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 STONEWALL Rebellion Veterans Association Executive Committee:  Williamson Henderson, Director (NY), David Bermudez (MA), Bettye Bristol (OH), Peter S. Fiske (CA), Jeff Greenfield (NJ), Cristina Hayworth (PR), Carl Keller, Jr. (CT), Leigh McManus (LI), Bill Salzman (NYC), Joan Sobel (NYC), Robert Spiegel (DC), Erica Kay Webster (ME)

 

2013

Theatre:  The Supremes Portrayed in "Motown The Musical"

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Songs of The Supremes with Diana Ross performed in "Motown The Musical" include a real favorite "A Breath-Taking Guy" (written by Smokey Robinson), "Where Did Our Love Go" (by Holland-Dozier-Holland), "Stop In The Name Of Love" (HDH), "I Hear A Symphony" (HDH), "The Happening" (HDH) and "Love Child" (Pamela Sawyer, et al.) plus post-Diana 1970s Supremes "Up The Ladder To The Roof" (Frank Wilson, et al.).  In the pre-hits segment of the show, The Supes perform the campy "Buttered Popcorn" (Berry Gordy, Jr.).  They perform back-up for Marvin Gaye on "Stubborn Kind Of Fellow" (MPG).  Later in the show, the girls reluctantly but terrificly perform a non-single show tune "You're Nobody Til Somebody Loves You".  The show concludes with the entire cast, including The Supremes, and ensemble in a show-stopping "Ain't No Mountain High Enough" led by Diana Ross

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Mary Wilson Motown Little-Richard

Celebrating "Motown":  Mary Wilson and Little Richard

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Motown Musical ticket

www.MotownTheMusical.com


 

 

2012

Diana Ross & The Supremes:  "At The Copa"
{Expanded Edition}

Diana Ross Supremes Copa expanded

Opening up civil rights doors:  Florence, Mary and Diana
(Courtesy of Motown Records)

Notes:  Prior to the outstanding total success of The Supremes featuring Diana Ross, the legendary Copacabana, like most top-notch American nightclubs, virtually featured no artists of color except occasional, mainstream standard-bearers Lena Horne, Sammy Davis Jr., Nat King Cole, Sam Cooke and Gay Johnny Matthis.  After the triumph of The Supremes, it opened doors for a new generation and other Motown performers, i.e., Black artists, such as The Temptations, Marvin GayeMartha Reeves & The Vandellas, Smokey Robinson & The Miracles, the Four Tops and Edwin Starr, and endless other African-American performers from Jackie Wilson and Wilson Pickett to Dionne Warwick and Freda Payne -- ironically, the sister of future Supreme Scherrie Payne!



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Diana Ross Supremes At The Copa live!

Million-Dollar Smiles:  Florence, Mary and Diana
(Courtesy of Motown Records)



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"The Copa Rains Supreme"
Pictured (l-2-r):  Florence Ballard, Diana Ross and Mary Wilson  
(Photo courtesy of The Copacabana, NYC)

This classic, entertaining and collector's release "The Supremes At The Copa" providing the entire Supremes' show repertoire at the fabled Copacabana -- over four decades later -- is a music lover's and a Supremes fans' dream-come-true!  The set includes all six of their first big hit single releases; five of them were #1.

 

 




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2011

 Diana Ross & The Supremes:  50th Anniversary:  The Singles Collection (1961 - 1969) (both "A" & "B" sides) {3 C/D set with 75 songs}

 

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The Girls' monumental 50th Anniversary 3-C/D set here!

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Concert:  Mary Wilson at Brooklyn-by-the-Sea

Thursday, July 28th @ 8 p.m.

Q:  Mary Wilson & The Spinners?  With The Spinners as co-stars of the Motown show, will Mary Wilson perform the Dionne Warwick role and sing the exciting #1 duet song "Then Came You" song with The Spinners?  We supremely expect so!

For more Mary Wilson concert 411, see S.V.A. Events for July 28, 2011 at:
www.STONEWALLvets.org/SVA_Events_2011.htm 

 

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 Supreme Anniversary 1961 - 2011:  The Supremes' 50th!!!!!  

     

 

2010

The Supremes:  The 1970s Supremes Anthology, Part 2 - The Scherrie Payne Years (1974-1977) {3 CDs}

   

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Diana Ross & The Supremes:  Love Songs  

This dozen diverse collection spanning several years includes one of the most popular Diana Ross & The Supremes's 'B-side' songs popular at the Sonewall Club namely "Everything's Good About You".  The mix features Mary Wilson's popular solo "Can't Take My Eyes Off Of You".  The collection includes a song, "His Is The Music That Makes Me Dance", from the 1968 rare and Gay favorite "Diana Ross & The Supremes Sing 'Funny Girl'".  The last song on the c/d is appropriately the ultimate #1 Diana Ross & The Supremes' song at The Stonewall Club and all around the world:  "Someday We'll Be Together"!

 
Diana Ross Supremes Love Songs

Love Supremes:  Florence, Diana and Mary

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Diana Ross Supremes Love Songs backcover

 Super Supremes:  Cindy Birdsong, Diana Ross and Mary Wilson

 



   

Diana Ross Concert:  Supremes Songs at Radio City Music Hall

Sixties' Supremes lead singer Diana Ross sang the following "Songs Of The Stonewall Club" (1966 to 1969) on May 19th, 2010 at New York City's legendary Radio City Music Hall:  "Reflections" (opening DRS song) {#1}, "Come See About Me" {#1}, "You Can't Hurry Love" {#1}, "My World Is Empty Without You" {#1 R&B}, "You Keep Me Hangin' On" {#1}, "Love Child" {#1} and her great cover versions of the #1 R&B 1967 Stonewall song "Ain't No Mountain High Enough" {#1} and the #1 pop 1969 Stonewall song "(I Love You) More Today Than Yesterday" plus a special Motown-in-song and widescreen photo tribute to fallen Motown stars Marvin GayeTammi TerrellDavid RuffinEddie Kendricks and Paul Williams of The Temptations; and Levi Stubbs, Renaldo Benson and Lawrence Payton of The Four Tops, among other Motowners and, naturally, Supreme Florence and an encore two-song tribute to her very special Motown friend #1 international entertainer Michael Jackson!  Fortunately, all remain alive through their great music!

 

   

2009


The Supremes & The Four Tops:  Magnificent - The  Complete  Studio Duets (4 albums)
 
      
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This is the Jean Terrell-led Supremes and the Levi Stubbs-led Four Tops.  The great duets of these two super Motown groups include the entire three released studio albums and one album which was in progress spanning 1970 to 1973.  Their first hit single (#1 R&B, #5 pop) was a heavy-duty reworking of Tina Turner's classic 1966 "River Deep, Mountain High" -- a Stonewall song -- produced by S.V.A. supporter Phil Spector and written by S.V.A. friend Ellie Greenwich and sung by Stonewall superstars The Supremes & The Four Tops!!  

       


 
 

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Diana Ross & The Supremes:  Icon

Diana Ross Supremes Icon  

Early Supremes:  Mary, Diana and Florence  


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Pretty in Pink:  Flo Ballard, Mary Wilson and Diana Ross 

This Diana Ross & The Supremes collection "Icon" features several "Songs of The Stonewall Club" in New York City namely "You Can't Hurry Love", "U Keep Me Hangin' On ", "Love Is Here And Now You're Gone", "Reflections", "Love Child" and "Someday We'll Be Together".

 

 
   

2008 

Diana Ross & The Supremes:  The Definitive Collection  

"Motown 50" -- 1959 to 2009 -- is celebrated on record by "The Definitive Collection".  The series features two dozen Motown artists as headlined by Diana Ross & The Supremes.  The collections include many lesser catalog singers and, thus, less-publicized artists such as Gladys Knight & The Pips, Mary Wells, The Marvelettes and Kim Weston -- all consistently with big hits at the Gay clubs!  The promotional banner for this compact disc series is:  "Discover the Motown artists and songs that changed music forever!"

 

Diana Ross Supremes Definitive Collection

 Stylish Supremes:  Mary, Flo and Diana

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Dramatic Supremes:  Mary, Diana and Cindy 

   



 
  
Book:  "The Lost Supreme:  The Life Of Dreamgirl Florence Ballard"

Lost Supreme Florence Ballard

The Supreme Florence Ballard book by Peterson Benjaminson
 Note:  Mr. Benjaminson's next Motown book is "Mary Wells"!

 


      

    Diana Ross & The Supremes:  [Lost And Found Series] Let The Music Play - Supreme Rarities (1960 - 1969)


Lost And Found - Let The Music Play

Frolicly pictured (l-2-r):  Mary Wilson, Diana Ross and Florence Ballard

   
This just-uncovered treasure of 40 unreleased songs has been long-awaited by fans of The Supremes.  The two compact disc set contains previously unreleased songs by Diana Ross & The Supremes.  Included are alternate versions and/or vocals of songs by The Supremes that were released such as "Tears Of Sorrow" (Motown version), "Come See About Me" and "Stop!" (in a medley); "Back In My Arms Again", "You Can't Hurry Love", "Love Child", "I'm Livin' In Shame" and "Someday We'll Be Together".  There are great DRS 'covers' of popular hit songs such as "It's Not Unusual", "The Look Of Love", "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction", "I Saw Him Standing There" (#1 for The Beatles), "People" (unedited version), "I Can't Help Myself" (alternate take); "Cupid" (extended version); the pop classic "MacArthur Park"; the grand "Autumn Leaves" (the dramatic movie starred Joan Crawford), the immortal "Over The Rainbow" (the movie starred Judy Garland) and, for our nearby friends in Canada, "Canadian Sunset".  The time frame of the music is the entire Sixties decade from 1960 to 1969.  This double compact disc contains a wonderful booklet with never-before-released pix of... as television host Ed Sullivan famously said, "The Girls"!

