The Supremes

The Supremes Biography

American soul and R&B group, recording during the 1960s and 1970s.

Known initially and lastly as "The Supremes", with a period called "Diana Ross & The Supremes".

When billed as Diana Ross & The Supremes, please enter Diana Ross separately as a featured member of The Supremes.

Membership (1961 to 1977):

Diana Ross (1961 to 1970)

Mary Wilson (1961 to 1977)

Florence Ballard (1961 to 1967)

Barbara Martin (1961 to 1962)

Cindy Birdsong (1967 to 1972, 1974 to 1976)

Jean Terrell (1970 to 1973)

Lynda Laurence (1972 to 1973)

Scherrie Payne (1974 to 1977)

Susaye Greene (1976 to 1977)

Hugely successful female vocal group formed in 1961, after initially after being called The Primettes from 1959 to 1960. Their best-known and most stable lineup was Diana Ross, Florence Ballard and Mary Wilson, in which configuration they became Motown's top act of the 1960s, though of that line-up only Wilson remained in the group by the time of the 1970s disco incarnation represented here.

The Supremes changed name in early 1967 to Diana Ross & The Supremes. Motown president Berry Gordy stated that the name change was done so that Motown could demand more money from live bookings, but rumors began to spread of an approaching Diana Ross solo career.

At that time member Florence Ballard had begun drinking and occasionally missing performance and, by June 1967, was replaced by Cindy Birdsong, a member of Patti LaBelle & The Blue Belles.

In January 1970, Diana Ross & The Supremes gave their final performance and Ross began her solo career. Jean Terrell replaced Diana as the lead singer and thereby renaming the group back to The Supremes.

Inducted into Rock And Roll Hall of Fame in 1988 (Performer).

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