Mary Wilson, The Supremes Founding Member Dead At 76
Mary Wilson from The Supremes has died aged 76. According to her publicist, the Motown singer suddenly died on Monday night at her home in Las Vegas.
Mary was best known for co-founding The Supremes at the age of just 15 alongside Diana Ross and Florence Ballard in Detroit.
She stayed with the Motown Records trio until its dissolution in 1977 according to The Mirror.
In a statement, Motown label’s founder Berry Gordy said Mary was:
A trailblazer, a diva and will be deeply missed. 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. The Supremes were always known as the ‘sweethearts of Motown’. Mary, along with Diana Ross and Florence Ballard, came to Motown in the early 1960s. After an unprecedented string of No. 1 hit, television, and nightclub bookings, they opened doors for themselves, the other Motown acts, and many, many others. I was always proud of Mary.
Just two days before her death, Mary uploaded a video to her YouTube channel to say she was planning to release new music.
She said she had been working with Universal Music on releasing solo material, including the unreleased album Red Hot, which she recorded in the 1970s.
Wilson found major success once more with her memoir: Dreamgirl: My Life as a Supreme in 1986. The book remained on the national best-seller list for months and established a sales record for the genre.
The book focused on the early career of the Supremes and its success during the 1960s. Four years later, in 1990, Wilson released her second memoir: Supreme Faith: Someday We’ll Be Together, also a best-seller, which focused on the Supremes in the 1970s.