Mary Wilson Reminisces About Performing On The Ed Sullivan Show

As part of the founding members of one of the biggest Motown acts in the ’60s, singer Mary Wilson of [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]The Supremes[/lastfm] has contributed decades of music and performances both as part of the all girl group and as a solo act.

Currently in Los Angeles to promote her latest performance this week, “Stormy Weather: The Lena Horne Project,” and the DVD release of The Best Of The Supremes On The Ed Sullivan Show, Mary joined us on the K-EARTH 101 Morning Show to reminisce about those memorable performances on the iconic Ed Sullivan stage and competing with another act in music…The Beatles.

The new DVD release of The Best Of The Supremes On The Ed Sullivan Show showcases those iconic appearances The Supremes made on the biggest show of the time. The DVD features the best appearances of The Supremes throughout their career, including the very first black and white performance of “Come See About Me.”

“What was really amazing was that we had watched the Ed Sullivan Show, and so now to finally be on the Ed Sullivan Show was absolutely thrilling,” recalls Mary. “But also scary, because this was a big one.”

This Thursday, you have a chance to see Mary Wilson perform live in a specail concert “Stormy Weather: The Lena Horne Project,” which combines story, songs and visuals portraying the American icon of Lena Horne. For more information on the concert this Thursday, Sept. 29th at Musicians Institute, click here.

We talked more with Mary about her many Ed Sullivan appearances as well as competing with The Beatles during the ’60s. Listen to our full interview below!

  • Joanna

    Fantastic interview with Mary! Loved hearing about Ed Sullivan, Topo Gigio and, of course, The Supremes.

    The Supremes on The Ed Sullivan Show sounds like an amazing collection. Heading to Amazon now to get myself a copy.

  • Rainbow

    I first remember hearing her song “My Guy” when I was in my teens (when I first got hooked on oldies music) . She’s had a hell of a career with the Supremes and then with a solo career

    I have seen episodes of The Ed Sullivan Show on DVD and Youtube along with other classic groups and singers such as Jim Morrison and the Doors, The Beatles, Elvis, Janis Joplin and I do remember seeing her with the Supremes on that show as well> ClassicS!


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