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Diana Ross & The Supremes Sing Smokey: A Retrospective

“I’ll gather melodies from birdies that fly…and compose you a tune…” In the annals of music history, The Supremes will forever be linked to Holland-Dozier-Holland, the writing-producing team responsible for ten of the singing trio’s twelve #1 pop hits.  And this is … Continue reading

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GR-R-R-R: Supremes “Roar” in Billboard (5/18/65)

They say May weather either acts like a lion or a lamb…but back in 1965, three “tigers” were bringing plenty of sunshine to the airwaves. This is a great full-page ad from the May 18, 1965 issue of Billboard, promoting the initial five … Continue reading

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February Ends With A “Stop!” (2/27/65)

This full-page ad ran in the February 27, 1965 issue of Billboard, predicting that then-current Supremes single “Stop! In The Name Of Love” would become the group’s 4th consecutive #1 hit.  Exactly one month later, that prediction came true, as the song … Continue reading

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“You Can’t Hurry Love” Billboard Ad (8/13/66)

Of the many Supremes ads I’ve recently found in back issues of Billboard magazine, this one has got to be my favorite.  This beautiful full-page, color advertisement ran in the August 13, 1966 issue of the magazine, promoting the recently-released single “You Can’t … Continue reading

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Mary Wilson Remembers Dr. King

In honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day — here’s another look at the interview I conducted with Mary Wilson, during which she talked about Dr. King and his relationship with Motown.  Yes, when I’m not blogging about Diana … Continue reading

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“Love Is Here…” 50 Years Ago in Billboard

Check out this gorgeous full-page ad from the February 11, 1967 issue of Billboard.  “Love Is Here And Now You’re Gone” (from The Supremes Sing Holland-Dozier-Holland) had just been released in January, and was climbing toward the top spot on the Billboard … Continue reading

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Additional Supremes Christmas Tracks (Released 2015)

“Let them go…let them go…let them try their wings…” 2015 brought a Christmas to remember for Supremes fans, as the fine folks at Motown Select released an expanded edition of the 1965 classic Merry Christmas.  This deluxe digital package included both … Continue reading

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A Demand Release: Supremes Christmas Ad, 1965

We’re less than a week away from Thanksgiving — and I don’t know about you, but for me that means it’s finally time to pull out my various versions of Merry Christmas by The Supremes and keep them spinning for the duration … Continue reading

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BATTLE OF THE ADS, Part 2: Billboard Magazine (12/26/64)

The December 26, 1964 issue of Billboard (available online via Google Books) features another promotional “battle” of sorts — this time, pitting the first Queen of Motown against the record label’s newest Golden Girls. Mary Wells, of course, began the year as Motown’s … Continue reading

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BATTLE OF THE ADS: Billboard Magazine (11/7/64)

Check this out — the November 7, 1964 issue of Billboard (available online via Google Books) was an unusually snarky one, thanks to two record companies battling it out over the song “Come See About Me.” A full-page ad from Motown proclaims an … Continue reading

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