The Supremes (60s/70s Motown singing group)

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Preceded by The Primettes.

On June 28, 1967 went on as Diana Ross & The Supremes, with Florence Ballard replaced by Cindy Birdsong. On January 14, 1970 Diana Ross left the group and the name became The Supremes again.

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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 it is said that 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 18 years.

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1963 Meet the Supremes The Supremes 3 3
1964 Where Did Our Love Go The Supremes 4
1964 A Bit of Liverpool The Supremes 2
1965 Sing Country Western & Pop The Supremes 2
1965 We Remember Sam Cooke The Supremes 2
1965 More Hits by the Supremes The Supremes 3
1965 Merry Christmas The Supremes 5
1966 I Hear a Symphony The Supremes 5 3
1966 The Supremes A' Go-Go The Supremes 2
1967 The Supremes Sing Holland-Dozier-Holland The Supremes 4
1967 Sing Rodgers & Hart The Supremes 2
1970 Right On The Supremes 1
1970 The Magnificent 7 The Supremes & Four Tops 2
1970 New Ways but Love Stays The Supremes 2
1971 The Return of the Magnificent Seven The Supremes & Four Tops 1
1971 Touch The Supremes 1
1972 Floy Joy The Supremes 1
1972 Produced & Arranged by Jimmy Webb The Supremes 1
1972 Dynamite The Supremes & Four Tops 1
1975 The Supremes (1975 album) The Supremes 1
1976 High Energy The Supremes 1
1976 Mary, Scherrie & Susaye The Supremes 1
1998 Sing Motown The Supremes 1
2004 There's a Place for Us The Supremes 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1978 At Their Best The Supremes 1
1986 More Hits by The Supremes / The Supremes Sing Holland-Dozier-Holland The Supremes 2
1988 The Rock 'n' Roll Era: The Supremes: 1963-1969 The Supremes 1
1990 Het beste van The Supremes 1
1991 Best Of The Supremes & Four Tops 1
1993 The Supremes - Baby Love The Supremes 1
1995 Motown Legends: Stoned Love The Supremes 1
1995 Sounds Like... The Supremes 1
1995 With Love (From Us to You) The Supremes 1
1996 Master Series The Supremes 1
1999 Greatest Hits The Supremes 1
2000 The Supremes The Supremes 1
2000 A Bit of Liverpool / T.C.B. The Supremes 1
2000 Love Child / The Supremes A' Go-Go The Supremes 1
2000 Where Did Our Love Go / I Hear a Symphony The Supremes 1
2002 The 70's Anthology The Supremes 1
2002 The Best of the Supremes The Supremes 1
2003 20th Century Masters: The Christmas Collection: The Best of The Supremes The Supremes 1
2005 Gold The Supremes 2
2006 This Is the Story: The '70s Albums, Volume 1: 1970-1973, the Jean Terrell Years The Supremes 1
2008 Playlist + Plus The Supremes 1
2008 The Supremes: The Complete Collection The Supremes 1
2009 Magnificent: The Complete Studio Duets The Supremes & Four Tops 1
2011 Let Yourself Go: The '70s Albums, Volume 2: 1974-1977, the Final Sessions The Supremes 1
2012 Baby Love: The Collection The Supremes 1
2013 A Date with the Supremes The Supremes 1

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