Black Entertainment : R.I.P. MARY WILSON

Kemetstry

going above and beyond
PREMIUM MEMBER
Feb 19, 2001
28,613
8,133
Detroit
Occupation
Chemist
Music legend Mary Wilson of the groundbreaking Motown group The Supremes has passed at age 76. A vivacious, classy, kind & funny woman, Mary became a solo artist after The Supremes. The group was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1988.
1f64f_1f3fd.png

#MaryWilson #TheSupremes
May be an image of 1 person, standing, footwear and text that says 'MARY WILSON -THE SUPREMES 1944 -2021 In Memoniam'





.
 

Kemetstry

going above and beyond
PREMIUM MEMBER
Feb 19, 2001
28,613
8,133
Detroit
Occupation
Chemist

Mary Wilson, co-founder of the Supremes, dies aged 76

Singer with Motown band whose hits included Where Did Our Love Go? dies in Las Vegas
Laura Snapes



Mary Wilson
Mary Wilson, who with Diana Ross and Florence Ballard, made up the first successful configuration of the Supremes. Photograph: Graham Whitby Boot/Allstar

Mary Wilson, the co-founder of the Motown band the Supremes, has died age 76. Wilson’s publicist said she died suddenly at her Las Vegas home. No cause of death was given.
The Motown founder, Berry Gordy, said he was “extremely shocked and saddened to hear of the passing of a major member of the Motown family”.
“The Supremes were always known as the ‘sweethearts of Motown’.’ Mary, along with Diana Ross and Florence Ballard, came to Motown in the early 1960s. After an unprecedented string of No 1 hits, television and nightclub bookings, they opened doors for themselves, the other Motown acts, and many, many others.”
Musicians including Questlove and Kiss’s Paul Stanley paid tribute to Wilson. Stanley tweeted: “I was just on a Zoom call with her Wednesday for about an hour and never could have imagined this. So full of life and great stories. Absolutely shocked. Rest in Supreme peace, Mary.”

Wilson was born in Greenville, Mississippi, on 6 March 1944. Her family moved to Chicago and later Detroit. At primary school in Detroit, Wilson met Florence Ballard while singing in a school talent show.
In 1958, Ballard recruited Wilson and Diana Ross to form the Primettes. The group performed covers at local events and made a name for themselves locally. Aspiring to sign to Motown, Ross asked her former neighbour, Smokey Robinson, to get them an audition with Gordy.
Undeterred by Gordy deeming them too young to sign, the trio made themselves a regular presence around his Hitsville USA studio until he allowed them to make guest appearances on records by other artists. “It really was like walking into a Disneyland,” Wilson told the Observer of the Motown studio. “All these creative people.”
In January 1961, Gordy signed the group under the proviso that they change their name. At first they failed to make an impression on the charts but in 1964 their version of Holland-Dozier-Holland’s Where Did Our Love Go topped the US charts and reached No 3 in the UK.
Diana Ross, Mary Wilson and Florence Ballard on the Thank Your Lucky Stars’ TV show in the 1960s
FacebookTwitterPinterest
Diana Ross, Mary Wilson and Florence Ballard on the Thank Your Lucky Stars’ TV show in the 1960s. Photograph: Fremantle Media/Rex/Shutterstock
It was the beginning of an international chart streak that included Baby Love, Stop! In the Name of Love and You Can’t Hurry Love. The trio also became known for their glamorous attire, and in 1966, their album Supremes A’ Go-Go became the first record by an all-woman group to top the US album charts, knocking the Beatles’ Revolver off the No 1 spot.