 
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Supreme rarities and original voguers:  Mary, Diana and Flo


     

   

2007

Diana Ross & The Supremes:  The #1's {biodegradable packaging}

Diana Ross Supremes #1s biodegradable     

#1 Queens of Pop:  Diana , Mary and Florence

 



 

Diana Ross World Concert Tour:  Supreme Songs  

Diana Ross launched her "I Love You" concert tour!  It started in her home state of Connecticut on the 5th of April and then Madison Square Garden in New York on Friday night April 6th.  Diana performs a baker's half-dozen Supremes songs in her popular new concert show.  The super Supe songs are as follows:  "Where Did Our Love Go" (1964), "Baby Love" (1964), "Stop! In The Name Of Love" (1965), "My World Is Empty Without You" (1966), "You Keep Me Hangin' On" (1967), "Reflections" (1967) and "Love Child" (1968).  Yes, the full songs are performed.  They are not performed chronologically nor all as a segment.  The last two songs are performed in different parts of the highly-acclaimed show.  Interestingly, the first one Diana sings is the only one that was not nationally number one:  "My World Is Empty".  That song has always been a personal favorite of Miss Ross.  The current concert's songlist, opening with "I'm Coming Out" and ending with "I Love You", varies from 20 to 22 great and full songs from the Diana Ross -- and The Supremes -- songbook.        

 
 
 

 
   

The Original Dreamgirls:  The Super Supremes

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"Ain't Nothing Like The Real Thing":  Diana Ross, Florence Ballard and Mary Wilson
DRS Quiz:  Did The Supremes ever record "Ain't Nothing Like The Real Thing"?  See answer below!

     

=Background:  Supremes & Dreams=    

A Supremes welcome, especially to those who have seen the original Broadway musical "Dreamgirls" (1981) or the revival play "Dreamgirls" (2001) -- and/or the new movie "Dreamgirls" (2006/2007)!!!  Originally, there was to be a Broadway musical and/or a motion picture to be composed about The Supremes namely Diana Ross, Mary Wilson and Florence Ballard, the latter replaced by Cindy Birdsong in mid-1967.  Unquestionably, both a play and a movie about Diana Ross & The Supremes (DRS) will happen in the future.  It will likely be a similiar style (actual story and real music) to the current #1 Broadway hit "Jersey Boys" musical for Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons.  Regarding "Dreamgirls" the film, the various producers and writers could not get the required legal approval for any sort of a DRS semi-biography from Motown Records Corporation.  Moreover, they were rightly advised by Motown founder and president Berry Gordy, Jr., that they would be sued big time for any violation including strong similarities of characters.  The writers decided  to loosely "base" the story on The Supremes as an African-American Motown girl singing group trio breaking into the entertainment industry, their meteoric rise to fame and some earthly problems along the way.  Diana Ross & The Supremes as the most successful female singing group in the history of the World -- then, now or ever -- are the inspiration not the biography of "Dreamgirls".  There are, of course, many similarities!  (See the Supremes & Dreamgirls similarities comparison below.)  There are also many differences.  (See the next paragraph.)  Nonetheless, "Dreamgirls" movie writer-director Bill Condon has publicly made it clear that "Dreamgirls then and now is a tribute to greatly successful Diana Ross as a deserving icon and a real pioneer in the entertainment industry".  For an exemplary accomplishment, who was the first black female singing group to appear on the premier showcase Ed Sullivan Show?  The Supremes!


=Supremes Lead Singer and Differences from Dreamgirls=

 With the front-page publicity and huge popularity of the award-winning movie "Dreamgirls", there is a tremendous re-interest in and re-emergence of Diana Ross & The Supremes.  One of the key differences between the real Supremes versus the fictional Dreams is the fact that there was never any "Effie" type character in The Supremes.  In contrast, Florence Ballard was not a hefty, pushy, overweight, big-mouthed girl like "Effie".  Look at the pictures herein for proof positive.  Nor was Flo romantically or otherwise involved with the Motown record company boss!  Moreover, Florence was never the 'lead' singer of The Supremes.  The very first single record by The Supremes, "I Want A Guy",  has Diana as the lead.  Diana Ross is the lead singer on all -- approximately 40 -- single-released records by The Supremes throughout the entire 1960s except for the one noted.  Florence only sang the lead on one side of one single, The Supes' second release, "Buttered Popcorn".  It was so un-Motown (in any form), kinda goofy sounding, sung brashly and with rough lyrics ("He likes it greasy.  And sticky.  And gooey.  And salty.").  The song was regarded as so 'bad' that Berry Gordy officially withdrew the record!  In many book excerpts and interviews since 1961, Berry stated his regret for releasing the Flo-led "Popcorn".  Ironically, the flipside of that record was much preferred and is a Motown classic to this day:  "Who's Loving You", writtten and produced by Smokey Robinson and lead sung by Diana.  As recently as February 5th, 2007, on "Showbiz Tonight", a 'peeved' Smokey stated that living in the same housing development, he knew Diana Ross since she was eleven years young.  A few years later it was Diana who called him endlessly pleading with him to get a singing audition for their girl group The Primettes with Motown's head Mr. Gordy.  Legendary Smokey strongly emphasized the facts:  "I brought The Supremes to Motown!  Diana  Ross was always the lead singer.  Florence was never the lead of The Supremes.  I know.  I was there and involved from the beginning".  Smokey added that the Gordy-ish movie character played by Jamie Foxx is not like the Berry that he knows well for a near half century!


Diana Ross Supremes blue sequenced gowns

  Glamourous Blue Supremes:  Florence, Mary and Diana   

=Girl Groups and Name Expansions=

There are also "Dreamgirls" similarities to another 1960s Motown girl group, Martha & The Vandellas (MRV)!  They preceded The Supremes in hit songs.  MRV were the overall second-most successful girl group.  Motown head and astute businessman Berry Gordy also added the full name of the lead singer to their group name.  Thus, in mid-1967, it became Martha Reeves & The Vandellas.  As a matter of fact, this was done at the exact time as the change to Diana Ross & The Supremes -- yet without any brouhaha!  (See the MRV link above.)  It was not unusual to add the lead singer -- so long as there was only one -- name as it added more prominence and increased financial value to any group.  Significantly, Berry simultaneously expanded the group name of The Miracles.  In mid-1967, he added lead singer Smokey's name upfront.  Thus, it was revised to Smokey Robinson & The Miracles (SRM).  The public and the critics did not say "boo"!  After all, Smokey is a male!  Some noted that Smokey deserved the distinction.  Oh, he did and Diana didn't?  She was/is much bigger than him.  By 1967, The Supremes had eleven #1 songs; The Miracles had one.  By the way, with three lead singers -- David Ruffin, Eddie Kendricks and Paul Williams -- an expanded group name could not be done with The Temptations.  Nonetheless, that did not stop main lead singer David from demanding it!  Guess what?  Ultimately, after that heated name battle, David soon went solo!  But some folks only like to talk, squawk and conspiracialize when it involves "the Girls"!?  Gladys Knight & The Pips (GKP), with a Motown girl group sound, was no problem as they had the lead singer's name announced from their beginning.  Besides, GKP were gender mixed with a majority of three males and only one girl Gladys.  Even Phil Spector finally expanded his chief girl group's name to Ronnie Spector & The Ronettes.  Oh, and across the musical spectrum on the "pop" side, The Four Seasons' name was expanded with worldwide, warm, welcoming arms without any whispers whatsoever in mid-1967 to Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons.  Back to the girl groups with the lead singer's name out front:  Patti LaBelle & The Bluebelles, Rosie & The OriginalsCissy Houston & The Sweet Inspirations, Reparata & The Delrons, Kathy Young & The Innocents, Barbara & The Uniques, Ruby & The Romantics, Queen Allyson & The Allysonians, Patty & The Emblems, Bonnie & The Treasures, Katrina & The Waves, Candy & The Kisses, Martha & The Muffins, Honey & The Bees, et al.  Do you know any others?  Please send the lead singer name out front girl group names to the S.V.A. via e-mail.  (Please see the email address below in this section.)

     
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 =Accolades:  Supremes & Dreamgirls=

Back to an original acclaim point, dreamgirlish groups The Supremes and The Vandellas have been inducted, respectively in 1988 and 1995, into the prestigious Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.  Although many started before them, Diana Ross & The Supremes were the first girl group to be inducted!  The Shirelles were the third girl group inductee (1996).  Next up into the R&R H-of-F should be other outstanding girl groups namely The Shangri-Las, The Ronettes and The Marvelettes.  The Broadway "Dreamgirls" had several nominations and won Tony awards including for Best Musical in 1982 and Jennifer Holiday as Best Supporting Actress.  No doubt, these movie "Dreamgirls" will also get "inducted" -- in the form of many nominations and awards.  They were nodded for five Golden Globe awards including Best Actress for Beyonce Knowles as lead singer "Deena Jones".  On January 14th, 2007, "Dreamgirls" won three of the GG noms including Best Movie Musical, Best Supporting Actress Jennifer Hudson and Best Supporting Actor Eddie Murphy.  For the Screen Actors Guild ("SAG") awards on January 28th, "Dreamgirls" won the same two supporting roles but not for Best Cast Ensemble.  The film "Dreamgirls" as a nominee (technically the movie's ensemble) was introduced as having been "...inspired by a legendary and successful American girl group".  We wonder whoever are they talking about?  "DG" has received eight -- the most in 2007 -- Oscar nominations.  Look on Sunday, February 25th, for the popular "Dreamgirls" to win several Academy Awards! 

  

     

The Dreams record album covers are clever and captivating reflections of The Supremes!




Top part of this Dreamgirls album is a take-off on "More Hits by The Supremes".
You can see that original '65 Supremes record album cover below at "1965".
The bottom part with style, outfits and poses are matched to "A' Go-Go".
Note:  There was never anyone the big size of Miss Effie in The Supremes.




Diana R., Florence B. and Mary W.
-- The Supremes #1 1966 record album
 

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Deena Jones in the close-up photo has a nicer Afro wig and much lighter make-up.
Lettering on this Dreamgirls album and the title are identical to The Supremes.
       An incredible replication and almost the exact material for the multi-color outfits.




Diana (close-up) / Cindy, Diana and Mary
This is DR & Supes last studio album in late 1969.
It contains the #1 song "Someday We'll Be Together".
This Supreme-less record was really Diana's first solo song!
Note:  Diana Ross objected to this 'double-Diana' effect of her on thecover twice.  She also stated dislike for that overly-serious look and that short, tight Afro wig!  This extra close-up combined with the group photo was an unusual, eye-catching lay-out for any artists' record album cover.

   
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 The rainbow and stacked lettering on this Dreamgirls album are like The Supremes' album.  
Album name "Touch" is authenticly the same and all of the girls have strikingly similar poses.
One un-obvious to the general public difference is the different positioning of the lead singer.




Mary, Cindy and Jean Terrell (lead)
-- a 1971 Supremes record album


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Album Note:  There is also a Dreams' version of the Diana Ross & The Supremes "Let The Sunshine In" flowery album cover.  (We have a Ross friend in the Brokeback Mountain state who is trying to get that album version.)   

   
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DRS Quiz Answer:  Diana Ross & The Supremes recorded the "Ain't Nothing Like The Real Thing" song for their second album with The Temptations entitled "Together".  The well-done song was also included when Motown Records released DRS & TT's "Joined Together: The Complete Studio Duets" in 2004.  (See album cover and info below at Section 2004-C.)  
 

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Similarities  between The Supremes and The Dreams 


* trio
* three girls
* brown Americans
* based in Detroit, Michigan
* group names rhyme (Supremes and Dreams)
* original group names changed (Primettes and Dreamettes)
* both groups' songs rose to the top of the charts many times
* determined record company heads (Berry Gordy and Curtis Taylor)
* both girl groups start as back-up singers (Marvin Gaye and James Early)
* company owner gets involved with one of the singers (but not the same one)
* both group lead singers (Diana and Beyonce) are pretty and light-skinned
* both lead singers (D & B) eventually went out on their own as a solo singer
Diana Ross 'endorsed' Beyonce Knowles for DRS-type Dreamgirls lead singer 
* Beyonce acknowledged that she met with Diana Ross several times before filming
* both girl groups are known for their visualized choreography and dance pizazz
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  The Dreamgirl Supremes:  "Dreamgirls keep you dreaming your whole life through."   

 

SupremeGirls pictured dreamily and sexily:  Cindy, Diana and Mary
Note:  The term "SupremeGirls" was coined by Williamson Henderson in 1981.
      

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To see "Dreamgirls" awards coverage and a photo of the movie soundtrack c/d cover,
visit:  www.STONEWALLvets.org/songsofStonewall-9.htm

       




   
2007 song by FLOS (Former Ladies of The Supremes):

* "One Night Only" (from "Dreamgirls" play) (remixed and re-released)

Line-up:  Scherrie Payne, Lynda Laurence and Cindy Birdsong -- plus Freddi Poole.
Note:  Cindy is with FLOS in recording studio only.  Freddi Poole is the 3rd singer in FLOS.


Visit the truly Supreme FLOS website with great
video link of Supreme Scherrie's powerhouse "One Night Only":
www.FormerLadiesOfTheSupremes.com
See Diana Ross backstage with the FLOS!!!!

Also visit the real-life Dreamgirls Dance Project:
www.DreamgirlsDanceProject.com
 
   



2006

Event>>>  "Dreamgirls" the Movie loosely based on The Supremes

Like "Dreamgirls" the play, "Dreamgirls" the movie, of course, is loosely based on the famed, all-time, number one Motown girl group trio Diana Ross & The Supremes ("DRS").  While surely not any biography nor including any actual Supremes' songs, "Dreamgirls" was written as a story tribute to Diana Ross & The Supremes.  Actually, it has been confirmed that the movie is closer in line to the DRS experience than the play.  The movie was wide-released nationally in the U.S.A. on December 26, 2006, to catch the big Christmas and New Year holiday crowd moviegoers and, moreso, just in time to be eligible for the forthcoming Academy Awards!  All of the reviews are absolutely supreme!  On February 2nd, 2007, "Dreamgirls" opens in Europe!  
 




2006

The Supremes:  This Is The Story - 1970s Supremes, The Jean Terrell Years (1970-1973) 

Supremes 1970s This Is The Story Jean Terre

Storied Seventies Supremes:  Mary Wilson, Cindy Birdsong and Jean Terrell



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A supreme, superb and surprise triple compact disc (C/D) collection of six Supremes albums from the early 1970s.  It is packaged as an over-sized, hard-covered compact disc book and includes the album covers of all six albums reproduced.  These years -- 1970 to 1973 -- by the Seventies Supremes are also known as "The Jean Terrell Years".  It includes their big popular hits such as "Up The Ladder To The Roof", "Everybody's Got The Right To Love", "Stoned Love", "River Deep, Mountain High", "Nathan Jones" and "Floy Joy", all of their other single releases, flipside favorites and so much more all in one really definitive collection.  
    

 
Supremes 1970s This Is The Story Mary Wilson

Close-Up:  Cindy Birdsong, Jean Terrell and Mary "V" Wilson



 





FLOS (Former Ladies Of Supremes) 2006 single release record:

* "Sisters United (We're Taking Control)"

Line-up:  Scherrie Payne, Lynda Laurence and Freddi Poole
Note:  Scherrie & Lynda were also The Supremes with Diana Ross
in 2000 for the North American "Return To Love Concert Tour".

      

 

2005

Diana Ross & The Supremes:  GOLD

Supremes Gold Front Cover

Gold Supremes smiling (l-2-r):  Florence Ballard, Mary Wilson and Diana Ross
   

"The Supremes Gold" collection of the "Top 40" Diana Ross & The Supremes and post-Diana Supremes single-release songs includes several that were mega hits for the Motown girl trio at The Stonewall Club (1966 to 1969) -- and virtually everywhere else!  They include:  "My World Is Empty Without You, Babe", "Love Is Like An Itchin' In My Heart", "You Can't Hurry Love", "You Keep Me Hangin' On", "Love Is Here And Now You're Gone", "The Happening", "Reflections", "In And Out Of Love", "Forever Came Today", "Some Things You Never Get Used To", "Love Child", "I'm Gonna Make You Love Me", "I'm Livin' In Shame", "The Composer (You Put A Song In My Heart)", "No Matter What Sign You Are" and "Someday We'll Be Together" -- plus five great "B" sides, "Standing At The Crossroads Of Love", "Ask Any Girl", "Whisper You Love Me Boy", "Everything's Good About You" and "There's No Stopping Us Now", all of which could have been hit "A" side songs.  

Post-Stonewall, there are an impressive ten 1970s Supremes songs.  Included are several of their best singles such as "Up The Ladder To The Roof", "Everybody's Got The Right To Love", "Stoned Love", "Nathan Jones", "Floy Joy", "Bad Weather", "I'm Gonna Let My Heart Do The Walking" and "You're My Driving Wheel".  The c/d also tries to 'contain' that sizzling Scherrie Payne-led song "The Sha-La (La-La-La) Bandit".  You should know what "sha-la" as in sex means with those never-before-heard killer lines:  "Girls, I have a confession to make!  If they put that man in a jail, I'm gonna jump right in his cell.... there's 'something' about him!  Oooo, yeah!"  OMG!  Oh my God, girlz -- isn't that reminiscent of some of the hot boyz at the old Stonewall Club?!  Ooooh, there's 'something' about them... and we know what that 'something' is!  Go for the "gold", Girlz
   
 



Diana Ross & The Supremes song remixed and released as a single in '05:

* "Honey Bee (Keep On Stingin' Me)" (2005) {U.K.}
{The song was originally released on the DRS album "Love Child"!}
 



         

Diana Ross & The Supremes:  Sing Motown

Cleverly (with all four 1960s Supremes) and artistically portrayed:  Diana Ross (close-up), Florence Ballard (top left) Cindy Birdsong (lower left) and Mary Wilson (bottom center) 


 "Diana Ross & The Supremes Sing Motown" contains twenty-four songs in this terrific, timeless and true "Motown sound" collection.  All songs were uniquely Diana Ross & The Supremes' album cuts or previously unreleased songs until decades later when they were included on various Supremes compilation c/d's.  One exception is "I Guess I'll Always Love You", originally a hit single for the Isley Brothers.  This H-D-H song actually was a popular DRS single flipside in late 1967.  "IGIALY" was in the Stonewall jukebox and it was a sentimental dance favorite!    

