10 Facts About The Supremes


The Supremes were an American female singing group and a premier act of Motown Records during the 1960s.

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Between 1961 and 1963, the Supremes released six singles, starting with "I Want a Guy" and "Buttered Popcorn" on Motown subsidiary label Tamla.

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The Supremes deliberately embraced a more glamorous image than previous black performers.

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Eschewing plain appearances and basic dance routines, the Supremes appeared onstage in detailed make-up and high-fashion gowns and wigs, and performed graceful choreography created by Motown choreographer Cholly Atkins.

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The Supremes's attempted a solo career with ABC Records, and was forced to formally reject a solo contract offered by Motown as part of her settlement.

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Besides the fact that both groups had come up together, the pairings made financial sense: the Supremes had a mostly white fanbase, while the Temptations a mostly black fanbase.

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In 1972, the Supremes had their last Top 20 hit single release, "Floy Joy", written and produced by Smokey Robinson, followed by the final US Top 40 hit for the Jean Terrell-led version of the group, "Automatically Sunshine" .

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The group's new recordings were not as successful as their earlier releases, although "He's My Man" from the album The Supremes was a popular disco hit in 1975.

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The Supremes are notable for the influences they have had on black girl groups who have succeeded them in popular music, such as The Three Degrees, The Emotions, The Pointer Sisters, En Vogue, TLC, Destiny's Child and Cleopatra.

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The 1974 line-up of the Supremes was considered for this reunion, which was to include new recordings and a tour.

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