, and Zainam Higgins (see Band Members section). ...


Reunions

Fan interest made the idea of a Supremes reunion tour a very profitable one during the 1980s. In 1982, around the time that Motown reunited all of The Temptations, it was rumored that Motown would reunite The Supremes. The 1974 line-up of the Supremes; Mary Wilson, Cindy Birdsong, and Scherrie Payne were considered for this reunion, which was to include new recordings and a tour. Under advisement from Berry Gordy, Wilson declined to reunite, and the idea was scrapped. Diana Ross briefly reunited with Mary Wilson and Cindy Birdsong to perform "Someday We'll Be Together" on the Motown 25: Yesterday, Today, Forever television special, broadcast on NBC on May 16, 1983. “Temptations” redirects here. ... This article is about the television network. ... is the 136th day of the year (137th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... For the Jimi Hendrix song, see 1983. ...


In 1986, Mary Wilson, Cindy Birdsong, Jean Terrell, and Scherrie Payne were approched to again reunite The Supremes. Wilson, now a solo artist, was not interested. Terrell, Birdsong and Payne agreed, however at the last minute, Birdsong declined to participate. Ironically, in this new incarnation, she was once again replaced by Lynda Lawrence. Terrell, Payne, and Lynda Laurence began touring the US, Europe, and Japan as the FLOS: Former Ladies of the Supremes.[28] Terrell, Laurence, and Scherrie Payne recorded a cover of "Stoned Love" for British producer Ian Levine in 1989. When Terrell decided to quit to return to the family business in 1992, new member Sundray Tucker, sister of Lynda Laurence, but someone who had never been an official Supreme, stepped in and the trio continued performing and recording.[29] Their first release was an album for the U.S. based Altair label titled Supreme Voices, which was recorded in the U.S. for producer Rick Gianatos. The ladies then hooked up with British fan Steve Weaver, which resulted in the album Supremely Yours on the Reflections label. Supremely Yours included a cover of The Supremes' 1971 single "Touch". Reverting back to the more comfortable name the Supremes, they then embarked on the project of re-recording virtually all of the old hits. Ironically, neither Payne nor Laurence originally sang on many of the original hit versions. These tracks appear on numerous "greatest hits" compilations, billed (incorrectly) as being by "the Supremes", around the world. Payne and Laurence continue to tour under the FLOS name with third member Freddi Poole, who joined the group in 1996, but had never been a Supreme. The FLOS celebrated their twentieth anniversary in 2006 (with Birdsong, Tucker and Susaye Greene in the audience),[28] although sometimes they are billed, incorrectly, as just the Supremes. Recently, The FLOS changed their name to a more suitable billing: Scherrie Payne and Lynda Lawrence: Former Ladies of the Supremes. The Former Ladies of the Supremes, or FLOS, are a incarnated lineup of The Supremes that was formed by 1970s Supremes Jean Terrell, Lynda Laurence and Scherrie Payne, in 1986. ... Record producer Ian Levine. ... Altair (α Aql / α Aquilae / Alpha Aquilae / Atair ) is the brightest star in the constellation Aquila and the twelfth brightest star in the nighttime sky, at visual magnitude 0. ...


In 2000, plans were made for Ross to join Wilson and Birdsong for a planned Diana Ross & the Supremes: Return to Love reunion tour. However, Wilson and Birdsong both passed on the idea, because, while the promoters offered Ross $15 million to perform, Wilson was offered $3 million and Birdsong less than $1 million.[30] Eventually, the Return to Love tour went on as scheduled, but with Scherrie Payne and Lynda Laurence joining Ross, although none of the three had ever been in the group at the same time and neither Payne nor Laurence had sung on any of the original hit recordings that they were now singing live. Former Supreme Susaye Greene was also considered for this tour, but refused to audition for the tour. The public and music critics cried foul and were disappointed by both this and the shows' high ticket prices, and, after playing only half of the dates on the itinerary, the tour was cancelled.[31]