   

"Standing Supreme (l-2-r):  Diana Ross, Mary Wilson and Flo Ballard

       
   

 

2004-A (as in All the #1s)

Diana Ross & The Supremes:  The Number 1's

Diana Ross & The Supremes

Guess the three #1 Supremes shown above!!!  Answer way down below.

  
"Diana Ross & The Supremes' Number Ones" refers to both the number one songs of The Supremes as a group and those of Diana Ross as a solo singer.  Impressively, Motown's marketing and packaging of this DRS hit-packed compact disc of 20 Number One hits is another Supremes dream come true.  It surely adds to the convenience and accessibility of the historic songs as is the case with The Stonewall.  Secondly, it must be stated that The Supremes had six #1 songs before The Stonewall opened!  "The Songs of The Stonewall" (1966 through 1969) included in this DRS all #1 songs compact disc, which we call the "Gold Supremes" referring to the gold #1 songs and the goldized gowns, are plentiful.  They include the following #1 songs of Diana Ross & The Supremes that were at The Stonewall Club:  "You Can't Hurry Love" and "You Keep Me Hangin' On" from 1966; "Love Is Here And Now You're Gone", "The Happening" and "Reflections" from 1967; "Love Child" and "I'm Gonna Make You Love Me" (with The Temptations) from 1968; and "Someday We'll Be Together" from 1969.  It is most significant, ironic and welcomed that Motown Records has released this "Gold Supremes" group #1s and Diana Ross solo #1 songs collection at this historic time in 2004 on the 35th anniversary of the 1969 Gay Stonewall Rebellion.  Diana Ross & The Supremes were always the #1 favorite overall recording artist at The Stonewall.

 

The Supremes cable-carring in San Francisco, California (l-2-r):  Florence Ballard (wearing scarf), Mary Wilson (center) and Diana Ross (stylishly with sunglasses on head).  If you look inside the cable car, the dark man standing and wearing a suit and sunglasses and starring hard at the girls is not the conductor!  This is not "Destination Anywhere".  This is Frisco!  And besides, what conductor wears sunglasses?  None!  It is Motown Records founder and president Berry Gordy, Jr.  He surely was on The Supremes' case and on location -- even on a cable car in Frisco!

   


 

2004-B (as in "B" sides)

Diana Ross & The Supremes:  The B-Sides

Beautifully pictured (l-2-r):  Diana Ross, Mary Wilson and Florence Ballard
    [Note:  This is full-faced picture not shown on DRS #1s album cover!]     

"The 'B' Sides of Diana Ross & The Supremes" -- the flipside songs -- were so popular and memorable at The Stonewall and hundreds of other Gay clubs and bars, particularly throughout America and the United Kingdom, that these wonderful songs had a following of their own, which happily exists to this very day.  At last our dreams came true:  there is a compact disc (c/d) with virtually every Diana Ross & The Supremes' flipside song from 1963 through 1969 -- a total of 30 are included!  By virtue of space, the c/d excludes the five duet flipside songs with The Temptations.  What's amazing is that Motown Records in over four decades never bothered (or had the customer-oriented want list) to compile and distribute a record album nor an 8-track tape nor a cassette nor a c/d of all the incredible DRS flipside songs.  By the way, Motown still hasn't!  This is a privately-produced collection with limited distribution.  What a Supreme treat!

The popular Diana Ross & The Supremes' fabulous flipside songs -- most written by ace Motown songwriters Holland-Dozier-Holland ("H-D-H") -- at The Stonewall Club (1966 - 1969) on this special compact disc include:  "Everything's Good About You" (so popular and so danceable that we had our own special line dance for this song), "He's All I Got", "Put Yourself In My Place" (another line dance), "Remove This Doubt" (a very untypical Supremes, sad, unsure, melodramatic song romanticized for bump 'n' grind), "There's No Stopping Us Now" (another great second-tier Gay anthem), "All I Know About You" (an unusual, surprise campy song), "Going Down For The Third Time" (powerful and very "A" side), "I Guess I'll Always Love You" (Isley Brothers re-do), "Will This Be The Day" (wishful, girlie and pretty), "The Young Folks" (the definitive 1969 Stonewall Rebellion theme song), "He's My Sonny Boy" and many others -- plus the ultimate DRS (pre-Stonewall) flipside song, "Ask Any Girl".

 


   

2004-C (as in Complete duets)

Diana Ross & The Supremes and The Temptations:  Joined Together (The Complete Studio Duets)

Pictured (l-2-r) top:  Paul Williams, Dennis Edwards, Melvin Franklin, Eddie Kendricks and Otis Williams; and (l-2-r) bottom: Diana Ross, Cindy Birdsong and Mary Wilson

  

"Diana Ross & The Supremes And The Temptations" proved big time that joining any two supergroups together to perform is usually a brilliant and surely a rare idea.  Joining the #1 female group in the world -- then and now -- Diana Ross & The Supremes with the #1 rhythm 'n' blues/soul group, The Temptations (worldwide #3 male group, third only to The Beatles and The Rolling Stones) was a brilliant idea.  It was an incredible combination, whose music is great, fresh, compelling and timeless.  The combo of these two supergroups was particularly ecstatic for the Black, Brown, Beige and Gay communities.  Their first album issued on Motown Records in the autumn of 1968 was simply entitled "Diana Ross & The Supremes Join The Temptations", generating an immensely loved #1 song, "I'm Gonna Make You Love Me", and two other duet singles.

Diana Ross & The Supremes and The Temptations' second album in 1969 is named "Together", delivering two more single-release songs.  Both of these original studio albums are pictured below.  DRS & TT's joint albums and single-release records -- plus the entire concept of these two big, popular groups together -- produced two wonderful, unique and successful hour-long television specials.  In late 1968 it was "Takin' Care Of Business" (T.C.B.) and in November of 1969 it was "Get It Together" (G.I.T.).  Now, this 'new' release 35 years later in 2004 of both albums plus many bonus tracks of previously unreleased songs, such as "A House Is Not A Home", and alternate versions of several songs is appropriately named a combination of both prior albums: "Joined Together".  All five single songs that played in The Stonewall jukebox are, of course, included:  "I'm Gonna Make You Love Me" (#1 song), "I'll Try Something New" (Top 10 song), "Stubborn Kind Of Fellow" back/with "Try It Baby" (officially unreleased), "The Weight" (unofficially should not have been released) and "I Second That Emotion" (wisely released widely in Europe by the Tamla/Motown label but in America it was basically only in Mafia-owned Gay bars with jukeboxes)!

 

Supremes & Temptations photo (1968) from "Takin' Care of Business"




     

2004-D (as in Diana "Somewhere")

Diana Ross & The Supremes:  There's A Place For Us

Supremes Place For Us

Serenely pictured (1965):  Mary Wilson, Florence Ballard and Diana Ross


"There's A Place For Us" is an unearthed, incredible collection of Supremes' gems solidifying 2004 as a banner year for newly-released material by Diana Ross & The Supremes.  The theatrical title "There's A Place For Us" is based on the classic West Side Story song "Somewhere" (of course, included).  This song was/is one of the subliminal yet durable Gay anthems.  Think about it -- especially in perspective of the pre-Gay rights Stonewall Era.  Many Stonewall patrons got to see their favorite DRS perform "Somewhere" in their mid- and late-1960s concerts in New York and elsewhere.  With these "new" 25 songs, it is logical to assume that none were at The Stonewall.  Wrong!  As has been reported in the Stonewall Newzletta over the decades, the well-connected and customer-accommodating Mafia had a Motown promotional copy of the beautiful, upbeat, danceable "Strangers In The Night" in the Stonewall jukebox in late 1966 or early 1967.  Included on this compact disc are also several renditions of girl group songs from the 1950s such as "Mister Sandman" (The Chordettes), "Around The World In 80 Days" (The Shirelles) and "Sincerely" (McGuire Sisters) that The Supremes pay respects to as "A Tribute To The Girls" in this "There's A Place For Us" compact disc (c/d).

  
Supremes Place For Us

Show-stopping Supremes pictured (l-2-r):  Mary, Diana and Florence
 

   

   

2004-E (as in Expanded Edition Supreme)

Diana Ross & The Supremes:  Where Did Our Love Go (40th Anniversary Deluxe and Expanded Edition)

Supremely pictured (1964):  Flo Ballard (top), Mary Wilson (middle) and Diana Ross
 Motown used the exact same original cover without even a gold embossment stating "deluxe".
To look at the cover, anyone would think that it is a single album with only the listed 12 songs; 
when actually it is a double album (c/d) with nearly 50 songs -- many never-before-released!

