Mary Wilson Celebrates The 50th Anniversary Of The Supremes First #1 Hit

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Today marks the 50th anniversary since Motown’s biggest all-female group The Supremes topped the charts with their first No. 1 hit “Where Did Our Love Go?”

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the song’s release on June 17, 1964, one of the original members of The Supremes, Mary Wilson, called in to share memories of her time with the group.

Not only did “Where Did Our Love Go?” mark The Supremes’ first of twelve No. 1 hits on the Billboard Hot 100, Mary notes that it was also “the first of five consecutive number ones,” a feat not many artists or groups can proclaim.

“It was something that wasn’t really happening in those days. It was major,” said Mary.

To this day, Mary even remembers where she was the day the song was released. She recalls that the group was actually on the road with the ‘Dick Clark Caravan Of Stars’ tour when the song was released and The Supremes rocketed to fame overnight. But she reveals that the group nearly missed that opportunity to go on tour with the Dick Clark Caravan of Stars.

“It was amazing because Dick didn’t want to take us [on tour], he said I just want Brenda [Holloway],” Mary recalled. “Anyway, they took us, and the record was released while we were on the tour…but the record became number one and we became stars on the tour.”

And the rest is history. The Supremes went on to So does Mary still stay in touch with any of the other original Supremes Florence Ballard or Diana Ross? She says she doesn’t see much of them these days, but was reunited with them at the opening of Motown: The Musical.

“We did see each other at the Broadway musical in New York…we were all up on stage after the play, and you know, everyone embraced…it was really a great, great time,” she said.

For fans of The Supremes, Mary Wilson has a new album available now on iTunes and Amazon called Life’s Been Good To Me, plus Motown recently released a Supremes Funny Girl album the group did “years ago.”

Listen to more memories from the original Supreme, Mary Wilson, in the clip below!

Mary Wilson

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