The Supremes singer Mary Wilson (76) died

Singer Mary Wilson, known for singing group The Supremes, died. The American died at the age of 76 at her home in Las Vegas. What she died of has not been disclosed.

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late 1950s, Wilson formed The Primettes together with Diana Ross, Florence Ballard and Betty McGlown. Two years later, the quartet signed a record deal with Motown and changed the name of the band to The Supremes.

“ I am extremely shocked and saddened by this news,” said Berry Gordy, founder of Motown in American media. “Mary was a pioneer, a diva, she will be greatly missed.”

Number 1 hits

The Supremes is considered to be one of the most important music groups in the US and Europe. The women played an important role in the breakthrough of African-American rhythm-and-blues music.

The Supremes achieved the biggest successes in the late 1960s, scoring number 1 hits as Where Did Our Love Go, Baby Love, Stop! In The Name Of Love, You Can‘t Hurry Love and You Keep Me Hangin’ On.

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The composition of the group changed several times. The name changed again later, to Diana Ross & The Supremes. When Mary Wilson, the longest-seated singer, left in 1977 to start a solo career, the group fell apart.

Wilson released a solo album in 1979 and 1992. In 1986, her biography Dreamgirl: My Life as a Supreme appeared, which became a bestseller.

YouTube video

A few days ago, Wilson posted another video on YouTube in which she announced she was working with a large record label to release a new solo album with never released material before.

“ Hopefully some of it will come out on my birthday, March 6,” she says in the video.

The funeral will take place in a small circle because of corona, but the intention is to hold a major memorial service later this year.