   
   

 

2003

Diana Ross & The Supremes:  The Christmas Collection

Diana Ross & The Supremes: Merry Christmas!

Santa-up'd with those Christmas Supremes smiles are (l-2-r):  Flo, Diana and Mary

 

filename:  Diana-Ross_Supremes_Xmas-flipside

Holiday happiness pictured on a sleigh ride (l-2-r):  Florence, Diana and Mary

   

 

2002

The Supremes:  The 1970s Anthology

Seventies Supremes 1970s Anthology

 

Former Ladies of The Supremes' ("FLOS") 2002 Song:

* "Finally"

 

 

   

2001

Diana Ross & The Supremes:  —ANTHOLOGY—

Supremes Anthology

Supremely gowned (l-2-r):  Florence Ballard, Diana Ross and Mary Wilson


Outside of The Supremes' box set, this "Diana Ross & The Supremes ---Anthology---" is the supremest Supremes collection.  It contains 50 songs!  Included are every DRS song at The Stonewall Club and far beyond.  The "Songs of The Stonewall" featured are everything from "My World Is Empty" (1966) through "Reflections" (1967) to "Love Child" (1968) and "Someday" (1969).  This anthology also contains the single duet songs with the Temptations such as "I'm Gonna Make You Love Me", "I'll Try Something New" and "Try It Baby".

 

DRS (1969) shown:  Diana (profile), Cindy Birdsong and Mary Wilson

     


2000

Diana Ross & The Supremes:  The Supremes' Box Set

Sexily posed (1966):  Flo Ballard (top), Mary Wilson (left) and Diana Ross 


"The Supremes Box Set" with 82 songs on four c/d's is the ultimate Diana Ross & The Supremes collection.  Most of us know that it was Motown's Mary Wells who sang the worldwide #1 hit "My Guy".  But in this remarkable Supremes treasure chest, you get what so many of us wished for:  Diana and the girls singing their version of "My Guy"!  Likewise, we know Gladys Knight & The Pips' 1969 hit "The Nitty Gritty", now you get to hear the unique and sexy version by The Supes. 

        




Event>>> Diana Ross & The Supremes:  Return To Love Concert Tour

The Supremes' "Return To Love" concert tour by Diana Ross & Any Supremes ever as one of the most sought performances in the World is an unequivocal understatement!  This is the first concert with Diana Ross and any Supremes in exactly 30 years!!!  It incredibly took place from mid-June to early-July of 2000 in the New Millennium.  This was a Supremes and their fans longtime dream come true!  "All you gotta do is dream!"  The real "Dreamgirls" are really here!!!  Diana Ross & The Supremes!!!  What other tour did any group ever have where the artists sang virtually their every single song release (especially when the number is about 35)?  Never!  In fact, the total amount of songs performed -- with several solos such as Diana's "I Will Survive" -- was nearly 40!  On stage, Miss Ross was joined by Gay soul sensation Luther Vandross to duet on "The Best Years Of My Life".  In Manhattan, New York, the massive, hugely-promoted, sold-out, media magnet, standing-room only "high energy" event happened on "a warm summer night", Thursday, July 6, 2000, at Madison Square Garden.  In reality, our "Forever Came Today" came today.  Supremely, "Someday They'll Be Together" was today!  

Because their lawyers, accountants, managers, promoters, handlers, programmers, cosmetologists, hairdressers, dermatologists, manicurists, electrologists, et al. -- probably their doctors, dentists, therapists and plumbers, too -- wanted too many millions of dollars for two of the back-up Supremes, namely Mary Wilson and Cindy Birdsong, those two had to be eliminated.  Unfortunately for them and the worldwide DRS fans, Mary and Cindy were counted out.  Thus, no billing the concerts as a "reunion".  Boo-hoo!   

Fortunately, two other 100% authentic Supremes (from the 1970s) were counted in:  super Scherrie Payne and lovely Lynda Laurence.  "Yeaahh!"  In reality, this tour brought together the 1960s and the 1970s Supremes, spanning the entire career of The Supremes!!  Both Scherrie and Lynda are lead singers in their own right -- and proved it again supremely on this Supremes tour with their great Supreme solos "Stoned Love" and "Up The Ladder To The Roof", respectively.

Several Stonewall veterans such as Williamson Henderson, Ray McCaffrey, Terri Van Dyke, Leigh McManus, Dave West and Sonny Owens and their friends such as Liz Abzug and Erica Forman, Princess Jenni July, Squiress Cindy Chan, et al. attended in Supreme style!  In fact, several Stonewallers arrived in the classic and perfect year 1969 blue Cadillac convertible -- with the top down!  All saw the fabulous sold-out/S.R.O. show at famed Madison Square Garden in New York City.  After the huge orchestra performed an incredible kick-ass overture of Supremes' songs, Diana, Scherrie and Lynda, in matching, gorgeous, silver mirrored gowns, descended a spiral starecase breaking into their opening song:  "Reflections"!  The girls then 'owned' the 20,000-plus audience.  They appropriately closed with, of course, an extended "Someday We'll Be Together"!

   

 

1999

Diana Ross & The Supremes:  The Millennium Collection, Vol. 2

DRS Millenium

Super Supremes shown (1969):  Diana (left), Cindy (top right) and Mary (bottom)

 


 

Diana Ross & The Supremes:  The Millennium Collection, Vol. 1

Diana Ross & The Supremes Millennium Collection

Pictured (1964):  Diana Ross (top), Florence Ballard (left) and Mary Wilson (right)

 

 

1997

Diana Ross & The Supremes:  The Ultimate Collection (compact disc)

Diana Ross & The Supremes Ultimate Collection

Ultimate Supremes songs and the ultimate Supremes photograph  

   

Diana Ross + The Supremes:  Ultimate Collection (cassette)

Florence, Mary and Diana (l-2-r):  The Ultimate Supremes

 

   

1996

Supreme Mary Wilson's solo song in 1996:

* "Turn Around"

   


     

1995

Diana Ross & The Supremes:  The Best of Diana Ross & The Supremes

       

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["Best of DRS" anthology album]

     

This Diana Ross & The Supremes collection is so "Best" that it even includes the reclusive flipside song "Remove This Doubt (Little Boy)" -- an unusual, very dramatic, H-D-H-written, un-Supremish masterpiece convincingly sung by an emotional Diana with ultra-effective back-up singing by Mary and Flo.  It was a popular slow-grind hit at The Stonewall Club, the after-hour clubs and beyond!

   

 

1991


The FLOS' 1991 single-release Supremey songs:

* "I Wanna Be Loved"

* Back By Popular Demand"


Line-up:  Scherrie Payne, Lynda Laurence and Freddi Poole

   

   

1990

Mary Wilson's Second Supremes Book:  "Supreme Faith:  Someday We'll Be Together"

   


   

1990 song by Former Ladies of The Supremes (FLOS):

* "Crazy 'Bout The Guy"

     


   

1989

Former Supreme Scherrie Payne's 1989 songs:

* "Relight My Fire" [w/ Chuck Jackson]

* "Pure Energy"

   


   
 
1988

Event>>>  The Supremes -- Diana Ross, Mary Wilson and Florence Ballard -- inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame!!!

The music industry's ultimate, lifetime, prestigious award for The Supremes was accepted in person only by Mary Wilson.  This induction into the "Rock & Roll Hall of Fame" was Supreme!  In view of Mary's controversial, revealing and dishy "Dreamgirl" book, most understood but regretted the absence of the group's star and lead singer Diana Ross, who was conveniently on a concert tour.  Cindy Birdsong was unnecessarily not included by the R&R in the accolade.  After all, DRS also had #1 songs ("Reflections", "Love Child", "I'm Gonna Make You Love Me" and "Someday") with Cindy as part of the trio.  Unfortunately, this honor for Florence Ballard was posthumous as Flo sadly passed away a dozen years earlier.

 
 

   

1987

Diana Ross & The Supremes:  Motown Legends, Volume 2

Pictured (circa 1969) above (l-2-r):  Cindy Birdsong, Diana Ross and Mary Wilson

     


     

Diana Ross & The Supremes:  Never-Before-Released Masters

   

["NBRM" album]

 

     

 

1986

Mary Wilson's First Supremes Book:  "Dreamgirl: My Life As A Supreme"

 


                   

Diana Ross & The Supremes:  25th Anniversary {3 album set}

   

 

["25th Anniversary" 3-set albums]

   

 

 

 


   
      1986 songs by Scherrie Payne:   

* "On And On" [duet w/ Phillip Ingram]

* "The Right Stuff"



   

Diana Ross & The Supremes:  Motown Legends

Shown above looking grand and gorgeous (circa 1969):  Mary, Diana and Cindy

 


1985

Former Supreme Scherrie Payne's 1985 solo song:

* "Hope" 

   

   

1984

Scherrie Payne's dreamgirlish solo song in 1984: 

* "One Night Only" (ironically from the Broadway play "Dreamgirls") [ironic background vocals by Edna Wright of The Honey Cone! and Cindy Birdsong of The Supremes!!]

