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SWINGING SISTERS

Girl groups have been popular throughout the world for more than fifty years. With their catchy music, flashy outfits, and perfect harmonies, who could resist them?

THE SUPREMES

The Supremes are the original girl group. They grew up in housing projects in Detroit, Michigan and rose to fame in the early 1960s. They sang Motown, which bridged pop and soul music. In 1965, they set a record for the most consecutive number one hits by an American group. These songs included “Stop! In the Name of Love”, “Baby Love” and “I Hear a Symphony”. Members Diana Ross, Florence Ballard and Mary Wilson impressively broke into a field dominated by white men.

Despite their unprecedented successes, tension was inevitable. Ballard left the group shortly before their name was changed to “Diana Ross and the Supremes”. She didn’t like that the group focused mainly on Ross. Ross later left the group too and became a successful solo recording artist and movie star. The Supremes had their last performance in 1977, and in the eighties their rags-to-riches tale was turned into the Broadway musical Dreamgirls.

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