A touring group billed as "The Sounds of the Supremes," is a group fronted by Kaaren Ragland. Ragland claims to have been a member of the Supremes from the late 1970s into the 80s; in reality, she was a backing vocalist for Mary Wilson on her solo work following the disbanding of the group.[32]


Personnel

For a detailed listing of the various lineups for the Supremes, see: Supremes chronology. The cover to 1968s Reflections, the first Supremes studio LP to bill the group as Diana Ross & The Supremes. This page is a chronology of the Motown singing group The Supremes. ...

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Discography

(Left to right) Lynda Laurence, Mary Wilson, and Jean Terrell on the cover of the 1972 Supremes album Floy Joy. Although Laurence is pictured on the cover, Cindy Birdsong recorded the LP with Wilson and Terrell before leaving the group.
(Left to right) Lynda Laurence, Mary Wilson, and Jean Terrell on the cover of the 1972 Supremes album Floy Joy. Although Laurence is pictured on the cover, Cindy Birdsong recorded the LP with Wilson and Terrell before leaving the group.

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US and UK top 10 hits and audio samples

Twenty-three of the Supremes' singles, listed below, reached the Top 10 in either the US or the United Kingdom:

Year Song title US Top 10 UK Top 10
1964: "Where Did Our Love Go"
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1964: "Baby Love"
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1 1
1964: "Come See About Me" 1 -
1965: "Stop! In the Name of Love"
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1 7
1965: "Back in My Arms Again" 1 -
1965: "I Hear a Symphony"
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1 -
1965: "My World Is Empty Without You" 5 -
1966: "Love Is Like an Itching In My Heart" 9 -
1966: "You Can't Hurry Love"
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1 3
1966: "You Keep Me Hangin' On"
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1 8
1967: "Love Is Here and Now You're Gone" 1 -
1967: "The Happening" 1 6
1967: "Reflections"
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2 5
1967: "In and Out of Love" 9 -
1968: "Love Child"
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1968: "I'm Gonna Make You Love Me"
(with The Temptations)
2 2
1969: "I'm Livin' in Shame" 10 -
1969: "Someday We'll Be Together"
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1 -
1970: "Up the Ladder to the Roof" 10 6
1970: "Stoned Love"
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7 3
1971: "Nathan Jones" - 5
1972: "Floy Joy" - 9
1972: "Automatically Sunshine" - 10

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Other samples

45 rpm single samples

  • 1960: "Tears of Sorrow" (a-side of the group's first single, credited as The Primettes) Listen 
  • 1963: "When the Lovelight Starts Shining Through His Eyes" (the group's first US Top 40 hit) Listen 

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US and UK top ten albums

Nine of the Supremes' albums, listed below, made it to the Top 10 Albums chart in either the US or the UK:

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Filmography

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Television work

From the success of "Where Did Our Love Go" in mid-1964 until spring 1977, the Supremes became regular faces on television, appearing on variety shows, music shows, talk shows, and even having two of their own television specials.

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DVDs

// In 1968 Diana Ross and The Supremes (Mary Wilson and Cindy Birdsong) made a lengthy European tour, playing to sell-out audiences at prestigious nightclubs and theatres across the continent. ...