 
   

 

1983

Event>>>  The Supremes Reunion on T.V. Special:  "Motown 25"

"Motown 25 Anniversary Special" starring Diana Ross ("Ain't No Mountain High Enough") & The Supremes ("Someday We'll Be Together").... plus Michael Jackson ("Billie Jean") & The Jacksons ("I Want You Back"), Marvin Gaye ("What's Going On"), The Temptations {"My Girl"), Martha Reeves ("Heat Wave"), The Four Tops ("Reach Out, I'll Be There"), Mary Wells ("My Guy"), Smokey Robinson ("The Tracks Of My Tears"), High Inergy ("He's A Pretender"), Stevie Wonder ("My Cherie Amour"), DeBarge ("All That Love"), Jr. Walker ("Shotgun"), Lionel Ritchie & The Commodores ("Brick House"), Gladys Knight & The Pips ("I Heard It Through The Grapevine"), et al. -- and Motown's Founder Berry Gordy, Jr. and Ross movies co-stars Billy Dee Williams and Richard Pryor.  The highlight of this blockbuster show to many people was the reunion -- after 13 long years -- on stage, anyway, of the World's all-time top female singing group:  DRS!!!

 

     

1982

1982 songs of solo Supreme Scherrie Payne:
 
* "Girl, You're In Love" [background by... Edmund Sylvers of The Sylvers]

* "I'm Not In Love" [background by... Freda Payne! and Mary Wilson!]
   
     

     

1981

Diana Ross & The Supremes' 1981 Extended Compilation Single:

* "Diana Ross & The Supremes More Hits Medley" ("You Keep Me Hangin' On", "My World Is Empty Without You", "You Can't Hurry Love", "Love Child", "Reflections", "I Hear A Symphony", "Love Is Here And Now You're Gone" and "Someday We'll Be Together")

 
 

 

1980

Diana Ross & All The Supremes:  Superstar Series

Supremely, classically Motown and beautifully portrayed above (top row/l-2-r) are:  Florence Ballard, Scherrie Payne, Diana Ross and Susaye Greene; and (bottom row/l-2-r):  Lynda Laurence, Mary Wilson, Cindy Birdsong and Jean Terrell -- spanning 18 years, all 8 Supremes!!!!!!!!
Supremes Note:  This must be the most incredible and supremely best Supremes album cover ever!

   


    

Diana Ross & The Supremes' Disco-ized Compilation Single Release in 1980:

* "Medley of Supremes Hits" ("Stop!  In The Name Of Love", "Back In My Arms Again", "Come See About Me", "Love Is Like An Itchin' In My Heart", "Where Did Our Love Go" and "Baby Love") =b/w= "Where Do I Go From Here" [by the 1970s Supremes]

 




     


     


1970s:  The Supremes

  


1979

Mary Wilson 1979 solo song:

* "Red Hot"

 


     

Scherrie Payne & Susaye Greene 1979 duet songs:

* "Leaving Me Was The Best Thing You've Ever Done"

* "You've Been Good To Me"

 

 

1978

The Supremes:  The Supremes At Their Best (1970s)

Supremes 1978 Best

Where's a pic of the '70s Supremes???  No photo to adorn the cover of a Supremes record album?  They should have at least had a montage of pix of all of the 1970s Supremes.  What was Motown Rex not thinking?  {This and "The Supremes Sing Jimmy Webb" are the only bad album covers in their entire her-story.}

 
     


   

Scherrie & The Supremes 1978 post-Supremes record release:

* "The Sha-La Bandit" {Westchester County, N.Y. & Gay clubs everywhere}

 

   

1977

The Supremes:  Mary, Scherrie & Susaye

   

["MSS" album] 

  

   


   

1977 dance hittin' Supremes' (S/M/S) last single songs:

* "Let Yourself Go" {#1 Dance} =b/w= "You Are The Heart Of Me" [Mary] {final U.S. single release by The Supremes}

* "Love I Never Knew You Could Feel So Good" {U.K. only}

 

 

1976

The Supremes:  High Energy

 

["High Energy" album]

   

   


 

Songs by Scherrie & The Supremes in 1976:

* "High Energy" [lead: Susaye Greene w/ Mary intro] (single unreleased, album cut only) {#1 Dance}

* "I'm Gonna Let My Heart Do The Walking" {#1 Dance} =b/w= "Early Morning Love"

* "You're My Driving Wheel" =b/w= "You're What's Missing In My Life"

Line-up:  Scherrie Payne, Mary Wilson and Susaye Greene ("S/M/S")


         

 

1975

The Supremes:  The Supremes {self-titled}

   

["TS" album]

 

   


   

Songs in 1975 by The Supremes:

* "It's All Been Said Before" [first single w/ Scherrie Payne as lead singer]

* "He's My Man" [Scherrie as lead w/ Mary] {#1 Dance}

* "Where Do I Go From Here?"

Line-up:  Scherrie Payne (lead), Mary Wilson and Cindy Birdsong

 

 

1974

1974 sole single released by Motown for The Supremes:

* "Reach Out And Touch" [w/ The Four Tops] {U.K. only}

 

 

 

1973

The Supremes:  In Japan!

The Supremes in Japan

  The New Supremes shown in concert on stage in Japan on June 3, 1973:  
Jean Terrell (lower left), Lynda Laurence (top left) and Mary Wilson (right)


The Supremes shown on a Japanese stage (l-2-r):  Jean, Lynda and Mary

 Although this album was recorded in 1973, you can hear Supreme "live" versions of  
favorite DRS songs such as "My World Is Empty Without You" and "Reflections".

   


       

The Supremes' single-release songs in 1973:

* "Cheap Lovin'" {U.K. only}

* "Bad Weather " [last U.S. single w/ lead singer Jean Terrell]

* "Tossin' And Turnin'" {Europe/Asia only}

Line-up:  Jean Terrell, Mary Wilson and Cindy Birdsong (return)

     


    

The Supremes:  Produced And Arranged By Jimmy Webb

Supremes 1970s Jimmy Webb

Supreme question:  Where are The Supremes???
Note:  This is the second (and worst) of two non-Supreme album covers.

In reality, it resembles the front of a memorial card at a funeral parlor. 

   

 

1972

The Supremes:  Floy Joy

Supremes 1970s Floy Joy

Classy Supremes:  Lynda Laurence, Mary Wilson and Jean Terrell

 
   

1972 songs of The Supremes:

* "Automatically Sunshine"

* "Your Wonderful, Sweet, Sweet Love"

* "I Guess I'll Miss The Man" (from "Pippin")

Line-up:  Jean Terrell (lead), Mary Wilson and Lynda Laurence



       

The Supremes & The Four Tops:  Dynamite

   

[PLACE "Dynamite" album cover here!]


   
 
  

 

1971

The Supemes:  Touch

Supremes 1970s Touch

Rainbow Girls (l-2-r): Mary W, Cindy B and Jean T

 




   

The Supremes' diverse 1971 songs:

* "Nathan Jones" =b/w= "Happy Is A Bumpy Road"

* "You Gotta Have Love In Your Heart" [w/ The Four Tops]

* "Touch" [leads Mary and Jean]

* "Floy Joy"

   


   

     
 The Supremes & The Four Tops:  Return of The Magnificent Seven

   

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[PLACE] "Return of The Magnificent 7" album cover

    

   

   

 

1970

The Supremes:  Right-On!

Supremes 1970s Right On

Right-On + Upfront: Jean Terrell, Cindy Birdsong and Mary Wilson

 


 

Post-Stonewall/Post-Diana new Supremes' hit 1970 songs:

* "Up The Ladder To The Roof" {#1 R&B}

* "Everybody's Got The Right To Love" {#1 R&B}

* "Stoned Love" {int'l #1 song}

* "River-Deep, Mountain-High" [w/ The Four Tops] (remake of Phil Spector-produced Ike & Tina Turner song)  {#1 R&B}

Line-up:  Jean Terrell (lead singer), Mary Wilson and Cindy Birdsong





The Supremes:  New Ways But Love Stays

Supremes 1970s New Ways But Love Stays

Pictured in big oval:  Mary, Jean and Cindy
 In individual ovals:  Cindy, Jean and Mary


 

 
    

     
        

The Supremes & The Four Tops:  The Magnificent Seven

 

["The M-7" album cover]

         

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1960s:  Diana Ross & The Supremes
 



1970

Diana Ross & The Supremes:  Farewell
 
   

["Farewell" album]


 
 

Contrary to popular belief and the pundits, Diana Ross & The Supremes namely Mary Wilson and Cindy Birdsong did do a recorded final concert.  At the conclusion of that Las Vegas show, there was an official two-for-one stock split on January 14, 1970!  Their DRS #1 international song "Someday We'll Be Together" was still #1 on some record charts.  In fact, this two-record album created from that huge finale DRS concert was not released until a few months afterward.  Years later, this ultimate Supremes 'live' album was re-released and renamed "Diana Ross & The Supremes Captured Live On Stage!". 
 
   



   

1969

Diana Ross & The Supremes:  Greatest Hits, Volume 3

Supremes 1969 Greatest Hits Volume 3

  Double Diana dee-lite with two sets of on-stage Supremes pix 

This "Diana Ross & The Supremes Greatest Hits Volume 3" album was greatly anticipated. The album's songs were all red-hot at The Stonewall and many of the songs stretched worldwide.  DRS have some of their heaviest #1 hits here in "Greatest Hits, Volume 3" such as "Love Is Here And Now You're Gone", "Reflections", "Love Child" and "Someday We'll Be Together".  Motown Records, however, disappointed many -- probably The Supes, too -- by not including their three U.S. duet singles with The Temptations and excluding one DRS single "The Young Folks".  With an odd and low number of only 11 songs, there was plenty of room on the album for at least three more.  A few popular flipside songs such as "I Guess I'll Always Love You" and "He's My Sonny Boy" from the clubs and home play were also ripe for inclusion.
 
