The Supremes
The Supremes is an American female singing group during the 1960s. They are also known as The Primettes or Diana Ross & the Supremes.
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Originally founded as The Primettes, The Supremes repertoire included doo-wop, soul, pop, Broadway show tune, psychedelic soul and disco. They were most commercially sucessfull Mowtown Record's acts and are, to date, America's most successful vocal group with 12 number one singles on the Billboard Hot 100. The Supremes rivalled The Beatles in worldwide popularity, and their success made it posible for future African-American R&B.

Founding members Florence Ballard, Mary WIlson, Diana Ross and Betty McGlown formed as sister act to the Primes (with Paul Williams and Eddie Kendricks). Barbara Martin replaced McGlown in the 1960s and the group signed with Mowtown Records the following year as The Supremes. Martin left the act in early 1962, and Diana Ross, Florence Ballard and Mary Wilson carried on as a trio.

During the mid -1960s The supremes achieved mainstream success with Diana Ross with lead singer. So they renamed their band to Diana Ross & the Supremes and Florence Ballard was replaced with Cindy Birdsong. By 1965, The Supremes were international stars. They toured the world, becoming almost as popular abroad as they were in the US. Almost immediately after their initial number-one hits, they recorded songs for motion pictures soundtracks, appeared in the 1965 film Beach Ball, and endorsed dozens of products, at one point having their own brand of bread. By the end of 1966, their number-one hits included, 'I Hear a Symphony', 'You Can't Hurry Love' and ' You Keep Me Hangin' On'. That year the group also released 'The Supremes A Go-Go', which became the first album by an all-female group to reach number one on the US Billbroad 200, knocking The Beatles 'Revolver' out of top spot.

The Supremes became the first black female performers of the rock era to embrace a more feminine image. Much of this was accomplished at the behest of Motown chief Berry Gordy and Maxine Powell, who ran Motown's in-house finishing school and Artist Development department. Unlike many of her contemporaries, Ross sang in a thin, calm voice, and her vocal styling was matched by having all three women embellish their femininity instead of imitate the qualities of male groups. Eschewing plain appearances and basic dance routines, The Supremes appeared onstage in detailed make-up and high-fashion gowns and wigs, and performed graceful choreography created by Motown choreographer Cholly Atkins. Powell told the group to "be prepared to perform before kings and queens." Gordy wanted The Supremes, like all of his performers, to be equally appealing to black and white audiences, and he sought to erase the image of black performers as being unrefined or lacking class
n 1970 Diana Ross left the band to pursue a solo career and was replaced by Jean Terell. After Diana Ross left, the band reverted their name back to The Supremes. After 1962,the lineup changed more frequently, Lynda Lawrence, Scherrie Payne and Susayne Greene all became members of the band. In 1977 The Supremes disbanded after 18 years.
Tne Supreme range include doo wop, pop, soul, broadway show tunes, psychedelic soul, and disco.

They 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 their success made it possible for future African American R&B and soul musicians to find mainstream success.

Just in their early teens when they started singing together, the Supremes – like their contemporaries – were influenced by and mimicked the styles of male doo-wop and R&B groups like The Drifters, Frankie Lymon & The Teenagers, The Isley Brothers, and their mentors The Primes. Miracles lead singer Smokey Robinson was Diane Ross' neighbor and the uncle of one of her friends, and his group's passionate performance styles were a significant influence on the girls. Female groups imitated the rough, energetic vocal and performance styles of these male groups, but dressed in a modest, almost conservative, style. This combination persisted into the early 1960s, with groups like The Shirelles and Motown contemporaries The Marvelettes and Martha & the Vandellas, all of whom found fame and success before the Supremes.

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Past Members

Florence Ballard
Diana Ross
Mary Wilson
Betty McGlown
Barabara Martin
Cindy Songbird
Jean Terell
Lynda Lawrence
Scherrie Payne
Susayne Greene

The Supremes 20 Greatest Hits
Where Did Our Love Go
Baby Love
Come See About Me
Stop! In The Name Of love
Back in My Arms Again
I Hear A Symphony
My World Is Empty Without You
I'm Still Waiting
You Can't Hurry Love
You Keep Me Hangin' On
Love Is Here And Now You're Gone
The Happening
ReflectionsIn And Out Of Love
Forever Came Today
Some Things You Never Get Used To
Love Child
I'm Livin' In Shame
No Matter What Sign You Are
Some Day We'll Be Together.