Yep, its that time of the week again, and today we turn our attention to Mary Wilson.
So it is somewhere around the late 80’s, probably 1989. I am still a youngster that notices and enjoys music, but hasn’t really developed a love of music. I am going through a phase of enjoying the music of the 1950’s/1960’s rock and roll – I think most people have a phase here, as you probably have to appreciate this before you can move forward. I hear word of a big concert tour coming down under – “The Legends of Rock and Roll Down Under” – how’s this for a line up: Lesley Gore, Chuck Berry, the Everly Brothers, Mary Wilson, Bo Diddley, Jerry Lee Lewis, and hosted by Australian rock and roll pioneer Col Joye.
Anyway, to my young ignorant self, all of those names sounded familiar, except for Mary Wilson. Who was she and what was she doing amongst that line up of people? Of course these days, we can quickly and discreetly hop on our phones and google to find out that she was one of the founding members of the Supremes, but back then it wasn’t so easy.
I became delighted to learn that one of the shows was going to be televised on TV – in fact you can still find the full concert on youtube nowadays – I will post the link in the comments, and it wasn’t until then (taped onto a VCR as it would have been past my bedtime) that I got to watch the show and discover that Mary Wilson was in fact from the Supremes.
As she belted out Love Child, Reflections, Can’t Hurry Love and others, I really began to realise how prolific the Supremes actually were. And Wilson in fact outlasted both Diana Ross and Florence Ballard as the last remaining member. Given its Wilson’s week here, I won’t mention that perhaps Ross went on to achieve bigger and greater things in that time…..
I found this on youtube – it’s a medley of Supremes songs with Wilson on lead. What you will find is that probably it doesn’t have the big name songs you would ordinarily associate with the Supremes, but that is probably not a surprise.
But over to you all – what are your favourite Supremes songs/memories.