     



        

Diana Ross & The Supremes & The Temptations:  Get It Together On Broadway (television special)

   

["G.I.T." album]

      

     

 


     

Diana Ross & The Supremes:  Cream Of The Crop

Supremes Cream

Pictured above (l-2-r):  Diana Ross (close-up); Cindy Birdsong, Diana and Mary Wilson

     


     
    

1969 songs of Diana Ross & The Girlz at The Stonewall:

* "I'm Livin' In Shame" {#1 R&B} =b/w= "I'm So Glad I Got Somebody Like You Around"

* "Ain't No Mountain High Enough" {groups duet} =b/w= "The Rhythm Of Life" [w/ The Temptations] {U.K. only}

* "The Composer (You Put A Song In My Heart)" 

* "I'll Try Something New" [w/ The Temptations]

* "No Matter What Sign You Are" =b/w= "The Young Folks" {their songs at the time of the Stonewall Rebellion} 

* "I Second That Emotion" [w/ The Temptations featuring Eddie Kendricks] {U.K. only}

* "Stubborn Kind Of Fellow" =b/w= "Try It Baby" [w/ The Temptations]

* "The Young Folks" (DRS's only flipside song re-issued as an "A" side) {#1 at The Stonewall}

* "The Weight" =b/w= "For Better Or Worse" [w/ The Temptations]

* "Someday We'll Be Together" {#1 int'l song} {DRS song at the time of The Stonewall closing in Dec. 1969} =b/w= "He's My Sunny Boy" (last U.S. single record of DRS)

Stonewall "Gay Marriage" Song Note:  
Surprisingly, of all The Supremes single songs, both sides, only one was about marriage or a church or 'going to the chapel'.  The song is "For Better Or Worse", a duet with The Temptations.  It was the "B" side (should have been "A") of the non-Motown, non-soul, non-hit "The Weight" (inexplicable remake of the song by the bluesy rock group called The Band).  With lyrics such as "For better or worse, I'll say yes in that little church.  Will you marry me, boy.....", you can imagine how dreamy was the hope to Gay people of "For Better Or Worse".  Yes, it was in The Stonewall Jukebox in the historic and hot Summer of 1969!   

 


     

Diana Ross & The Supremes & The Temptations:  Together

Portrayed above top (l-2-r):  Cindy, Diana and Mary; and
portrayed bottom (l-2-r):  Eddie, Otis, Melvin, Paul and Dennis

  


     

Diana Ross & The Supremes:  Let The Sunshine In

Supremes Sunshine

DRS portrayed floweringly are (l-2-r):  Mary, Diana and Cindy

   

      

   

1968

Diana Ross & The Supremes & The Temptations:  T.C.B. (Takin' Care of Business)  (television special)

Supremely Diana Ross with The Supremes and uniquely Diana Ross with The Temptations shown in two lively, glamorous performance scenes from the very popular "T.C.B." television special

 


     

Diana Ross & The Supremes:  Love Child

Supremes Lovechild

Love Children a.k.a. Gayly Stonewall:  Cindy Bee, Mary W. and Diana the Ross

   


 

Diana Ross & The Supremes' 1968 songs at The Stonewall:

* "Forever Came Today" =b/w= "Time Changes Things"

* "What The World Needs Now Is Love" =b/w= "Your Kiss Of Fire" 
(Note:  Not-for-sale single issued only to radio station disc jockeys and Gay clubs.)

* "Some Things You Never Get Used To" =b/w= "You've Been So Wonderful To Me"

* "Love Child" {int'l #1 song} =b/w= "Will This Be The Day"

* "I'm Gonna Make You Love Me" [w/ The Temptations featuring Diana Ross & Eddie Kendricks] {#1 song} =b/w= "A Place In The Sun" [featruing Diana Ross & Paul Williams]

   


     

Diana Ross & The Supremes:  Sing & Perform "Funny Girl"

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[DRS "Funny Girl" album] 

   

   

 



   

Diana Ross & The Supremes & The Temptations:  Diana Ross & The Supremes Join The Temptations

The Supremes Join The
Temptations

Artistically, impressively and uniquely portrayed by Motown illustrator Carl Owens are (l-2-r):  pretty Mary Wilson, sexy Paul Williams, soulful Dennis Edwards, superstar Diana Ross, handsome Eddie Kendricks, quiet Otis Williams (no relation to PW), baritone Melvin Franklin and Flo-ish Cindy Birdsong.  This #1 record album "Joined Together" was released in November 1968, just one month prior to the first television special of Diana Ross & The Supremes with The Temptations.  It was the "talk of the town" -- really, the world -- and ever so much at NYC's The Stonewall Club!

     


   

Florence Ballard:  The Supreme Florence Ballard

 
DRS Florence Ballard

Flo Ballard looking so Supreme and Supremely solo 

Supreme Florence Ballard's solo songs at The Stonewall in 1968:

* "It Doesn't Matter How I Say It (It's What I Say That Matters)"

* "Love Ain't Love" =b/w= "Forever Faithful"

* "You Bring Out The Sweetness In Me" {officially unreleased} 

 




   

Diana Ross & The Supremes:  Live At London's Talk Of The Town

  

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["LALTOTT" album]

          

   

  

1967

Diana Ross & The Supremes:  Reflections

Reflections

Reflections of:  Diana Ross, Mary Wilson and Cindy Birdsong
...and it looks like they reflectively and craftily cropped out all of Flo!
Note:  This is the last studio album with Flo and the first with Cindy.

     


 

Super songs from 1967 of Diana Ross & The Supremes at The Stonewall:

* "Love Is Here And Now You're Gone" {int'l #1 song} =b/w= "There's No Stopping Us Now"

* "The Happening" {#1 song} =b/w= "All I Know About You"

* "Reflections" {#1 song} =b/w= "Going Down For The Third Time"

* "In And Out Of Love" =b/w= "I Guess I'll Always Love You"
   
Musical Note:  1967 was the greatest year of all flipside total hits for Diana & The Supremes!!!

 
       

 

Diana Ross & The Supremes:  Sing Disney Classics (unreleased)

    Supremes Sing Disney    

Dreamily pictured Supremes (l-2-r):  Flo, Mary and Diana
          
 
Supremes / Disney Super Songlist

 "Heigh-Ho" (from 'Snow White & The Seven Dwarfs', 1937)
  "A Dream Is A Wish Your Heart Makes" (from 'Cinderella', 1950) 
  "Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah" (from 'Song Of The South', 1946) 
  "When You Wish Upon A Star" (from 'Pinocchio', 1940)  
  "It Won't Be Long Til Christmas" (from 'The Happiest Millionaire', 1967)
  "Toyland" (from 'Babes In Toyland', 1961)
  "Chim Chim Cher-ee" (from 'Mary Poppins', 1965)
  "Whistle While You Work" (from 'Snow White')
  "The Land Of Make Believe" (from 'Peter Pan', 1953) 
  "Someday My Prince Will Come" (from 'Snow White') 
  "A Spoonful of Sugar" (from 'Mary Poppins') 
  "I've Got No Strings" (from 'Pinocchio') 
  "Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious" (from 'Mary Poppins' )
  "The Ballad Of Davy Crockett" (from 'Davy Crockett, King Of The Wild Frontier', 1954) 
  "
Bibbidi Bobbidi Boo" (from 'Cinderella')
 
"Supremes Sing Disney" was the idea of, no, not Berry Gordy, Jr., but Diana Ross, who yearned to do a music album for children.  The special project was then started with Diana, Mary Wilson and Florence Ballard in early 1967 as "The Supremes Sing Disney".  The concept was in the tradition of "The Supremes Sing Rodgers & Hart" displaying the worldliness of Motown Records and the true musical diversity of the Girls.  The recording, however, was put 'on hold' for the "Reflections" personnel change Summer of 1967.  The anticipated project resumed in late 1967 with Diana, Mary and Cindy Birdsong.  It was re-titled to "Diana Ross & The Supremes Sing Disney Classics".  Diana Ross is the versatile lead singer on all songs except "Davy Crockett", led by Mary.  Surprisingly, there was no song from "Alice In Wonderland"?  Most surprisingly, Motown Records decided not to release the entire album!  Three words to that decision:  bibbidi bobbidi boo!!!  Interestingly, this showtune project occurred in the heart of the Stonewall Era.  Had the album been released in Autumn 1968 as later planned, the cover photograph would have had to reflect Florence's face photo replaced by Cindy. Thanks to the 'dreams' and 'wishes' -- and the demands -- of the public to Motown Records, this long-savored and unique collection saw a majority of its songs dream-come-true included in the "Diana Ross & The Supremes Never-Before-Released Masters" album.  (Finally, this splendiferous and timeless collection is still rumored and expected to be released as one unit on a compact disc for all to enjoy.)    
 

