The Supremes' success, however, counteracted this trend. The group became extremely popular both domestically and abroad, becoming one of the first black musical acts to appear regularly on television programs such as HullabalooThe Hollywood PalaceThe Della Reese Showand, most notably, The Ed Sullivan Showon which they made 17 appearances. Problems within the group and within Motown Records' stable of performers led to tension among the members of the Supremes.
Many of the other Motown performers felt that Berry Gordy was lavishing too much attention upon the group and upon Ross, in particular. The Supremes' name change fueled already present rumors of a solo career for Ross and contributed to the professional and personal dismantling of the group.
In fact, Gordy intended to replace Ross with Barbara Randolph as early as the fall ofbut changed his mind and instead kept Ross in the group for several more years. Angered by erratic behavior from Florence Ballard, Gordy intended to replace her with Marlene Barrow, a member of the Motown in-house singing group the Andantes. However, when club management heard of this change, they threatened to cancel the group's appearance if Ballard was replaced, as they saw Ballard's banter with her group mates as a major part of their act's success.
As Ross became the focal point of the Supremes, Ballard suffered from depression and began to drink excessively, The Things You Do (RMX) - World Famous D.J.
Supreme* - Wu-Gambino 2002 (Cassette), gaining weight until she could no longer comfortably wear many of her stage outfits. During this turbulent period, Ballard relied heavily upon the advice of group mate Mary Wilson, with whom she had maintained a close friendship. Wilson, while outwardly demure and neutral in hopes of keeping the group stable, privately advised Ballard that Ross and Gordy were eager to oust Ballard. ByBallard would not show up for recording dates, or would arrive at shows too inebriated to perform.
For some early shows, she was replaced by Marlene Barrow. Looking for a more permanent replacement, Gordy once again thought of Barbara Randolph, possibly believing that Randolph could be groomed as lead singer for the group once it was decided The Things You Do (RMX) - World Famous D.J.
Supreme* - Wu-Gambino 2002 (Cassette) take Ross solo. However, Ross did not receive Randolph well. Birdsong first appeared with the Supremes in Ballard's place at a benefit concert at the Hollywood Bowl on April 29, In May, Ballard returned for what she believed was a probationary period, although in reality it was a stopgap measure until Gordy was able to buy out Birdsong's contract.
During May and June, knowing that she was one step away from being dismissed, Ballard made an attempt to toe the line, slimming down and showing up to commitments on time and sober. Despite this, Birdsong was secretly traveling with the Supremes, studying their routines.
On June 29, the group returned to the Flamingo Hotel in Las Vegas billed as "the Supremes with Diana Ross", the first time in which Ross was billed separately from the group. The first two days of the Flamingo engagement went by smoothly. On July 1, when reporting for makeup and wardrobe before their first show of the evening, Ballard discovered an extra set of gowns and costumes that had been brought along for Cindy Birdsong.
Angered, Ballard performed the first concert of the night inebriated, leading to an embarrassing on-stage incident in which her stomach was revealed when she purposely thrust it forward during a dance routine. Enraged, Gordy ordered her back to Detroit and permanently dismissed her from the group.
Birdsong officially assumed her place during the second July 1 show. Ballard eventually sank into poverty and died abruptly on February 22, from coronary thrombosis at the age of Holland-Dozier-Holland left Motown in early after a dispute with the label over royalties and profit sharing. From "Reflections" in to "The Weight" inonly six out of the eleven released singles reached the Top 20, and only one of those, 's " Love Child ",  made it to number one.
Due to the tension within the group and stringent touring schedules, neither Mary Wilson nor Cindy Birdsong appear on many of these singles; they were replaced on these recordings by session singers such as the Andantes. The gospel -based soul of female performers such as Aretha Franklin had eclipsed the Supremes' pop-based sound, which had by now evolved to include more middle-of-the-road material. In a cultural climate now influenced more than ever by countercultural movements such as the Black Panther Partythe Supremes found themselves attacked for not being "black enough", and lost ground in the black music market.
In mid, Motown initiated a number of high-profile collaborations for the Supremes with their old colleagues, the Temptations. Besides the fact that both groups had come up together, the pairings made financial sense: the Supremes had a mostly white fanbase, while the Temptations a mostly black fanbase.
Bythe label began plans for a Diana Ross solo career. Terrell was signed to Motown and began recording the first post-Ross Supremes songs with Wilson and Birdsong during the day, while Wilson and Birdsong toured with Ross at night. The Things You Do (RMX) - World Famous D.J. Supreme* - Wu-Gambino 2002 (Cassette) the same time, Ross began to make her first solo recordings. In NovemberRoss' solo career was publicly announced. This single also would mark the Supremes' final television appearance together with Ross, performing on The Ed Sullivan Show on December 21, The Supremes without Ross made their final appearance altogether on Ed Sullivan on February 15, Wilson refused, leading to Gordy stating that he was washing his hands of the group thereafter.
Motown, by then moving from Detroit to Los Angeles to break into motion pictures, put only limited effort into promoting the Supremes' new material, and their popularity and sales began to wane. Cindy Birdsong left the group in Aprilafter recording the Floy Joy album, to start a family; her replacement was Lynda Laurencea former member of Stevie Wonder 's backup group, Third Generation a predecessor to Wonderlove.
In earlyLaurence prevailed upon her old mentor Stevie Wonder to write and produce a hit for the Supremes, but the resulting " Bad Weather " peaked at number 87 on the US pop charts and number 37 in the UK. Laurence can be heard briefly, shouting several times at the end of the song the only recording on which Laurence is heard.
Laurence left to start a family; her replacement: a returning Cindy Birdsong. Dismayed by this poor-performing record and The Things You Do (RMX) - World Famous D.J. Supreme* - Wu-Gambino 2002 (Cassette) lack of promotional support from Motown, Jean Terrell left the group and was replaced by Scherrie Paynethe sister of Invictus Records recording artist Freda Payne. Between the departures of Laurence and Terrell and the first Supremes single with Scherrie Payne, "He's My Man", a disco single on which Payne and Wilson shared lead vocal, Motown was slow in producing contracts for Payne and the returning Birdsong.
Before the release of the album inthe Supremes remained a popular live act, and continued touring overseas, particularly in the UK and Japan. The group's new recordings were not as successful as their earlier releases, although "He's My Man" from the album The Supremes was a popular disco hit in InBirdsong, dissatisfied with the management of the Supremes handled at the time by Mary Wilson's then-husband Pedro Ferrerleft again and was replaced by Susaye Greeneanother former member of Wonderlove.
Several fictional works have been published and produced that are based in part on the career of the group. The film's score was composed by Curtis Mayfieldand the soundtrack album by Aretha Franklin was a commercial success. On December 21,the Tony Award -winning musical Dreamgirls opened at the Imperial Theatre on Broadway and ran for 1, performances. The musical, loosely based on the history of the Supremes, follows the story of the Dreams, an all-female singing trio from Chicago who become music superstars.
Mary Wilson loved the musical, but Diana Ross was reportedly angered by it and refused to see it. The film contains more overt references to Motown and the Supremes than does the play that inspired it: for example, in the film, many of the Dreams' album covers are identical in design to Supremes album covers, and the Dreams The Things You Do (RMX) - World Famous D.J.
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