Mary Wilson, one of the founding members of The Supremes has passed away at the age of 76.
The Supremes are the group that was crucial in breaking the color barrier in the music history.
Jay Swchartz, who is Mary’s publicist announced her death. He told the press that Wilson died in her home in Henderson, Nevada but did not reveal the cause of death.
During the 60’s The Supremes hit with a number of songs that topped the charts. The songs started with “Where Did Our Love Go,” and then “Baby Love,” Stop in the Name of Love,” “You Can’t Hurry Love,” “Reflections,” “I Hear a Symphony,” “Love Child,” “Someday We’ll Be Together,” and many, many more.
They still to this day remain the number 1 female recording group of all time, since the 60’s when they hit #1 with 12 singles when they were the most successful in Motown.
Mary, as well as Florence Ballard and Diana Ross grew up in Brewster Project in Detroit. The group was formed when they were in high school and were signed by Motown Records
Barry Gordy told them to finish high school and then return and so they did. He saw something in The Supremes and decided they would be the ones to take the clubs that didn’t traditionally cater to white audiences such as the Copacabana in New York.
The group is also largely known for helping move the ball in th civil rights movement in the 60s.
They became Diana Ross and The Supremes and that caused friction between Ross and Wilson.
In 1970, Diana Ross left the group and was replaced by Jean Terrell. This caused people to believe that the end of The Supremes was near.
But they were very wrong, since The Supremes followed up with numbers of hits such as
“Up the Ladder to the Roof,” “Stoned Love,” “Nathan Jones,” “Everybody’s Got the Right to Love,” “Floy Joy,” and more.
The group parted ways in 1977, and when talks of reunions were made Diana Ross was not open to it.
After the group’s parting, Mary Wilson performed as a solo artist, as well as she became a motivational speaker and an author. When news of Mary’s passing came to light, Barry Gordon stated that “The Supremes were always known as the ‘sweethearts of Motown’ … I 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.”
Mary Wilson who died at the age of 76 is survived by daughter Turkessa, son Pedro Antonio, Jr and her grandchildren.
Rest in Peace Mary Wilson.
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