Late Night Video: Some Supremes classics on the 71st anniversary of Florence Ballard’s birth
DREAMGIRL: Aside from Supremes fans, there might not be a lot of younger people aware of who Florence Ballard was.
That’s a pity because she was one-third of the most successful female musical group in history.
Miss Ballard was girlhood friends with Diana Ross and Mary Wilson and they formed The Primettes while in their teens. When it came time to choose another name when signed to Motown, it was Florence who chose The Supremes.
It was a fairy tale story of three girls from the Brewster housing projects in Detroit who found worldwide fame.
But for Florence, it was not to last and she was forced out of the group in 1967 and quickly replaced by Cindy Birdsong.
Her attempts at a solo career were not successful and she died of a heart attack in 1976 at the young age of 32.
In 1988, she was inducted posthumously into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as an original member of The Supremes.
Here are some performances by the Florence Ballard with the Supremes: