UMe versions The Motown Anthology March 4
Supremes founder Mary Wilson has earned her place in music history. She was the only original member of The Supremes in every incarnation of the groundbreaking group from start to finish (1961 to 1977), but her story didn’t end with The Supremes. Wilson, the world-renowned performer, was an advocate for social and economic challenges in the United States and abroad and used his fame and flair to promote various humanitarian efforts including ending hunger, raising awareness to HIV/AIDS and the promotion of world peace.
On October 11, 2018, the Music Modernization Act was passed. Wilson played a key role in explaining its importance to members of Congress and how it directly affected artists. She has always fought for the rights of artists and served in the Senate chambers when it passed unanimously. She continued to make music, perform to adoring fans around the world, wrote several best-selling books, and continued to protect artists’ rights and promote the legacy of the Supremes.
Today, the late legend’s remarkable musical legacy is brought together for the very first time in a 2 CDs Position. UMe is proud to present Mary Wilson’s Motown Anthology. Slated for a March 4 release, in celebration of his March 6 birthday, this first-ever comprehensive look at Wilson’s Motown discography features 38 songs, including 33 tracks only physically available on this collection. The first track, “Falling In Love (Live at The Frontier January 13, 1970)” is now available for streaming and download.
The Motown Anthology features nearly two dozen Supremes classics, deep cuts and unreleased songs (most in stunning new mixes) from a host of songwriters, including Berry Gordy, Smokey Robinson, Holland-Dozier-Holland, Deke Richards, Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil, Thom Bell and Linda Creed, and others. In addition to the first world CD of 1979 Mary Wilson album, The Motown Anthology premieres on CD solo tracks produced by the late Gus Dudgeon, the first available album version of Wilson’s new single “Why Can’t We All Get Along” and Eric Kupper’s remix of “Red Hot”. And, perhaps most intriguingly, the collection features seven songs that haven’t been heard anywhere: “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You” and “Falling in Love with Love” from the Supremes’ unreleased January 13 concert at Frontier; “Send It to Me”, “If You Let Me Baby”, “Son of a Preacher”, “Witchi Tai To”, and “Anytime”.
The set was overseen by Turkessa Babich, daughter of Mary Wilson, and Jay D. Schwartz, her longtime publicist, with her 44-page booklet stuffed with rare and never-before-seen color photos. The booklet also contains detailed track annotations and exclusive tributes to Mary from such personalities as Dionne Warwick, Darlene Love, Otis Williams, Duke Fakir, Martha Reeves, Claudette Robinson, Brian and Edward Holland, Paul McCartney, Rita Coolidge, Merry Clayton, Brenda Russell, Blinky Williams and RuPaul. Secretary Hillary Rodham Clinton also wrote a special appreciation for this ultimate celebration of supreme legend Mary Wilson.
Also on March 4, the GRAMMY Museum LA Live will host a tribute to Mary Wilson in honor of what would have been her 78th birthday on March 6. The GRAMMY Museum program event will consist of a panel discussion moderated by Janice Rhoshalle Littlejohn (journalist, author, broadcaster, producer and currently adjunct teacher for the Annenberg Masters in Arts Journalism), featuring Mary Wilson’s daughter , Turkessa Babich, Claudette Robinson, and other family members, friends, and celebrities.
Special video tributes from Michelle Chapman (Florence Ballard’s daughter), Rita Coolidge, Four Tops, Linda Greene, Tamron Hall, Barbara Hawkins (Dixie Cups), Bubba Knight, Pointer Sisters, Temptations, Dionne Warwick and many more will part of the party special.
In February 2021, Wilson died of hypertensive atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease at the age of 77 at her home in Hendersonville, NV. At the time of his passing, his friends and fans were unable to participate in a celebration of life. Wilson’s wish was to throw a party with his family, friends and fans around the world.
Tickets at the event can be purchased online in advance. Participants will be able to purchase a copy of The Motown Anthology as well as Wilson’s Supreme Glamor book in the GRAMMY Museum retail store during the program.
Fans who can’t attend will be able to watch the show on Mary Wilson’s birthday on Sunday, March 6 at 6 p.m. ET / 3 p.m. PT. collectionlive.comthe official GRAMMY Museum streaming service.
- Pretty Baby (Mono Single Version) – Les Primettes
- Baby Don’t Go (2021 Alternate Mix) – The Supremes
- The Tears (Stereo Mix) – The Supremes
- Our Day Will Come (2021 Alternate Mix) – Les Suprêmes
- Come Get Those Memories (Alternate Mix) – Diana Ross & The Supremes
- Can’t Take My Eyes Off You (Live at The Frontier January 13, 1970) – Diana Ross & The Supremes
- Falling In Love With Love (Live at The Frontier January 13, 1970) – Diana Ross & The Supremes
- Send it to me – The Supremes
- If You Let Me Baby – The Supremes
- Son of a preacher – Les Suprêmes
- Witchi Tai To – The Supremes
- Touch (Alternate Mix 2021) – The Supremes
- Floy Joy (Alternate Mix 2021) – The Supremes
- Automatically Sunshine (2021 Alternate Mix) – Les Suprêmes
- I Keep It Hid (Alternative Vocals & Mixing 2021) – The Supremes
- Can We Love Again (Outtake) – The Supremes
- Early Morning Love (Alternate Vocals & Mixing 2021) – The Supremes
- You Turn Me Around (2021 Alternate Mix) – Les Suprêmes
- You’re What’s Missing In My Life (2021 Alternate Mix Edit) – The Supremes
- Don’t Let My Tears Bother You (2021 Alternate Voice & Mix) – The Supremes
- Till The Boat Sails Away (Alternate Vocals & Mixing 2021) – The Supremes
- I Don’t Want To Lose You (2021 Alternate Voice & Mix) – The Supremes
- We Should Be Closer Together (Alternate Voice & Mix 2021) – The Supremes
- You Are The Heart Of Me (Alternative Vocals & Mixing 2021) – The Supremes
- Anytime – Mary Wilson
- Hot Red – Mary Wilson
- I got what you need – Mary Wilson
- You Make Me Feel So Good – Mary Wilson
- (I love a) hot summer night – Mary Wilson
- Picking Up the Pieces – Mary Wilson
- You are the light that guides my path – Mary Wilson
- Midnight Dancer – Mary Wilson
- Save Me (The Gus Dudgeon Sessions) – Mary Wilson
- Love Talk (The Gus Dudgeon Sessions) – Mary Wilson
- Green River (The Gus Dudgeon Sessions) – Mary Wilson
- You Danced My Heart Around the Stars (The Gus Dudgeon Sessions) – Mary Wilson
- Why Can’t We All Get Along – Mary Wilson
- Red Hot (Eric Kupper’s Remix) – Mary Wilson