Notes

  1. ^ a b All Music Guide.
  2. ^ a b c d e f Wilson, Mary and Romanowski, Patricia (1986). Pg. 29–36.
  3. ^ a b Wilson, Mary and Romanowski, Patricia (1986). Pg. 38.
  4. ^ Wilson, Mary and Romanowski, Patricia (1986). Dreamgirl: My Life as a Supreme. New York: St. Martin's Press. Pg. 51.
  5. ^ a b c Wilson, Mary and Romanowski, Patricia (1986). Dreamgirl: My Life as a Supreme. New York: St. Martin's Press. Pg. 53–56.
  6. ^ Wilson, Mary and Romanowski, Patricia (1986). Dreamgirl: My Life as a Supreme. New York: St. Martin's Press. Pg. 69–71.
  7. ^ Wilson, Mary and Romanowski, Patricia (1986). Pg. 62.
  8. ^ Wilson, Mary and Romanowski, Patricia (1986). Pg. 71.
  9. ^ a b Wilson, Mary and Romanowski, Patricia (1986). Pg. 84–85.
  10. ^ Wilson, Mary and Romanowski, Patricia (1986). Pg. 81.
  11. ^ Wilson, Mary and Romanowski, Patricia (1986). Pg. 136.
  12. ^ Wilson, Mary and Romanowski, Patricia (1986). Pg. 81.
  13. ^ Gaye, Marvin (1970). Interview from The Motown Story: The First Decade [LP boxed set]. Detroit: Motown Record Co. In an interview about his early 1964 single "Can I Get a Witness", Gaye discusses the Supremes singing background vocals on the song.
  14. ^ Wilson, Mary and Romanowski, Patricia (1986). Pg. 141.
  15. ^ a b c d Wilson, Mary and Romanowski, Patricia (1986). Pg. 141-143.
  16. ^ Wilson, Mary and Romanowski, Patricia (1986). Pg. 173.
  17. ^ Wilson, Mary and Romanowski, Patricia (1986). Pg. 147.
  18. ^ Knight, Jack (October 29, 1971). Ex-Supreme rejected in Motown suit. Detroit Free Press.
  19. ^ A live recording of the performance was released later that year in a double-LP box set titled Farewell
  20. ^ "The It List: Aaliyah". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved from http://www.ew.com/ew/article/commentary/0,6115,131380_4_0_,00.html on November 11, 2006.
  21. ^ Schmitz, Greg Dean. "Sparkle". Greg's Previews. Retrieved from http://movies.yahoo.com/movie/preview/1808405989 on November 11, 2006.
  22. ^ O'Niel, Tom. "Diana's 'Dreamgirls' decision". TheEnvelope.com. Retrieved from http://theenvelope.latimes.com/awards/oscars/env-oneill-dreamgirls-18oct18,0,2314826.story?page=1&coll=env-home-headlines on November 11, 2006.
  23. ^ Skurow, Andrew (2000). The Supremes [CD boxed set liner notes appendix]. New York: Motown Record Co./Universal Music.
  24. ^ (2007). "Grammy Hall of Fame Awards". Grammy.com. Retrieved April 27, 2007.
  25. ^ (2007). "The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's 500 Songs That Shaped Rock and Roll (by artist)". Rock and Roll Hall fo Fame. Retrieved April 27, 2007.
  26. ^ The Immortals: The First Fifty. Rolling Stone Issue 946. Rolling Stone.
  27. ^ Chin, Brian and Nathan, David (2000). Pg. 48.
  28. ^ a b (2005). Former Ladies of the Supremes biography. Richard De La Fotn Angency, Inc. Retrieved April 7, 2007.
  29. ^ (2007). Former Ladies of the Supremes bography. Locolboevents.com. Retrieved April 27, 2007.
  30. ^ Supremes return for tour. (April 5, 2000). BBC News.
  31. ^ Posner, Gerald (2004). Pg. 331
  32. ^ Past Supremes Zone
  33. ^ YouTube - The Supremes - To Tell the Truth

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Further reading

  • George, Nelson (1985, rev. 2003). Where Did Our Love Go: The Rise and Fall of the Motown. London: Omnibus Press. ISBN 0-7119-9511-7.
  • Ross, Diana (1993). Secrets of a Sparrow: Memoirs. New York: Random House. ISBN 0-517-16622-4.
  • Taraborrelli, J. Randy (2007). Diana Ross: An Unauthorized Biography. London: Sidgwick & Jackson. ISBN 978-0-283-07017-4.

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External links

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