Mary Wilson, founding member of the Supremes, dies at 76

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Mary Wilson, founding member of the Supremes, has died aged 76.

Wilson, who started the Motown band at just 15, died suddenly at her Las Vegas home, her publicist has confirmed.

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, his funeral will be private but a public memorial will be held later this year.

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During her time in The Supremes, of which she remained a member until 1977, she helped the singers become one of the greatest girl groups of all time.

Berry Gordy, the founder of the Motown label offered his condolences in a press release last night.

“I was extremely shocked and saddened to learn of the passing of a major member of the Motown family, Mary Wilson of The Supreme. The Supremes have always been known as the ‘Lovers of Motown,'” he said. .

Mary, along with Diana Ross and Florence Ballard, came to Motown in the early 1960s. After an unprecedented string of No. 1 hits, television bookings and nightclubs, they opened doors for themselves, other Motown bands and many more. … I have always been proud of Mary. She was a star in her own right and over the years she continued to work hard to build on the Supremes’ legacy. Mary Wilson was extremely special to me. She was a pioneer, a diva and she will be deeply missed.

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Along with Florence Ballard and the band’s lead singer, Diana Ross, Wilson sang on The Supreme’s 12 number-one hits from 1964 to 1969.

Some of them included Baby Love, Where has our love gone? and Come see me.

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