Supremes (The)

Birth place: Detroit, Michigan (USA)

Citizenship : USA

Occupation : Singer
Active Years: 1959-1977


The Supremes were an American female singing group and the premier act of Motown Records during the 1960s. Originally founded as the Primettes in Detroit, Michigan, in 1959, the Supremes were the most commercially successful of Motown's acts and are, to date, America's most successful vocal group with 12 number one singles on the Billboard Hot 100. Most of these hits were written and produced by Motown's main songwriting and production team, Holland–Dozier–Holland. At their peak in the mid-1960s, the Supremes rivaled the Beatles in worldwide popularity, and their success made it possible for future African American R&B and soul musicians to find mainstream success.


Founding members Florence Ballard, Mary Wilson, Diana Ross, and Betty McGlown, all from the Brewster-Douglass public housing project in Detroit, formed the Primettes as the sister act to the Primes (with Paul Williams and Eddie Kendricks, who went on to form the Temptations). Barbara Martin replaced McGlown in 1960, and the group signed with Motown the following year as the Supremes. Martin left the act in early 1962, and Ross, Ballard, and Wilson carried on as a trio.

During the mid-1960s, the Supremes achieved mainstream success with Ross as lead singer. In 1967, Motown president Berry Gordy renamed the group Diana Ross & the Supremes, and replaced Ballard with Cindy Birdsong. Ross left to pursue a solo career in 1970 and was replaced by Jean Terrell, at which point the group's name reverted to the Supremes. After 1972, the lineup changed more frequently; Lynda Laurence, Scherrie Payne, and Susaye Greene all became members of the group during the mid-1970s. The Supremes disbanded in 1977 after an 18-year run.

The Supremes timeline & their Discography:

The Primettes 1959–1960
(Florence Ballard, Diana Ross, Mary Wilson & Betty McGlown)


The Primettes/The Supremes 1960–1962
(Florence Ballard, Diana Ross, Mary Wilson & Barbara Martin)


The Supremes 1962-1967
(Florence Ballard, Diana Ross & Mary Wilson)

  • 1962      Meet The Supremes
  • 1964      Where Did Our Love Go
  • 1964      A Bit of Liverpool            
  • 1965      The Supremes Sing Country, Western and Pop
  • 1965      We Remember Sam Cooke       
  • 1965      More Hits by The Supremes     
  • 1965      Merry Christmas 1         
  • 1966      I Hear a Symphony        
  • 1966      The Supremes A' Go-Go             
  • 1967      The Supremes Sing Holland–Dozier–Holland    
  • 1967      The Supremes Sing Rodgers & Hart 


Diana Ross & the Supremes 1967-1970
(Diana Ross, Mary Wilson & Cindy Birdsong)

  • 1968      Reflections        
  • 1968      Diana Ross & the Supremes Sing and Perform "Funny Girl"       
  • 1968      Diana Ross & the Supremes Join The Temptations 2     
  • 1968      Love Child          
  • 1969      Let the Sunshine In       
  • 1969      Together 2        
  • 1969      Cream of the Crop 

The Supremes 1970-1973

(Mary Wilson, Cindy Birdsong, Jean Terrell & Lynda Laurence)

  • 1970      Right On             
  • 1970      The Magnificent 7 3      
  • 1970      New Ways but Love Stays          
  • 1971      The Return of the Magnificent Seven 3               
  • 1971      Touch  
  • 1971      Dynamite 3       
  • 1972      Floy Joy              
  • 1972      The Supremes Produced and Arranged by Jimmy Webb      


The Supremes 1973-1976
(Mary Wilson, Cindy Birdsong & Scherrie Payne)

  • 1975      The Supremes
  • 1976      High Energy      


The Supremes 1976-1977
(Mary Wilson, Scherrie Payne & Susaye Greene)

  • 1976      Mary, Scherrie & Susaye