Mary Wilson, Motown Legend And Founding Member Of The Supremes, Dead At 76

Written by on February 9, 2021

LONDON, Feb 9 (Reuters) – Mary Wilson, a founding member of The Supremes, has died on the age of 76, her publicist has mentioned.

Wilson died instantly at her dwelling in Henderson, Nevada, on Monday. A press release confirming her passing didn’t state a reason behind demise.

The Supremes performed on "The Ed Sullivan Show," in 1964. From left: Florence Ballard, Diana Ross and Mary Wilson. 

The Supremes carried out on “The Ed Sullivan Present,” in 1964. From left: Florence Ballard, Diana Ross and Mary Wilson. 

Wilson, a singer in addition to best-selling creator, helped kind the feminine singing group The Primettes in Detroit in 1959, alongside Diana Ross, Florence Ballard and Betty McGlown. The latter left the group and was changed. Wilson, Ross and Ballard went on to get pleasure from big success as trio The Supremes.

Beneath the Motown Information label, the group scored 12 no. 1 hits with songs like “Child Love” and “Cease! Within the Identify of Love,” and nonetheless stays influential a long time later.

Wilson stayed on with The Supremes even after different unique members left and new ones joined the line-up. The group break up in 1977 and he or she pursued a solo profession.

“The Supremes have been all the time referred to as the ‘sweethearts of Motown’,” Motown founder Berry Gordy mentioned in an announcement.

“I used to be all the time pleased with Mary. She was fairly a star in her personal proper and over time continued to work exhausting to spice up the legacy of the Supremes … She was a trailblazer, a diva and can be deeply missed.”

The Supremes have been inducted into the Rock and Roll Corridor of Fame in 1988. The 2006 movie “Dreamgirls,” starring Beyonce and Jennifer Hudson, was loosely primarily based on their story.

As a result of COVID-19 restrictions, a funeral service for Wilson can be non-public, the assertion mentioned. A celebration of her life is predicted later within the yr.

Early Tuesday, buddies, colleagues and followers shared their ideas and remembrances on social media:

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