The Supremes

The Supremes

They set the mold for female r&b and pop vocal groups.

Founded

1959 (as The Primettes) in Detroit, Michigan

Full Name

Date of Birth

1959 (as The Primettes) in Detroit, Michigan

Still Alive

Date of Death

The Supremes circa 1964. From left : Florence Ballard, Mary Wilson, Diana Ross.
The Supremes circa 1964. From left : Florence Ballard, Mary Wilson, Diana Ross.

About The artist

Founded as The Primettes in 1959, The Supremes lived up to their name by becoming one of the most successful American vocal groups of all time. They were the prime example of a sophisticated look and sound that Berry Gordy pushed for Motown acts.

Notable Members:

Florence Ballard, Diana Ross, Mary Wilson, Cindy Birdsong

Did you know...

Signed by Motown in 1961, it took a while for the Supremes to connect with the public. They began to be known around the Motown offices as the "no-hit Supremes." They went on to have 12 number one songs and  three number albums.

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