On February 8, 2021, the world of music said goodbye to Mary Wilson, the historic founder, along with Diana Ross and Florence Ballard, of The Supremes. Mary Wilson died of cardiovascular problems at the age of 76 she was an icon and an inspirer of the world of seven notes.
It is really difficult not to consider Mary Wilson a real pioneer of soul and r’n’b music. The Supremes, in fact, are – and remain – a cultural pillar for what they were able to represent at the turn of the 60s and 70s.
Cindy Birdsong, Diana Ross and Mary Wilson
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We are not just talking about singles and immortal songs that there are and are many (a couple of all: Where Did our Love Go, Love Child and the immortal Baby Love), neither of the iconic look that has been taken up, quoted and consecrated, nor of their story that we have seen brought to the big screen by none other than Beyoncé in Dreamgirls. We are talking about what they meant for the entire record industry starting from Motown, a label that, thanks (also) to the hits of The Supremes, has become the giant of soul that has given the world immortal works and artists.
Thanks to the talent and charisma of the vocal trio that managed to go from being the “shoulder group” of a male band, The Primes, to becoming the leading artists of the entire label which, within it, could already boast artists of the caliber of Marvin Gaye.
Florence Ballard, Mary Wilson and Diana Ross
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A farewell, that to Mary Wilson, which today has an even more bitter taste: only a few days ago, in fact, the singer had published a video on YouTube in which she announced great news for The Supremes and their fans. News that, today more than ever, will come to celebrate the figure. The art. And the revolution.