Dreamgirl and Supreme Faith: My Life as a Supreme

Dreamgirl and Supreme Faith: My Life as a Supreme

Mary Wilson

Language: English

Pages: 752

ISBN: 081541000X

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


More than 40 years ago, three girls from the Detroit projects made the world 'Stop!' and take notice of their fresh harmonies and classy style. Cultivated by the Motown star machine, Mary Wilson, Diana Ross, and Florence Ballard popped onto the charts with hits like "Baby Love" and "Where Did Our Love Go" and made the Supremes not only a household name, but rock and roll legends. The story of their journey to fame is one that fairy tales are made of―complete with battles, tragedies, and triumphs. It's a story that only one of the founders of this talented trio is able or willing to share with the world.
In Dreamgirls & Supreme Faith: My Life as a Supreme, Supremes' co-founder Mary Wilson boldly brings to life all the intimate details of the group's struggle to top the charts. This is the first book to tell the complete story of Mary's courageous life from childhood through the height of the Supremes, to the turn of the century. This beautiful paperback edition combines the best-selling Dreamgirls with the sequel, Supreme Faith: Someday We'll Be Together, for the first time in one volume. The new afterword brings Mary's intriguing story up to date with details on. . .
· The tragic car accident that claimed her son's life
· The death of her mother, Johnnie Mae, and her dear friend, Mary Wells
· Becoming a grandmother
· Making her peace with Berry Gordy and Diana Ross
· Being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and receiving a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame
The Supremes wonderful music isn't the only thing to remain in the public's mind. Diana Ross' push for dominance in the trio has become legendary. Mary Wilson speaks candidly about Ross' tactics to latch onto Berry Gordy, and force her will on the group's activities. For example, while on the early tours, Diana would threaten to call Gordy from the road if the men on the bus didn't behave to her approval. She also openly pushed for Flo's removal from the group. Wilson also openly shares her thoughts on . . .The group's never-ending b

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discipline problem and that they were considering placing him in a reform school. I firmly believe that in Willie, God gave me a chance to do something for someone in my own family. So I asked Christine if I could perhaps have Willie come live with me, so that I could give him the attention he needed. Because I had seen so many children in my travels around the world whom I would have loved to adopt, I felt that here in my own family was someone who needed some special care and could benefit

he’d heard from the Trademark Office that Motown owned the name. It was odd that it had taken him months to find that out. I was beginning to lose my grasp of all the legal intricacies. I did know, though, that I needed the name. Since getting 50 percent was better than getting nothing, I signed, against Pedro’s advice. He told me that I would regret signing this deal, and he was right. The ink had barely dried on the new five-year contract when Abner said, “Look, Mar-ry, Motown should be

consisted of our own renditions of the most popular tunes. Milton was always there beside us. He took his job of manager very seriously, driving us to the gigs, protecting and guiding us. If we were ever paid for these performances, we never knew it. Besides, the money would have represented only a fraction of what Milton spent on us. Still, as time passed, we became increasingly curious about what we had come to think of as Milton’s secret life. We now felt we had arrived, and our top priority

didn’t make up for such a breach of courtesy, especially after she hadn’t said more than a handful of words to me the last two times I’d visited her backstage. I was growing weary of constantly turning the other cheek. Pedro insisted that I go straight home and skip the after-show party, which, of course, he attended with Cindy, Scherrie, and assorted other guests, including Gladys Knight, Natalie Cole, Sarah Dash, Lola Falana, Freda Payne, and a group of Motown VIPs. The next morning we left

with whites. In 1949 I started kindergarten at the Boynton School. My school in southwest Detroit was integrated. Most of my teachers were white. My first teacher, Mrs. Shufeldt, encouraged me to join the school glee club. When we participated in a citywide choir competition at the Ford Auditorium, I felt like the luckiest six-year-old in town. I loved to sing, and would take as many singing classes as I could throughout school. Making other school trips showed me that there was a great big world

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