April 9, 2020
There was trouble in paradise.
The Supremes were about to become Diana Ross and The Supremes. Cindy Birdsong was getting ready to replace original Supreme Florence Ballad.
Despite everything that was percolating under the surface, musically the Supremes kept on rolling.
“Love Is Here And Now You’re Gone” topped the American Music Charts the week of March 11, 1967.
October 5, 2015
The Supremes made music history on March 27, 1965, when they became the first group to have four number one hits in a row.
“Stop In The Name Of Love” was recorded January 5th and entered the Pop Chart February 20th. Five weeks later it reached the top of the charts for a two week stay.
The question was, could they make it five in a row. Stay tuned.
April 23, 2015
It took the Supremes several years and a number of failed singles before they became successful. “Where Did Our Love Go” hit the top of the charts August 22, 1964. Two months later, on October 31, 1964, they reached number one again with “Baby Love,” where it remained for four weeks.
Their second number one hit established Diana Ross, Florence Ballard, and Mary Wilson as one of the top vocal groups in the United States. They may not have known it at the time but the best was yet to come.
October 9, 2012
Marvin Gaye sang duets with the likes of Diana Ross, Mary Wells, and Kim Weston but none could hold a candle to his work with Tammi Terrell. She remains one of the great “what might have beens” of soul music. She and Gaye placed 11 songs on the BILLBOARD MAGAZINE Pop Singles Chart but in 1970, at the age of 24, she passed away from brain cancer.
Their version of “Ain’t No Mountain High Enopugh” was far differewnt than the one Diana Ross took to number one. Gaye and Terrell were able to prod and coax each other as they brought passion to the lyrics and music.
Released during the early spring of 1967, it peaked at number 19 on the Pop Chart during its 12 week stay. Any compilation album of their material is worth owning.
February 16, 2012
“Where Did Our Love Go” is the song that made The Supremes superstars. They has had five singles make the American singles charts but the highest charting had been “When The Lovelight Starts Shining Through His Eyes,” which reached number 23.
“Where Did Our Love Go” was released during the summer of 1964 and spent two weeks on top of the BILLBOARD MAGAZINE Pop Singles Chart. It was the first of five straight number one single releases.
January 22, 2012
The Supremes were on a roll from mid-1964 to mid-1965 with five number one singles in a row. Diana Ross, Florence Ballard, and Mary Wilson sat near the top of the music world.
They released “Nothing But Heartaches” July 31, 1965. It was an up-tempo and smooth pop song, which was similar to their past hits. The music industry can be funny at times as it only reached number 11 on the BILLBOARD MAGAZINE Pop Singles Chart. Their next release, “I Hear A Symphony,” would return them to the top of the charts.
The Supremes remain one of the most successful pop groups in history with 47 chart singles and 12 reaching number one.
September 3, 2011
The Supremes were a hit making machine for the Motown Label. Diana Ross, Mary Wilson, Florence Ballad, (replaced by Cindy Birdsong), charted 12 number one hits between 1964-1969. All in all they charted 47 singles between 1962-1976. They were inducted into THE ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAME during 1988.
One of their memorable hits was “You Can’t Hurry Love.” Released August 13, 1966, it topped the BILLBOARD MAGAZINE Pop Singles Chart for two weeks.
It was a catchy up-tempo pop song that remained in your mind. It was representative of most of their big hits. The Supremes place in music history is secure as one the the greatest pop groups of the 1960s.