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Diana Dors photographed by Wallace Seawell c. 1956
Supreme Spotlight On: Cindy Birdsong.
Cindy Birdsong replaced Florence Ballard when the relationship between she and Berry Gordy began to sour. Formerly a member of Patti Labelle and the Bluebelles, she easily adjusted to her new role with great enthusiasm. After Mary Wilson and Diana Ross, Cindy is one of the Supremes’ longest-serving members, remaining a vital and beloved part of the group throughout it’s latter years. Reasons why she’s SUPREME?
- Her kind and gracious manner which, according to Mary, endeared her to absolutely everyone.
- Her cheerful smile, which added a special warmth to each on-stage performance she delivered.
- Her ability to keep the peace, even when tempers within the group flared.
- Her great devotion to her personal faith.
- Her dramatic escape from a kidnapping attempt, in which she jumped from a moving vehicle. Cindy friggin’ Birdsong, man…takin’ care of business!
- Her reliable nature, as noted by the several stints she had with the group even after initially leaving to raise her baby.
- Her awesome last name.
Unfortunately, Cindy never really recorded any solo numbers while she was with the Supremes. Right before her final departure from the group, however, she had worked on several solo demos. There are also some rare moments with the early 70s incarnation of the Supremes where we get glimpses into what her lovely voice could do, but if you’d really like to see her shine, search for her gospel numbers on YouTube, listed below.
- Till The Boat Sails Away (Unreleased Demo, later went to Mary Wilson).
- High Energy (Unreleased Demo, later went to Susaye Greene).
- Dancing Room
- Check It Out
- God Gave The Song
- I Am Changed
- My Tribute
- The Loving Country (Cindy hits that first high note in truly Supreme fashion)
- The Sha La Bandit (Alternate version in which each member takes a lead)
Supreme Spotlight On: Mary Wilson.
Often billed as “The Sexy One,” Mary Wilson provided the smoky alto vocals in the Supremes. A founding member along with her two friends, Flo and Diane, Mary was the only Supreme to stick around for the group’s entire run, well into its disco years. Though controversial, her books Dreamgirl and Supreme Faith were the first to shed light on the amazing history of Motown’s star group. Some of the reasons she’s SUPREME?
- Her memoirs provided thousands of fans with an intimate glimpse into The Supremes’ career, their personal lives and the Motown experience in general.
- Her legendary stage presence.
- Her velvet-smooth vocals on the assorted leads she took.
- Her dedication to keeping the legacy of the Supremes alive, touring the country with a traveling exhibition of all their stage costumes.
- Her steadfastness in remaining with the group throughout its sometimes-tumultuous run.
- Her willingness to lead the group to press on, despite lack of promotion from Motown in the 70s.
- Pretty Baby
- Come And Get These Memories (Martha & The Vandellas Cover)
- The Ballad Of Davy Crockett
- Can’t Take My Eyes Off Of You
- Floy Joy (Co-Lead with Jean Terrell)
- Automatically Sunshine (Co-Lead with Jean Terrell)
- He’s My Man (Co-Lead with Scherrie Payne)
- Till The Boat Sails Away
- Don’t Let My Teardrops Bother You
Supreme Spotlight On: Florence “Flo” Ballard AKA Blondie.
Flo is mostly known for her tragic rise and fall, but she was much more than that. The woman with the big voice had an equally big heart and a killer sense of humor. Some of the reasons she’s SUPREME? (As if we need any).
- Her sultry Mae West impression. “Come up and see me sometime.”
- Her kindness towards others. Ordering donuts for hordes of hungry fans, buying some poor kids a pizza and visiting with them for awhile, among other instances.
- Her supreme eye for fashion. She picked most of the Supremes’ early outfits herself.
- Her good taste. She was a novice decorator in her spare time and decorated Diana’s and Mary’s homes for them.
- Her pioneering spirit. Flo coined the name “The Supremes.” And was never afraid to be a trailblazer or speak from the heart.
- And, of course. Her legendary quips with Diana. “Thin may be in honey, but fat is where it’s at!”
- Save Me A Star
- Buttered Popcorn
- Hey Baby
- Ain’t That Good News
- The Ballad Of Davy Crockett (Flo performs an early version of rap)
- Love Ain’t Love
- Like You Babe
- Forever Faithful
- You Bring Out The Sweetness In Me
- It Doesn’t Matter What I Say (It’s What I Say That Matters)
"Honey, thin may be in but fat is where it’s at." — Florence Glenda Ballard Chapman (June 30, 1943 - February 22, 1976)
Miss Joan Collins as The Siren in Batman (1966)
Hayley Mills in Pretty Polly (1967)
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