Mary Wilson, co-founder of The Supremes, has died

The singer Mary Wilson, founder of the trio The Supremes along with Diana Ross and Florence Ballard , died at the age of 76 at her home in Henderson, Nevada.

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The death of the singer was confirmed by her representative, who did not specify the reasons for the death, according to the BBC.

Together with Diana Ross and Florence Ballard, Mary Wilson formed one of the most successful and influential female groups in modern music, with which they conquered the charts of the sixties around the world with songs like “You can’t hurry love”, “Stop! In the name of love ”and“ Baby love ”.

Originally from Detroit, The Supremes became the most successful group on the Motown record label, with which they achieved up to twelve number one on the North American charts.

Following the departure of Diana Ross from the group, Mary Wilson remained a member of The Supremes until its final dissolution in 1977.

In the last interview she gave, published last January in The Hollywood Reporter, Wilson was open to a meeting of the Supremes if Diana Ross , the leader of the group, agreed. Ross embarked on a solo career after giving his last concert with the group in Las Vegas in 1970.

On their origins, Wilson recalled how the trio would sit “every day on the doorstep of Motown, until one day a producer came out and told us that he needed a group to play the background clapping. As they were minors, in 1961, their parents had to sign their contracts.

They became famous in the 1964-1965 season, when they placed five consecutive number 1s on the charts: “Then the Civil Rights Act was passed. We became divas and citizens in the same year, “recalled Wilson in the aforementioned interview.

“Since our parents were poor, and their parents had been slaves and things like that, they raised us knowing that we were black and that we had to be the best we could be (…) So we were always like that, but when we started traveling the world We weren’t just black We were human beings. We were respected. We were loved ”, he added.

Although there were great African-American singers before The Supremes like Sammy Davis and Lena Horn, they were the first to enjoy the massive success that television could provide: “I think television really helped us become very famous in the 60s, you know. , people could see us all over the United States and see black people in a different light, ”the now-deceased singer explained last month .

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