Janelle Arthur Brings the Supremes Hit 'Keep Me Hanging On' to 'American Idol'
... her finest!" Mariah Carey exclaimed. Keith Urban agreed, saying, "That was beautiful. I love your fearlessness." He added that her simple acoustic arrangement helped bring out the angst of the lyric in a different way. "You always shine when you have your guitar in front of you," Nicki Minaj stated, while Randy Jackson simply said, "I absolutely loved it." Arthur seems likely to move on to the next round after the results show on Thursday night (March 28).Next: Janelle Arthur and Kree Harrison Duet on 'American Idol' Janelle Arthur Brings the Supremes
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Jackson 5 and Supremes songwriter and producer Deke Richards dies aged 68
... Randy Taraborrelli, The Jackson 5 track 'Mama's Pearl' was originally called 'Guess Who's Making Whoopie (With Your Girlfriend)'. But Richards had the lyrics changed to preserve the frontman's innocent image at the time. Richards' final project before he died, involved mixing eight unreleased tracks by Martha Reeves And The Vandellas for the band's 50th anniversary box set, which is due to be released on April 5. 'Uncut is now available as a digital edition! Download it for your iPad/iPhone, or your Android device. Jackson 5 and Supremes
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Watch Yo La Tengo Cover The Supremes' "Come See About Me"
... a bass-heavy devastation for their Friends EP. What Yo La Tengo does for the premiere episode of the fourth season The A.V. Club's Undercover series is a completely polar opposite of the Grizzlies' work. The band finds a way to process "Come See About Me" into a sweet ditty, a lot more lighthearted than the Supremes
' flirtatious original. If you really want to hear how malleable the sentiments of the song are, check out the grittier cover by the Afghan Whigs' cover for their Uptown Avondale EP. Greg Dulli and the gang really knew how to dirty up a girl group track. Watch Yo La Tengo cover "Come See About Me" below. Watch Yo La Tengo Cover The Supremes
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The Supremes (1962-1977)
Florence Ballard 1959-1967
Betty McGlown 1959-1960
Barbara Martin 1960-1961
Cindy Birdsong1967-1972, 1973-1976
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The group formed as a teenage quartet with Ross, Wilson, Ballard, and McGlown. In 1960, McGlown left to concentrate on her studies and was replaced by Barbara Martin. In 1961, when Martin left to start a family, the Supremes became a trio. In 1967, Ballard was fired from the group and was replaced by Cindy Birdsong. Jean Terrell replaced Ross in 1970. Birdsong was replaced by Lynda Laurence in 1972. Scherrie Payne replaced Terrell and Birdsong returned replacing Laurence in 1973. Birdsong left again in 1976 and was replaced by Susaye Greene. Finally in 1977, they disbanded.
When The Supremes formed, the members took turns singing lead. In 1962, Motown president Berry Gordy made Diana Ross the sole lead singer.
The Supremes had 12 #1 hits in the US and 33 in the Top-40.
Before joining the Supremes, Cindy Birdsong was a member of Patti LaBelle and the Blue Belles.
On January 14, 1970, Diana Ross gave her final performance with the Supremes at the Frontier Hotel in Las Vegas.
In 1972, Cindy Birdsong left the Supremes because she was expecting a baby; she was replaced by Lynda Laurence. One year later, Laurence left the group for the same reason and was replaced by Birdsong.
Before joining the Supremes, Lynda Laurence and Susaye Greene were members of Stevie Wonder's group Wonderlove.
In June 1977, the Supremes gave their farewell performance at the Drury Lane Theatre in London.
Mary Wilson stayed in the group from beginning to end.
Before they became the Supremes, they were called the Primettes. They formed as a sister group to a male group called the Primes (this group would later be renamed the Temptations). In early 1961, when they signed with Motown, they were told to change their group name because Berry Gordy didn't like it. Florence Ballard chose the name "Supremes."
Before signing to Motown, they recorded for a local label called LuPine in 1960.
When Ballard was replaced by Cindy Birdsong in 1967, their group name was changed to "Diana Ross and the Supremes". When Miss Ross left to go solo in 1970, the group name went back to being "the Supremes". Sometimes, the Supremes of the seventies are called "the new Supremes."
On a few of their '70s songs, Mary Wilson shared the lead vocals with Jean Terrell and later with Scherrie Payne. On their last album, Mary, Scherrie & Susaye, all three members took the lead.
