Sep 26, 2014
Today's musical landscape would be much different if not for the Supremes, and particularly, Diana Ross. The Supremes were the most popular "girl group" of the 1960's, and the most successful vocal group of the period after the Beatles. The Supremes released hit after hit, charting a dozen number one hits between 1964 and 1969. Ultimately, in 1969, the original group split up, with Diana Ross going more or less solo, touring as Diana Ross & the Supremes, though without Florence Ballard and Mary Wilson.
The influence of the Supremes was vital in shaping the Motown sound and R&B. Similarly, the influence of Diana Ross and her solo work on R&B and Disco cannot be understated. The sounds they pioneered can be found throughout today's music, and modern musicians, both female and male, owe them a debt of gratitude for their groundbreaking work. This week, DJDeedle salutes the queens of popular music, both as a group and in their solo careers, the supremely special Supremes.