An American vocal group.
Formed in Detroit, Michigan, 1959. Originally called 'The Primettes'.
Founding members included.
Originally founded as The Primettes in Detroit, Michigan, in 1959, The Supremes' repertoire included doo-wop, pop, soul, Broadway show tunes, psychedelic soul, and disco. They were the most commercially successful of Motown's acts and are, to date, America's most successful vocal groupwith 12 number one singles on the Billboard Hot 100.
The Supremes were a Motown all-female singing group. Active as The Supremes from 1961 until 1977, the Supremes performed, at various times, doo-wop, pop, soul, Broadway show tunes, and disco.
They became the sister act to the 'Temtations'.
Barbara Martin replaced McGlown in 1960 but left in 1961.
The main line up leaving Ross, Ballard, Wilson.
Signed up with 'Motown' in 1961 recording eight singles from 1961 to 1963 and did nothing on the charts.
They were backup singers for 'Marvin Gaye' also 'The Temptations'
All singers took lead vocals at different occasions as all could
Their fist hit was 'When The Lovelight Starts Shining Through His Eyes' charting just out of the top twenty in 1963.
The girls next hit 'Where Did Our Love Go' became a smash in 1964.
The song written by house writers for Motown, Holland, Dosier and Holland' would become 'The Supreme's' writers through most of the girls career's.
From 1963 to 1972 the group had hits.
At this time for some reason their boss Berry Gordy seemed to vavour Diana Ross, hence becoming the groups lead singer.Things became obvious that everyone was not happy about the situation and Ballard felt left out of the group she originally started.
Their freindship began to dwindle and when they heard that Ross would take top billing things got became very messy.
Now it was 'Diana Ross and The Supremes'.
In 1967 Ballard took it to heart while drinking and turning up late for concerts.She was replaced by singer Marlene Barrow and later Cindy Birdsong.
Ballard was fired for good in 1967 and dismissed from the Motown label in 1968.
Ballard released singles but did not ressurect her status
after leaving the group.
Ballard tried to sue 'Motown Records' but in the end failed.
Ballard died on the 22 February, 1976. Aged only thirty two.
Ross recorded 'Someday We'll Be Together' and was released as 'Diana Ross and The Supremes'.Ironically this was the groups last hit.
Their final perfomance with Ross was in January 1970.
Diana Ross left officially in 1969 for a solo career.
Jean Terrell was the replacement for Ross.
The group now was ,Wilson, Birdsong and Terrell.
Birdsong left the group in 1972 and was replaced by Linda Lawrence.
Terrell left in 1973.
Scherrie Payne and sister of singer, Freda Payne with Lawrence leaving.
Birdsong left once again and replaced by Susaye Greene in the
The Supremes final concert was at Drury Lane Theatre in London
Mary Wilson went solo and also released her autobiography named
'Dreamgirl' (My Life As A Supreme) which became a best seller in 1986.
The book 'Supreme Faith' was release by Wilson in 1990.
Diana Ross also had her Autobiography released in 2000, 'Secrets Of A Sparrow'.
Florence Ballard (1959–1967)
Mary Wilson (1959–1977)
Diana Ross (1959–1970)
Betty McGlown (1959-1960)
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)
Hit Singles include
WHERE DID OUR LOVE GO - 1964
BABY LOVE - 1964
COME SEE ABOUT ME - 1964
STOP IN THE NAME OF LOVE - 1965
BACK IN MY ARMS AGAIN - 1965
MY WORLD IS EMPTY WITHOUT YOU - 1965
LOVE IS LIKE AN ITCHING IN MY HEART - 1966
YOU CAN'T HURRY LOVE - 1966
YOU KEEP ME HANGIN' ON - 1966
LOVE IS HERE AND NOW YOUR GONE - 1967
THE HAPPENING - 1967
REFLECTIONS - 1967
IN AND OUT OF LOVE - 1967
LOVE CHILD - 1968
I'M GONNA MAKE YOU LOVE ME - 1968
I'M LIVIN' IN SHAME - 1969
SOMEDAY WE'LL BE TOGETHER - 1969
UP THE LADDER TO THE ROOF - 1970
STONED LOVE - 1970
NATHAN JONES - 1971
FLOW JOY - 1972
AUTOMATICALLY SUNSHINE - 1972
I HEAR A SYMPHONY - 1965
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