After Florence Ballard was fired from the group in 1967, she attempted a solo career with ABC Records. She recorded an album that was never released and her two 1968 solo singles failed to chart. ABC dropped her just nine months after signing her. Eventually, she became one of rock's biggest tragedies. She lost her house, her marriage and career crumbled, her health deteriorated because of her weight gain and addictions to alcohol and different medications, and she and her three daughters ended up having to live on welfare. On February 22, 1976, she died of cardiac arrest; she was only 32 years old.
On December 20, 1981, the musical "Dreamgirls" opened on Broadway; it's loosely based on the history of the Supremes.
Mary Wilson wrote two tell-all autobiographies of her life - Dreamgirl: My Life as a Supreme (1986; this book is about her early life and career before Miss Ross went solo) and Supreme Faith: Someday, We'll Be Together (1990; this book is about her life and career from the seventies to the eighties). In January 2000, the two books were released together to be called Dreamgirl & Supreme Faith: My Life as a Supreme. The combination of the two books contains an afterword written by Mary at the end.
Jean Terrell was the sister of boxer Ernie Terrell. Scherrie Payne is the sister of singer/actress Freda Payne.
Two years after the Supremes disbanded, Mary Wilson released her first solo album while Payne and Greene released an album (Partners) as a duo under the names "Scherrie & Susaye".
The Supremes were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1988.
In the mid-'60s, Diana Ross began to stand out more and more, which eventually led to their name changing to "Diana Ross and the Supremes" and later, rumors that Ross would soon begin a solo career. Before this happened, Berry Gordy and the public started to pay more attention to Ross than the other two Supremes. According to Mary Wilson's first book Dreamgirl (1986), some of the things that caused tension in the group (just to name a few) were interviewers who would talk just to Ross and not the other two Supremes, and Ross getting her own private dressing room at concerts, while the other two members had to share a room.
The fact that Ross was given more publicity and attention proved to be very hard on Florence Ballard. She became very angry and depressed and would sometimes threaten to quit the group. Soon, she turned to alcohol. Her heavy drinking, weight gain, and growing unprofessional behavior did not help matters for the group either. Many times, she began showing up late for rehearsals, concerts, and interviews; sometimes, she wouldn't show up at all. Sometimes, during concerts, she was so drunk, she wasn't able to control herself. During a performance at the Flamingo Hotel, she was replaced by Cindy Birdsong halfway through the show. Finally, in the summer of 1967, Birdsong replaced her for good.
At the end of Diana Ross's final concert with the Supremes, she introduced Jean Terrell (discovered and chosen by Berry Gordy) as the new lead singer. In her two autobiographies, Mary Wilson said that the next morning after that concert, Berry Gordy called Mary telling her that he changed his mind and wanted Syreeta Wright to replace Ross. Mary (knowing that it would be stupid to do since the Supremes already began working on a new album with Terrell) strictly refused, and Berry Gordy threatened to wash his hands of the group.
On December 20, 1981, the Broadway musical "Dreamgirls" opened at the Imperial Theatre in New York and ran for 1522 performances. The musical is loosely based on the history of the Supremes. In 2006, "Dreamgirls" was adapted into a movie. (thanks, Jerro - New Alexandria, PA, for all above)
Jean Terrell, who took over for Diana Ross, is the brother of Ernie Terrell, who was a heavyweight boxer in the 1960s and '70s. He fought Muhammad Ali in the famous "What's My Name" fight, when Ali kept beating him because Terrell was calling him "Cassius Clay." (thanks, Nate - Newport News, VA)
They appeared on the Ed Sullivan Show 20 times, which is more than any other Pop act. (thanks, Bertrand - Paris, France)
JJ Burnel of The Stranglers
JJ talks about The Stranglers' signature sound - keyboard and bass - which isn't your typical strain of punk rock.
Susanna Hoffs - "Eternal Flame"
The Prince-penned "Manic Monday" was the first song The Bangles heard coming from a car radio, but "Eternal Flame" is closest to Susanna's heart, perhaps because she sang it in "various states of undress."
Steve Forbert - "Romeo's Tune"
"Let me smell the moon in your perfume..." It took a rough mix and an extra verse, but Steve found his "calling card" song, which is always