Do you know about the singing quartet, “The Primettes?” No? Perhaps you know this group as the original trio called The Supremes. On January 15, 1961, Motown producer Barry Gordy renamed the group “The Supremes,” they dropped one artist and went on to have 10 number one hits from 1964 to 1969. At the beginning, the three singers alternated being the lead singer, depending on the song.
In 1966, this lesser known song, “Everything’s Good About You,” was recorded. This clip is paired with some candid photos of the original group: Mary Wilson, Florence Ballard and Diana Ross.
According to Mary Wilson’s current Web site, “The year 1967 was pivotal for the group. Mr. Gordy renamed them “Diana Ross and the Supremes”, Ms. Ballard left the group and was replaced by Cindy Birdsong. January 1970 Diana Ross performed for the last time with The Supremes before pursuing a solo career. Ross’ departure left Ms. Wilson as the only original member of the Supremes.” http://marywilson.com/
Mary Wilson will perform solo this week in San Francisco’s Venetian Room at the Fairmont Hotel for Bay Area Cabaret – www.bayareacabaret.org. This nonprofit performing arts group promotes cabaret-style performances. Check out the 2012-2013 series of performances, including the November date for song-and-dance-man Tommy Tune. He tapped his way through 1969’s film “Hello Dolly.”
At age 68, Mary Wilson continues her singing career and is committed to many charities. Florence Ballard died in February 1976 at the age of 32. And Diana Ross, also age 68 and a grandmother, continues to perform.