Personalities | Diana Ross & The Supremes | Sixties | Rock

(Vocal group, 1961–77)

The jewels in the crown of Motown’s golden years, The Supremes’ sophisticated act and sound were the TV-friendly face of soul music, winning them 12 No. 1s including a 1964–65 run of five in a row from hitmakers Holland-Dozier-Holland. Many, like: ‘You Can’t Hurry Love’ and ‘You Keep Me Hanging On’, became pop classics.

The writing team’s departure from the label, founder Florence Ballard’s ousting from the group and Diana Ross’ grooming for solo stardom, all dented the trio’s infallibility. But hits continued into the 1970s with ‘Stoned Love’ and ‘River Deep – Mountain High’ (their collaboration with childhood friends The Temptations). When third original Mary Wilson left in 1976 The Supremes finally folded. Ross’ phenomenal solo career, working with top producers including Chic and The Bee Gees, saw UK hits every single year until 1996, although she was less successful in America.

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Source: The Definitive Illustrated Encyclopedia of Rock, general editor Michael Heatley


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