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The Supremes

The most successful American performers of the 1960s, the Supremes for a time rivaled even the Beatles in terms of red-hot commercial appeal, reeling off five number one singles in a row at one point. Critical revisionism has tended to undervalue the Supremes' accomplishments, categorizing their work as more lightweight than the best soul stars (or even the best Motown stars), and viewing them as a tool for Berry Gordy's crossover aspirations. There's no question that there was about as much pop as soul in the Supremes' hits, that even some of their biggest hits could sound formulaic, and that they were probably the black performers who were most successful at infiltrating the tastes and televisions of middle America. This shouldn't diminish either their extraordinary achievements or their fine music, the best of which renders the pop vs. soul question moot with its excellence.

The Supremes were not an overnight success story, although it might have seemed that way when they began topping the charts with sure-fire regularity. The trio that would become famous as the Supremes -- Diana Ross, Mary Wilson, and Florence Ballard -- met in the late '50s in Detroit's Brewster housing project. Originally known as the Primettes, they were a quartet (Barbara Martin was the fourth member) when they made their first single for the Lupine label in 1960. By the time they debuted for Motown in 1961, they had been renamed the Supremes; Barbara Martin reduced them to a trio when she left after their first single.

The Supremes' first Motown recordings were much more girl group-oriented than their later hits. Additionally, not all of them featured Diana Ross on lead vocals; Flo Ballard, considered to have as good or better a voice, also sang lead. Through a lengthy series of flops, Berry Gordy remained confident that the group would eventually prove to be one of Motown's biggest. By the time they finally did get their first Top 40 hit, "When the Lovelight Starts Shining Through His Eyes," in late 1963, Ross had taken over the lead singing for good.

Ross was not the most talented female singer at Motown; Martha Reeves and Gladys Knight in particular had superior talents. What she did have, however, was the most purely pop appeal. Gordy's patience and attention paid off in mid-1964, when "Where Did Our Love Go" went to number one. Written by Holland-Dozier-Holland, it established the prototype for their run of five consecutive number-one hits in 1964-1965 (also including "Baby Love," "Stop! In the Name of Love," "Come See About Me," and "Back in My Arms Again"). Ross' cooing vocals would front the Supremes' decorative backup vocals, put over on television and live performance with highly stylized choreography and visual style. Holland-Dozier-Holland would write and produce all of the Supremes' hits through the end of 1967.

Not all of the Supremes' singles went to number one after 1965, but they usually did awfully well, and were written and produced with enough variety (but enough of a characteristic sound) to ensure continual interest. The chart-topping (and uncharacteristically tough) "You Keep Me Hangin' On" was the best of their mid-period hits. Behind the scenes, there were some problems brewing, although these only came to light long after the event. Other Motown stars (most notably Martha Reeves) resented what they perceived as the inordinate attention lavished upon Ross by Gordy, at the expense of other artists on the label. The other Supremes themselves felt increasingly pushed to the background. In mid-1967, as a result of what was deemed increasingly unprofessional behavior, Ballard was replaced by Cindy Birdsong (from Patti LaBelle & the Bluebelles). Ballard become one of rock's greatest tragedies, eventually ending up on welfare, and dying in 1976.

After Ballard's exit, the group would be billed as Diana Ross & the Supremes, fueling speculation that Ross was being groomed for a solo career. The Supremes had a big year in 1967, even incorporating some mild psychedelic influences into "Reflections." Holland-Dozier-Holland, however, left Motown around this time, and the quality of the Supremes' records suffered accordingly (as did the Motown organization as a whole). The Supremes were still superstars, but as a unit, they were disintegrating; it's been reported that Wilson and Birdsong didn't even sing on their final hits, a couple of which ("Love Child" and "Someday We'll Be Together") were among their best.

In November 1969, Ross' imminent departure for a solo career was announced, although she played a few more dates with them, the last in Las Vegas in January 1970. Jean Terrell replaced Ross, and the group continued through 1977, with some more personnel changes (although Mary Wilson was always involved). Some of the early Ross-less singles were fine records, particularly "Stoned Love," "Nathan Jones," and the Supremes-Four Tops duet "River Deep -- Mountain High." Few groups have been able to rise to the occasion after the loss of their figurehead, though, and the Supremes proved no exception, rarely making the charts after 1972. It is the Diana Ross-led era of the 1960s for which they'll be remembered. ~ Richie Unterberger, Rovi
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Track List: Let Yourself Go: The '70s Albums, Vol. 2: 1974-1977 - The Final Sessions

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Track List: Supreme Rarities: Let The Music Play

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Track List: The Jean Terrell Years (1970-1973)

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Track List: I Hear A Symphony

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Track List: At The Copa: Expanded Edition

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monid22
Love this song!!! ♡♡♡♡
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I listen to this while building my business website bol-deals.co m
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One of the greatest groups from Motown! I love this song!
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Love the song baby love
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Yesss
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The Greatest
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artist685
Love Ain't No Mountain High Enough..... The long version. Love you Diana!
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Great
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Can't hurry love
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THIS IS MY JAM!
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35 cent 45RPM's from Woolworth's as soon as a new Supremes song came out on the radio. I loved them. Everyone thought Diana would fail in a solo career, but she did it. And she truly deserved the Oscar for Lady Sings the Blues.
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Cool��
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I first heard this song from the Jackson5 and I love it
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Love The Supremes From Yesteryear .
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FOR J ANGELO LOPEZ, MISS YOU KID!!
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They were one of the ones who talk me sing wonderful.
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I love this Windows and this man
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Love. Mary. And. Cindy. Can't. Stand. D. Ross Selfish. Woman. R.I.P. Florence
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Me my love how I need u ,,, so deep in love with u...love this song
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The supremes
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rickerat
The best female artists in the world!
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Down memory lane with Motown!
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Love there music!!<3
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Love ittttt
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They are so pretty... I feel really freaking ugly now...
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I wrote a few songs for the Supremes.... n o , no I didn't.
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Cooley high lol
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MAGNIFICHE !!!!!!!!!!!
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I LOVE THE WHOLE MOTOWN CREW. I AM 62 YEARS OLD. SO THESE SONGS BRK.
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I just love this pandora. I listen to it for hours so memories in the songs and artist I choose.Many memories of my late husband.
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I think that Someday We'll be Together is one of the all time greatest songs ever written!
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Love the Supremes
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Soooo true. Will i ever learn
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MAGNIFIQUE !!!!!!!!!!!! ! ! ! ! !
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Love The Supremes Always Charles Joseph
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Love the Supremes and always will
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Love the oldies ... their so much fun;)
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always loved the SUPREMES from the beginning
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Love it
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Loved her concert
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Love you Ms.Ross forever
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For: leokvang
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I love that diana ross was the founder of Michael Jackson
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Sue and Shirley's favorites.
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This song puts the Supremes on the MAP.
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<3 where did our love go <3
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It was a crime what Diana Ross did to Flo Balard
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Because I prefer to group The Beatles under the rock and roll genre, The Supremes are, in my opinion, the pinnacle of Western pop music. No other artist compares to their catalog of hits. I could care less if they wrote their own music or not. Ultimately, the finished product has never been matched since.
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My Song!!!
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Cuz..the man I love is a romeo
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