 

 

   

Diana Ross & The Supremes:  Greatest Hits, Volumes 1 and 2

Supremes 1967 Greatest Hits 1 & 2

  Stunning Supremes Portrait:  Diana Ross, Mary Wilson and Florence Ballard  

This is the colossal tribute compilation for Diana Ross & The Supremes.  It is the first double album greatest hits in history to ever go to #1!  It is also the first and likely the last double album of greatest hits for any girl group.  Featured are all of the popular -- all the #1s and "Top Ten" singles -- from "When The Lovelight Starts Shining Through His Eyes" through "The Happening".  Motown Records thoughtfully and smartly included the most popular flipside songs such as "Ask Any Girl", "Whisper You Love Me Boy", "Everything's Good About You" and "There's No Stopping Us Now" -- all of which more than qualified to be top hit singles on their own.  Significantly, this is their first album with the expanded name of Diana Ross & The Supremes.

  
   


   

The Supremes:  Sing Rodgers & Hart

The Supremes Sing Rodgers & Hart

Pictured above and below (l-2-r):  Florence Ballard, Mary Wilson and Diana Ross

 

The reverse side of "The Supremes Sing Rodgers & Hart" record album
   
     

     

1966

The Supremes:  Sing Holland-Dozier-Holland

Most famous of all The Supremes' photos -- Diana Ross (left), Mary Wilson (center) and Florence Ballard (right) -- comes from this #1 Holland-Dozier-Holland album cover


    

   

The Supremes' 1966 superstar songs at The Stonewall:

* "My World Is Empty Without You" {their song when The Stonewall opened as a Gay club} =b/w= "Everything's Good About You" {with special Stonewall line dance}

* "Love Is Like An Itchin' In My Heart" {#1 R&B} =b/w= "He's All I Got"

* "You Can't Hurry Love" {#1 song} =b/w= "Put Yourself In My Place"

* "You Keep Me Hangin' On" {int'l #1 song} =b/w= "Remove This Doubt (Little Boy)"

 

 Supreme Supremes:  Mary Wilson (profile), Flo Ballard (rear), Diana Ross 

 


     

The Supremes:  A' Go-Go

The Supremes A Go-Go

Dancing above (l-2-r):  Diana Ross, Florence Ballard and Mary Wilson





Supremes white bread

The Supremes Special-Formula White Bread
with the logo, faces and signatures of Florence, Diana and Mary

plus replicas of gold records etched on the outer plastic wrapping.

Made in 1966 by Schafer Bread Co. in Michigan.  It weighed 1.25 pounds.





   

1965

The Supremes:  Merry Christmas

Supremes Merry Christmas

 Santa's Sweet, Sweet, Sweet Singing Girls:  Florence, Diana and Mary

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Supreme Sleigh Ride:  Florence, Diana and Mary


     

The Supremes:  I Hear A Symphony

Supremes I Hear A Symphony

Pensively shown (l-2-r) are lovely and dovey Mary, Florence and Diana

     


  
 
The Supremes:  We Remember Sam Cooke

   
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[The Supremes sing Sam Cooke record album cover sketch drawing will be placed here!]
   

 
 
   
   




All five of The Supremes' single-release records in 1965:

* "Stop! In The Name Of Love" {#1 song, 4th in a row} =b/w= "I'm In Love Again"

* "Back In My Arms Again" {#1 song; their 5th in a row!} =b/w= "Whisper You Love Me Boy"

* "Nothing But Heartaches" =b/w= "He Holds His Own"

* "I Hear A Symphony" {int'l #1 song} =b/w= "Who Could Ever Doubt My Love"

* "Children's Christmas Song" {Xmas single} =b/w= "Twinkle, Twinkle Little Me"

   


 

The Supremes:  At The Copa

Diana Ross And The Supremes At The The Copacabana

Showwomanshiply shown at The Copacabana (l-2-r):  Florence, Mary and Diana 

     


 

The Supremes:  More Hits By The Supremes

 Stop!  No need to describe who's who on this fan's delight album cover....

   



 
The Supremes & Cast:  "Beach Ball" (movie)

Yezzz, The Supremes -- Diana, Mary and Flo -- were even in a movie!!!  "Beach Ball" (1965)!  They performed two catchy and melodic songs:  the very Supremish "Beach Ball", the movie title song, and, incredibly, a cute girl-loves-boy song named "Surfer Boy".  This was the year that The Supremes proved over and over that they could successfully cross over any boundary -- from soul to pop to C&W to the Copa to surfer songs and not to overlook being popular "regulars" on the prime television entertainment venue the Ed Sullivan Show.  In "Beach Ball", the girls were joined in the film by their pop singing boys counterpart Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons.  Also featured in the fun teen-oriented comedy are the blue-eyed soul music duo The Righteous Brothers.  All three of these groups were #1 popular in the legendary Stonewall jukebox -- and throughout the World!      

 


   

The Supremes:  Sing Country, Western & Pop  

   

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["CW&P" album cover]

   

      

  

 

   

1964

The Supremes:  A Bit Of Liverpool

The British Supremes (l-2-r):  Princess Mary, Queen Diana and Lady Flo

     


 

The Supremes start a series of #1 hit songs in 1964:

* "Run, Run, Run" =b/w= "I'm Giving You Your Freedom"

* "Where Did Our Love Go" {int'l #1 song} =b/w= "He Means The World To Me"

* "Baby Love" {int'l #1 song} =b/w= "Ask Any Girl" {#1 fave flipside}

* "Come See About Me" {#1 song} =b/w= "(You're Gone But) Always In My Heart"

                       
                                      

 

The Supremes:  Where Did Our Love Go

Famously pictured are Florence Ballard (top), Mary Wilson (middle) and Diana Ross on their first #1 album -- with six singles, including three #1 million-selling hits and the break-through across-the-board album which elevated Motown Records to worldwide status
   

"WDOLG" single 45 

   
   

   

1963

The Supremes:  Meet The Supremes (Again)

Pictured above (l-2-r):  Florence Ballard, Diana Ross and Mary Wilson
Notes:  This album was re-packaged with a new cover once The Supremes clicked!
"MTS" album has the same title as the original except it was inexplicably lower-cased!

   


 

Early single songs of The Supremes in 1963:

* "My Heart Can't Take It No More" (from "Country & Western" album)

* "A Breath-Taking, First-Sight Soul-Shaking, One-Night
Love-Making, Next Day Heart-Breaking Guy" (the longest
title of a Rock 'n' Roll 'n' Soul song in music history) 

* "When The Lovelight Starts Shining Through His Eyes" [w/ background vocals by The Four Tops] =b/w= "I'm Standing At The Crossroads Of Love"

   

  

1962

The Supremes:  Meet The Supremes

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filename:  Diana-Ross_Supremes_Meet

Very early records of The Supremes on Motown Records in 1962:

* "Your Heart Belongs To Me"

* "Let Me Go The Right Way"

   
 

     

1961


"I Want A Guy" single 45

   


         

  Songs by The Supremes on Motown-owned Tamla Records in 1961:

* "I Want A Guy"

* "Buttered Popcorn" [lead: Florence Ballard] {the only single song that Flo sang lead}
=b/w= "Who's Lovin' You" [lead: supremely young and girlish Diana Ross] 

     

   
1960

The Supemes' 1960 non-Motown singles as by The Primettes:

* "Tears Of Sorrow"

* "The Boy That Got Away"

 

 

Diana Ross is the lead singer on all -- about 40 -- single-released records 
 by The Supremes during the entire 1960s except for the one record noted.  


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All information derived from the S.V.A. files on the "Songs of The Stonewall", specifically referring herein to the 1960s Diana Ross & The Supremes and/or the 1970s Supremes, must be credited and with the website address -- www.STONEWALLvets.org -- to: 

STONEWALL Veterans' Association
Williamson L. Henderson, Director
www.STONEWALLvets.org/WilliamsonHenderson.htm

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To contact the S.V.A. via e-mail:
SVA@STONEWALLvets.org

   

 

 * * * * * The Supremes 52nd Anniversary * * * * *


Flo           *           Mary          *           Diana

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The Supremes' Birthdays and Birthplaces
{in order of born-first}

December 15:  Cynthia "Cindy" Birdsong (Philadelphia)
June 30:  Florence "Flo" Ballard (Detroit)
March 6:  Mary Wilson (Mississippi)
March 26:  Diana Ross (Detroit)
November 14:  Scherrie Payne (Detroit)
January 24:  Jean Terrell (Mississippi)
February 20:  Lynda Laurence (Philadelphia)
September 13:  Susaye Greene (Los Angeles)

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Key Guide  
 All Supremes record album titles are highlighted in red.
 There are 60 DRS red titles!  All are U.S.A. with Motown.
  And, the Supes-related Florence Ballard solo album on RCA. 

Yearly Supremes single record listings are headlined in green.



 





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26 March
2014

Diana Ross's Birthday

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50th Anniversary of The Supremes' Song
:
"Run, Run, Run
"
~1964~

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==2013:  44th Celebration of the Stonewall Rebellion==

[Friday night, June 27 ~through~ Thursday evening, July 3, 1969]

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Visit the SVA's post-Stonewall solo Diana Ross songs (1970 to 2007) at:
www.STONEWALLvets.org/DianaRoss.htm


 
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