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Supremes, The

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Berry Gordy on the Supremes (2000)

Interview by David Nathan, Rock's Backpages Audio, 2000

The Motown boss looks back at signing the then-Primettes; Diana's "sparkle"; the difficulty in getting the first hits; breaking through with 'Where Did Our Love Go'; going on the road and stealing Smokey's act; hitting internationally with 'Baby Love'; the Motown assembly line and backroom team; playing the Copa and the need to broaden their audience, and their legacy.

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A Great Visit To Hitsville U.S.A.

Interview by Dave Godin, Norman Jopling, Record Mirror, 4 September 1964

by DAVE GODIN as told to Norman Jopling ...

The Supremes: Motown Success

Report by uncredited writer, Record Mirror, 4 September 1964

IT LOOKS AS if the Tamla-Motown group have their second big hit in this country with their Supremes discing 'Where Did Our Love Go'. After ...

Gene Pitney's 72 Days With The Supremes

Interview by Ian Dove, New Musical Express, 2 October 1964

GENE PITNEY recently took a bus journey with the Supremes. They shared front seat views — FOR 72 DAYS AND OVER 30,000 MILES. Gene, who ...

The Supremes, the Righteous Brothers, the Beau Brummels et al: Cow Palace, San Francisco CA

Live Review by Mike Gormley, Ottawa Journal, The, 27 February 1965

Righteous Sound Shakes 'Frisco ...

A Warning To The Tamla-Motown Visitors From Their Biggest Fan!

Interview by Ian Dove, New Musical Express, 19 March 1965

BRITAIN'S Mr. Tamla-Motown — he's Dave Godin, organiser of the Tamla-Motown Appreciation Society — was walking around warning the Supremes, Martha and the Vandellas, the ...

America Hits Back With Tamla Motown Attack

Report by Norman Jopling, Record Mirror, 20 March 1965

IN RETALIATION to the British craze sweeping the States, America launches its biggest-ever campaign to bring back the Yanks into the British charts in the ...

Supreme Supreme: Will Diana Ross Go Solo?

Interview by Nick Jones, Melody Maker, 16 October 1965

"NO COMMENT," said Diana Ross of the Supremes, to the perennial question: "Will you be going solo?" "I've just never thought about it. We're too ...

The Supreme Supremes

Profile by uncredited writer, KRLA Beat, 23 April 1966

WHAT'S IN A name? Success, that's what. ...

The Supremes: The Chic-est Girls In Show Business

Report by Jane Heil, Hit Parader, May 1966

WELL, OF COURSE, their sound: Supreme, tops, five in a row if you're keeping score. But LOOK at them! I mean, those are three swell-looking ...

Holland & Dozier: Motown's Money

Profile and Interview by Carol Deck, KRLA Beat, 10 September 1966

THE SUPREMES strolled into the crowded club where the Temptations were playing and instantly everyone in the room knew they were there. ...

Tamla Blueprints

Interview by Nick Jones, Melody Maker, 24 September 1966

WITH THE Supremes at No 6 in the Pop 50 after a rapid climb, all the signs are that we're in for a sustained attack from ...

Marvin Gaye & Kim Weston, John Lee Hooker, Byrds, Prince Buster et al Album Reviews

Review by Peter Jones, Norman Jopling, Record Mirror, 6 May 1967

Some sophisticated new Motown albums ...

The Supremes: Cocoanut Grove, Ambassador Hotel, Los Angeles CA

Live Review by uncredited writer, KRLA Beat, 29 July 1967

Diana Ross: 'Thin Is In!' ...

Supremes' Flo Ballard: It's Said She's Leaving

Report by Loraine Alterman, Detroit Free Press, 1 August 1967

FLORENCE BALLARD of Diana Ross and The Supremes has temporarily asked to be withdrawn from the group, according to a spokesman for Motown Records. ...

The Supremes: Roostertail, Detroit

Live Review by Loraine Alterman, Detroit Free Press, 30 August 1967

Cindy Birdsong, the New Supreme: A Detroit Debut ...

The Supremes: Psychedelic Tamla!

Interview by Alan Smith, New Musical Express, 18 November 1967

Brian Holland, one of Motown's famous composing team, speaks to Alan Smith, and tells about PSYCHEDELIC TAMLA! ...

Major LP Release from Tamla

Review by Norman Jopling, Record Mirror, 13 January 1968

THE BIG R & B companies have a habit of LP release lists which make mouths watery with anticipation. Of course the omnipresent financial problem ...

Tamla's Miracles Break Through At Last!

Report by Norman Jopling, Record Mirror, 20 January 1968

THE FIRST of the Tamla Motown groups, Smokey Robinson and the Miracles, have finally made it big in the British charts with their runaway transatlantic ...

Supremes Live It Up In London

Report and Interview by Alan Smith, New Musical Express, 27 January 1968

THE SUPREMES didn't sleep for two days at the weekend, then they flew from the warmth of Cannes to the chill of London, after which ...

The Supremes: Talk of the Town, London

Live Review by Alan Smith, New Musical Express, 27 January 1968

A WHO'S WHO of British show business made up most of the audience (note I didn't say sat in the audience; half of 'em were ...

Supremes Heart Chat!

Interview by Alan Smith, New Musical Express, 3 February 1968

YOU COULD see it: the Supremes were overwhelmed. They sat there in the room and hit back with answers as best they could. Reporters and ...

Supremes Mobbed at EMI

Report by Peter Jones, Record Mirror, 3 February 1968


No Mo' Motown?

Comment by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, 10 August 1968

CHRIS WELCH records the demise of a chart influence ...

Diana Ross and the Supremes, Stevie Wonder, Shorty Long: Forest Hills Stadium, Queens NY

Live Review by Ian Dove, Billboard, 17 August 1968

Motown Acts Draw Near-Capacity Crowd ...

Diana Ross: A Talking Instead Of Just A Walking Doll

Report and Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, 30 November 1968

DIANA ROSS is a living doll. But as an all-talking living doll, her new image came as quite a surprise to the pop scene last ...

Albums from the Supremes and Marvin Gaye

Review by uncredited writer, Record Mirror, 11 January 1969


Motowners have Racial Problems

Report by Ann Moses, New Musical Express, 27 September 1969

SINCE SO many Motown artists are currently in the British charts, I thought I might pass on some things about them that have been circulating ...

Four Tops Hoping For British Tour, Diana Splits Next Year

Report by Alan Smith, New Musical Express, 25 October 1969


Motown: The Gold In Their Bodies

Report and Interview by Philip Norman, Sunday Times, 1970

CONSIDERED TOGETHER at a party in New York, Nina Simone, the highly political folk singer, and Diana Ross, principal exhibit of the Motown Record Corporation, ...

Super Star Diana Right To Quit Supremes Say Temptations

Interview by Alan Smith, New Musical Express, 17 January 1970

ONLY THE absence of 'flu-bound Eddie Kendricks took the edge off the Temptations' arrival in Britain at the weekend, but the rest of them were ...

On Disc: Singles Reviewed By John E. Abbey

Review by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, 29 March 1970


The Supremes: Soulfully Supreme

Report and Interview by David Nathan, Blues & Soul, 3 December 1971

2008 introduction: The Supremes were in the UK for their first post-Diana Ross tour with Jean Terrell as the group's new lead singer and Motown ...

The Magnificent Seven Live: The Supremes and the Four Tops live at the Royal Albert Hall, London

Live Review by David Nathan, Blues & Soul, 17 December 1971

DUE TO lack of publicity, the International Children's Aid Charity concert on Tuesday November 30 at the Royal Albert Hall was not as well attended ...

Motown Making Millions

Profile by Geoffrey Cannon, Guardian, The, 1 May 1972

Author's update, 2019. "The Manchester Guardian? That's the best fuckin' newspaper in the world!" So David Crosby told me in early 1969. He had answered ...

The Supremes, Arthur Conley: Kilburn State, London

Live Review by David Nathan, Blues & Soul, March 1973

AWARE OF all the 'changes' that have been going on with the Supremes of late, it was natural to hope that some of the new, ...

The Supremes

Profile and Interview by David Nathan, Blues & Soul, March 1974

PERHAPS MORE than any other female group around today, The Supremes have undergone what seem like almost regular personnel changes and to my mind, it's ...

The Supremes: Anthology

Review by Ian MacDonald, New Musical Express, 6 July 1974

I NEVER COULD understand why so many Rock Critics (sic) couldn't stomach The Supremes. ...

Tamla albums round-up

Review by Cliff White, New Musical Express, 2 August 1975

FIRST, THE GOOD NEWS. The Supremes' new LP is a winner. ...

The Supremes: The Supremes (Tamla Motown) (32.16)

Review by Jonh Ingham, Sounds, 16 August 1975

SIX PRODUCERS on one record? Is this some kind of a joke? I've heard of Rick Derringer dreaming of a different producer for each song ...

The Supremes at Hammersmith Odeon

Live Review by Vivien Goldman, New Musical Express, 13 September 1975

NEXT TIME YOU have the opportunity, check out Motown's Anthology of Diana Ross and the Supremes' Greatest Hits. Unless you're an avid fan whose every ...

The Supremes

Retrospective by Tony Cummings, Black Music, October 1975

THE LEGENDARY Supremes are back in Britain. Showbusiness cannot exist without legends. Be it a crackvoiced Sinatra, or a drawling Dylan, a cool crooner or ...

New Supremes Will Spearhead New Motown Era

Profile and Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, July 1977

The rumours suggested that the Supremes might soon be no more. But, though Mary is leaving to go solo, Susaye and Scherrie will continue with ...

Diana Ross and the Supremes: 20 Golden Greats

Review by Mick Farren, New Musical Express, 10 September 1977

IF THEY weren't the highest form, they sure as hell were the most refined. The three-piece girl vocal group is almost a dying art. Only ...

Berry Gordy: The Tracks of my Years

Interview by Michael Goldberg, New Musical Express, 18 August 1990

BERRY GORDY, the man who invented the "Sound of Young America", has seen the story of his monumentally influential Motown label told in a succession ...

Mary Wilson on The Supremes

Retrospective by Johnny Black, MOJO, April 1997

"ONE DAY IN mid-April we were all summoned to berry’s home on Outer Drive," remembers Mary Wilson of The Supremes. "As I drove there, I ...

Girl Groups: Smash Hits

Report by Caroline Sullivan, Guardian, The, 2 August 1999

So Mel C thinks Geri H is untalented, does she? When girl bands break up, says Caroline Sullivan, the pops get personal ...

see also Diana Ross

see also Mary Wilson


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