The group broke down by the end of the decade as Gordy primed Ross for solo success and Ballard experienced depression and alcoholism: she died of a heart attack in 1976. “What hurts me is that some people say: ‘One of the Supremes was an alcoholic.’ Flo drank to cover the pain,” Wilson told the Observer, referring to the sexual abuse that Ballard suffered as a child. “She only become an alcoholic because of that.
Wilson was the only consistent member of the group until their demise in 1977. After a legal battle with Motown, Wilson re-signed with the label as a solo artist, to middling success. She found herself on top again in 1986 when her memoir, Dreamgirl: My Life as a Supreme, broke sales records. She also enjoyed success in musical theatre. Protracted business negotiations left Wilson out of a Supremes reunion planned for 2000, which was ultimately cancelled owing to low sales.
Wilson later became an inspirational speaker, an advocate for musicians’ rights, creator of a touring exhibition of the Supremes’ famous gowns, and in 2019 appeared on US series Dancing with the Stars.
She had been planning to release solo material, including her unreleased 1970s album Red Hot recorded with producer Gus Dudgeon. In a video uploaded to YouTube two days before her death, she expressed her wish that some of her recordings would be released by her birthday on 6 March.
Mary Wilson performs on stage
FacebookTwitterPinterest
Mary Wilson performs on stage. Photograph: Theo Wargo/WireImage
Wilson married Pedro Ferrer in 1974. They were divorced in 1981. They had three children: their youngest, Rafael, died in a car accident in 1994, in which Wilson was injured.
“I think you’re lucky if you don’t get that kind of loss in your life,” she told the Observer. “You can lose a job, you can lose a love, but the loss of a child, and the loss of a dear friend, can be very detrimental. It helped me grow up and I don’t mean in a good way. It made me see that life can be very cruel to someone you love.” She was also adoptive mother to her cousin, Willie.
Gordy said he was “always proud of Mary. She was quite a star in her own right and over the years continued to work hard to boost the legacy of the Supremes. Mary Wilson was extremely special to me. She was a trailblazer, a diva and will be deeply missed.”



.
 

Create an account or login to comment

You must be a member in order to leave a comment

Create account

Create an account on our community. It's easy!

Log in

Already have an account? Log in here.

