Singer Mary Wilson of the Supremes died yesterday at age 76. She formed the group in 1959 with Diana Ross and Florence Ballard and was the mainstay of the trio, backing Diana Ross through the hit years of the 1960s and staying on after Ballard was replaced by Cindy Birdsong in 1967 and after Ross left and was replaced by Jean Terrell in 1970.
Wilson later became a solo artist and wrote a best-selling autobiography, "Dream Girl: My Life as a Supreme," in 1986. In the years since, she continued to perform concerts, appear on TV and write books about her life inside and outside of Motown's most successful group.
Here she is taking a rare solo spotlight with the Supremes in 1969.
One of the Supremes' strongest LPs in expanded form. Out June 15. Order from Amazon now.
This 2CD Expanded Edition of The Supremes’ chart-topping, ‘The Supremes Sing Holland-Dozier-Holland,’ includes a whopping 52 tracks that magnify the scope of a seminal album that made history. It includes 28 tracks heard for the first time via updated mixes & alternate versions, as well as a score of electrifying live performances captured at the Copacabana nightclub in New York City in May 1967, the last recorded performance of the original trio: Diana Ross, Mary Wilson and Florence Ballard.
As the hometown girls who conquered the world, Diana Ross and the Supremes are inarguably the most successful, highest selling girl group of all time.
From their inauspicious start as the long-forgotten Primettes, to their ascension past the moniker of 'no-hit Supremes' through the ranks of Motown's rank-and-file to globe-trotting superstars, this group is as pure and quintessential Detroit Motor City as you can get.
Originally released on 2xCD in in 2008, the Supremes 'Supreme Rarities' from the Motown Lost & Found Series collects from the depths of the label archives to showcase the rarities, the outtakes and the incomparable live recordings from this inimitable group of Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees.
Listen to the story unfold from the innocent teenaged doo-wop of 'You Can Depend On Me' from 1960 all the way through the slick, socially-conscious refinement of 'I'm Livin' in Shame' from 1969.
Aside a handful of forgotten vinyl releases decades ago, the majority of this material has not been released on vinyl. Until now. Third Man, in a unique partnership with Universal Music, has taken this double-CD and turned it into a glorious 4xLP collection housed in an impeccably-designed slipcase, all watercolor pastel vibrant photos highlight how absolutely impeccable this group is.
Of particular interest is that 'Supreme Rarities' are the first Motown records EVER pressed in the city of Detroit. Diana Ross attended high school at Cass Tech, a mere mile away from Third Man Pressing where these this title was lovingly pressed, which is also just a mile away from the Brewster-Douglass Housing Projects where Ross and fellow Supremes Mary Wilson and Florence Ballard all grew up.
The 48 tracks included here include the earliest Primettes tracks, invigorating covers of The Rolling Stones 'Satisfaction' and the Beatles 'I Saw Her Standing There', along with renditions of hits for OTHER Motown artists like 'Mickey's Monkey' and 'Uptight (Everything's Alright)' in addition to alternate vocal takes of stone cold certified smashes like 'You Can't Hurry Love' and 'Someday We'll Be Together.' And if you want the hits medley, 'Come See About Me', 'Baby Love' and 'Stop! In the Name of Love' will wonderfully whet your appetite.
180 gram vinyl. All sleeves are Stoughton tip-on with amazing full color restored photos and notes.