Mary Wilson, a founding member of The Supremes, has died on the age of 76, her publicist has mentioned.
Wilson died immediately at her house in Henderson, Nev., on Monday. A press release confirming her loss of life didn’t give a trigger.
Wilson, a singer in addition to best-selling creator, helped kind feminine singing group The Primettes in Detroit in 1959, alongside Diana Ross, Florence Ballard and Betty McGlown. The latter left the group and was changed. Wilson, Ross and Ballard went on to get pleasure from big success as trio The Supremes.
Below the Motown Data label, the group scored 12 No. 1 hits with songs like Child Love, Come See About Me, Again In My Arms Once more, You Cannot Hurry Love and Cease! Within the Identify of Love, and nonetheless stays influential a long time later.
Wilson stayed on with The Supremes even after different unique members left and new ones joined the lineup. The group break up in 1977 and she or he pursued a solo profession.
“The Supremes had been all the time often called the ‘sweethearts of Motown,'” Motown founder Berry Gordy mentioned in a press release.
“I used to be all the time pleased with Mary. She was fairly a star in her personal proper and through the years continued to work onerous to spice up the legacy of The Supremes … She was a trailblazer, a diva and shall be deeply missed.”
The Supremes had been inducted into the Rock and Roll Corridor of Fame in 1988. The Broadway play and movement image Dreamgirls was loosely primarily based on their story.
As a consequence of COVID-19 restrictions, a funeral service for Wilson shall be non-public, the assertion mentioned. A celebration of her life is anticipated later within the yr.