Thread starter Similar threads Forum Replies Date
Fine1952 Black Entertainment : Mary Wilson, a founding member of 'The Supremes,' has died @ 76... Black Entertainment 7
G Black People : Mary L Trump on President "Love That Goya" Trump Black People Open Forum 0
SkinTone Black Men : 2020 Mary Jane Health & Wellness festival in Peoria Illinois. Black Men 0
Clyde C Coger Jr Black Entertainment : Mary J. Blige Celebrated Her 48th Birthday With A Bikini Picture Black Entertainment 0
Clyde C Coger Jr Black Entertainment : ‘Mary Queen of Scots’ Fact Check: Was Queen Elizabeth’s Ambassador Actually Black? Black Entertainment 0
jamesfrmphilly Black People Politics : mary-pat-hector-19-runs for-city-council-georgia Black People Politics 0
Kemetstry Black Entertainment : MARY J. BLIGE AND KENDU ARE DIVORCING! Black Entertainment 11
AACOOLDRE Brother AACOOLDRE : Virgo the Virgin and Isis and mary AACOOLDRE 0
AACOOLDRE Brother AACOOLDRE : MARY & GODDESS ISIS: The pretender and the Contender #4 AACOOLDRE 0
AACOOLDRE Brother AACOOLDRE : Mary & Tefnut Kiss the feet of Osiris & Jesus AACOOLDRE 0
frankster Black People : Too Black Too Strong.... "stage coach (black) mary" FIELDS Black People Open Forum 0
AACOOLDRE Brother AACOOLDRE : Mary: the mother , the sister, Wife of Jesus AACOOLDRE 0
AACOOLDRE Brother AACOOLDRE : Mary the Virgin: Bogus as Bogoas the eunuch AACOOLDRE 0
AACOOLDRE Brother AACOOLDRE : Mary magdalene: Flower of Tower AACOOLDRE 0
AACOOLDRE Black Poetry : Starving mary Black Poetry - Get Your Flow On! 0
MS234 Black Entertainment : Method Man ft. Mary J Blige - You're all I need Black Entertainment 1
jamesfrmphilly Black Spirituality Religion : Mary Mary: ‘Christians can be saved and sexual’ Black Spirituality / Religion - General Discussion 28
CosmicMessenger Audio Video Web Conferencing : John Coltrane - Cousin Mary Audio Video Web Conferencing 0
CosmicMessenger Audio Video Web Conferencing : Mary J. Blige - Everything Audio Video Web Conferencing 0
AACOOLDRE Brother AACOOLDRE : MARY HOUSE OF HYSSOP & MARY OF NT AACOOLDRE 1
MsInterpret Audio Video Web Conferencing : Mary J. Blige - I'm Goin' Down Audio Video Web Conferencing 0
MsInterpret Audio Video Web Conferencing : Wyclef Jean featuring Mary J. Blige - 911 ft. Mary J. Blige Audio Video Web Conferencing 0
MsInterpret Audio Video Web Conferencing : Mary J. Blige - It's A Wrap Audio Video Web Conferencing 0
RAPTOR Ghana : Gil Noble - Like It Is: Interview Clarke, Smalls and Mary Hoover on their trip to Ghana Ghana 1
cherryblossom Black People : Mary J. Blige Apology for Burger King Commercial Black People Open Forum 10
Clyde C Coger Jr Audio Video Web Conferencing : Mary Mary - Go Get It Audio Video Web Conferencing 4
info-moetry Audio Video Web Conferencing : Mary J. Blidge feat. Lauryn Hill - All that i can say Audio Video Web Conferencing 0
info-moetry Audio Video Web Conferencing : Mary J. Blidge - Your Child Live Audio Video Web Conferencing 0
noor100 Black Muslims : Mary and Prophet Jesus [AS] [in the Qur'an] Islam Study Group 0
AACOOLDRE Brother AACOOLDRE : Mary: Star of the Sea AACOOLDRE 0
MsInterpret Audio Video Web Conferencing : destee.tv : Ghostface Killah feat. Mary J. Blige - All That I Got is You Audio Video Web Conferencing 0
skuderjaymes Black People : BLACK ATHENA: Dr. Clarke & Prof. Martin Bernal debate prof. Mary Leftkowitz and Prof. Guy Rogers. Black People Open Forum 4
RAPTOR Black Spirituality Religion : Protestant and catholic debate on Mary Black Spirituality / Religion - General Discussion 26
info-moetry Audio Video Web Conferencing : Mary J. Feat. Meth - All I Need Audio Video Web Conferencing 1
MsInterpret Audio Video Web Conferencing : destee.tv : Mary J. Blige - Take Me As I Am Audio Video Web Conferencing 2
MsInterpret Audio Video Web Conferencing : destee.tv : Mary J Blige - Share My World Audio Video Web Conferencing 2
MsInterpret Audio Video Web Conferencing : destee.tv : Mary J. Blige - Be Without You Audio Video Web Conferencing 0
MsInterpret Audio Video Web Conferencing : destee.tv : Hail Mary - 2Pac - Makaveli Audio Video Web Conferencing 0
MsInterpret Audio Video Web Conferencing : destee.tv : Case ft. Mary J. Blige & Foxy Brown- Touch Me, Tease Me Audio Video Web Conferencing 0
info-moetry Audio Video Web Conferencing : Mary J. Blige - your Child Audio Video Web Conferencing 1
MsInterpret Audio Video Web Conferencing : destee.tv : Mary J. Blige - Not Gon' Cry Audio Video Web Conferencing 1
info-moetry Audio Video Web Conferencing : Jaheim ft. Mary J. - Beauty & a Thug Audio Video Web Conferencing 0
MsInterpret Audio Video Web Conferencing : destee.tv : Musiq Soulchild - ifuleave feat. Mary J. Blige Audio Video Web Conferencing 0
MsInterpret Audio Video Web Conferencing : destee.tv : Rick James - Mary Jane Audio Video Web Conferencing 0
MsInterpret Audio Video Web Conferencing : destee.tv : Method Man feat. Mary J. Blige - I'll Be There For You/You're All I Need To Get By Audio Video Web Conferencing 0
MsInterpret Audio Video Web Conferencing : destee.tv : Mary J. Blige - Seven Days ft. George Benson Audio Video Web Conferencing 0
MsInterpret Black Entertainment : Mary Jane Girls Black Entertainment 4
AACOOLDRE Brother AACOOLDRE : Mary's Age when she gave birth AACOOLDRE 3
AACOOLDRE Brother AACOOLDRE : How Mary became a virgin AACOOLDRE 0
noor100 Black Ancestors : Mary McLeod Bethune Honoring Black Ancestors 0
Similar threads


















































Latest profile posts

Cheryl Fitts wrote on Destee's profile.
I am looking for participants in a study to share their experiences as former African American males served as ED/EBD/BD in the southeast. Participants ages 18-35 will be interviewed and given the opportunity to express their thoughts, feelings and impressions of their school years. If interested or for more information please contact me directly. Thanks, Cheryl
Cheryl Fitts wrote on Destee's profile.
Thank you for the welcome. I have a question. I am a doctorate student in need of participants for my study. Is it allowable to post a request for study participants. If so, this is the post that would be uploaded:
Let's us all remember in 2021 to protect our energy and to do the best we can to grow and evolve.
Queen Destee im back still showing lo e after what 20+ yrs? You know always stop through from time to time
Destee wrote on rhymebad's profile.
@rhymebad ... i love you ... :love: ... what was going wrong about polls and being blocked and stuff?
Top