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The Supremes News

Supremes costumes to go on display

London museum will showcase costumes worn by the band

  • May 6, 2008

'Fake band' law hits Las Vegas

Bands must be called 'tribute' acts

  • Jun 1, 2007

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The Supremes Music Videos

Garrick Davis-Redhouse Play Video

Garrick Davis-Redhouse

Nothin' but the Blues. Watch the official Garrick Davis-Redhouse video by Garrick Davis/The Fabulous Funkyband in HD on WWW.MUZU.TV and check out the latest new music releases and playlists for free.

Silent Night [2012 Sony Remaster] Play Video

Silent Night [2012 Sony Remaster]

Watch the official Silent Night [2012 Sony Remaster] video by Phil Spector;Bob B. Soxx and The Blue Jeans;Darlene Love;The Crystals;The Ronettes in HD on WWW.MUZU.TV and check out the latest new music releases and...

Silent Night Play Video

Silent Night

Watch the official Silent Night video by Phil Spector;Bob B. Soxx and The Blue Jeans;Darlene Love;The Crystals;The Ronettes in HD on WWW.MUZU.TV and check out the latest new music releases and playlists for free.

"Keep Pretending" Play Video

"Keep Pretending"

On-The-Go "Keep Pretending". Watch the official "Keep Pretending" video by On-The-Go in HD on WWW.MUZU.TV and check out the latest new music releases and playlists for free.

To the King Play Video

To the King

From the EP 'Divine Intervention' available on http://www.cdrun.re Riddim by Jah Ova Evil Records ©2013 under license to CD Run - ReggaeRiddimBox : (Re)discover the best of the reggae / ragga music. ReggaeRiddimBox...

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The Supremes Biography

The Supremes were an American female singing group and the premier act of Motown Records during the 1960s. Founded as the Primettes in Detroit, Michigan, in 1959, the Supremes were the most commercially successful of Motown's acts and are, to date, America's most successful vocal group with 12 number one singles on the Billboard Hot 100. Most of these hits were written and produced by Motown's main songwriting and production team, Holland-Dozier-Holland. At their peak in the mid-1960s, the Supremes rivaled the Beatles in worldwide popularity, and their success made it possible for future African American R&B and soul musicians to find mainstream success.

Founding members Florence Ballard, Mary Wilson, Diana Ross, and Betty McGlown, all from the Brewster-Douglass public housing project in Detroit, formed the Primettes as the sister act to the Primes (with Paul Williams and Eddie Kendricks, who went on to form the Temptations). Barbara Martin replaced McGlown in 1960, and the group signed with Motown the following year as the Supremes. Martin left the act in early 1962, and Ross, Ballard, and Wilson carried on as a trio.

During the mid-1960s, the Supremes achieved mainstream success with Ross as lead singer. In 1967, Motown president Berry Gordy renamed the group Diana Ross & the Supremes, and replaced Ballard with Cindy Birdsong. Ross left to pursue a solo career in 1970 and was replaced by Jean Terrell, at which point the group's name reverted to the Supremes. After 1972, the lineup changed more frequently; Lynda Laurence, Scherrie Payne, and Susaye Greene all became members of the group during the mid-1970s. The Supremes disbanded in 1977 after an 18-year run.

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