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WATCH: Mary Wilson talking about fellow Supreme Diana Ross in interviews from 1986 through 2017

I’ve long had a fascination with the Supremes and was bitterly disappointed back in 2000 when a proposed reunion tour did not happen.

With the death earlier today of founding member Mary Wilson, that is now impossible.

Turns out failed negotiations for that proposed tour 21 years ago turned out to be the final nail in the coffin in the relationship between Miss Wilson and Diana Ross who founded the group with their childhood friend Florence Ballard.

In this series of interviews spanning 1986 through 2017, Miss Wilson talks about her life as a Supreme, about Dreamgirls, about Miss Ross and their various falling outs.

I did find her disingenuous in some interviews as she talked about things like the Motown 25 special where she and Diana badly clashed – something she detailed in her book quite differently. And I still think it’s a pity she didn’t take that last opportunity to tour. It would’ve meant so much to the fans to see Diana, Mary, and Flo Ballard’s replacement Cindy Birdsong together again.

But we have so many wonderful memories of the greatest girl group of all time.

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  1. Greg, I always enjoy reading your posts and I too am a big fan of The Supremes. I was so glad to see that you too felt that Mary was disingenuous in some interviews. I always felt that the truth was always somewhere in the middle. While I don’t deny the fact that Diana may have done everything that Mary claims that she did; but it shouldn’t be denied that Diana Ross also had star quality and worked her butt off to get where she did.
    Mary claimed in an interview in Jet Magazine in 2001, that she turned down the Return to Love tour to finish her degree. (Although, she did get an associate’s degree from NYU’s adult education program
    , we all know that she did not tour because negotiations fell apart over money.
    As much as I liked Mary and respected her for keeping the Supremes’ legacy alive, I felt that she was at times wushu washy. Mary also played a part in Florence leaving the group, but she is more than happy to let Diana shoulder the blame all by herself.
    Sadly as you said it, there will be no chance to see Mary, Diana, and Cindy Birdsong song together again.

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