The Supremes Co-Founder Mary Wilson Dies At 76 | Music News

Mandatory Credit: Photo by Casey Curry/Invision/AP/Shutterstock (9202775a) Mary Wilson, founding member of The Supremes, breaks into song in Studio C of Capitol Records, in Hollywood Calif Mary Wilson Portrait Session, Hollywood, USA – 12 Jun 2014

 

Music legend Mary Wilson has passed away. The Supremes co-found died suddenly at her Las Vegas home on February 8, she was 76 and was the longest-serving memeber of the soul group.

 

The Supremes group was formed in Detroit in 1959 as an all-girl quartet, when Wilson was only 15-years old. The group performed so much more above the standard and went on to become not only music icons, but also pioneers in breaking the barriers of racial, gender and social stereotypes that were very present in the ’60s.

 

In 1977, they disbanded and Wilson carried on with a successful solo career, and she even had an album due for release this year. In 2019, she competed in Dancing With The Stars and published her fourth book Supreme Glamour plus she was active on social and civic causes, from HIV/AIDS to stopping hunger in Africa.

 

The Supremes hold the records for the most number one singles among American groups, five of those #1 singles were consecutive chart toppers, such as “Where Did Our Love Go”, “Baby Love”, “Come See About Me”, “Stop! In the Name of Love” and “Back in My Arms Again”.

 

Speaking about the loss, Berry Gordy stated, “I was extremely shocked and saddened to hear of the passing of a major member of the Motown family, Mary Wilson of the Supremes… She was quite a star in her own right and over the years continued to work hard to boost the legacy of the Supremes. Mary Wilson was extremely special to me. She was a trailblazer, a diva, and will be deeply missed”.

 

Instead of flowers, the family have asked fans and friends for donations to the UNCF.org and the Humpty Dumpty Institute.

 

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