Dreamgirl My Life as a Supreme Author:Mary Wilson When Mary Wilson was fourteen years old, her friend Florence Ballard invited her to sing with anew group, the Primettes. Flo, Mary, and Diane Ross joined Betty McGlown, and they debuted at the Local Autoworkers Union Hall Annual Dance. In only three short years, they had their first local hit - 'Buttered Popcorn', with Florence singing lead- a... more »nd they were being called the Supremes. They would go on to become the most popular female singing group of time, and until now, their story- the true story- has never been told. It is the story the late Florence Ballard never can tell. It is the story Diana Ross never will tell. It is Dreamgirl: My Life as a Supreme.
Dreamgirl is the Cinderella tale of three girls from the Brewster Projects of Detroit who built a musical legacy equaled in magnitude only by Elvis and the Beatles, remembered as only an insider could remember it. It is all the glamour of sudden success, of Motown Records in its glowing youth, of beaded, sequinned gowns and of meeting royalty. But Dreamgirl is also the dark side of the glamour, and it tells us why the Supremes really moved so quickly from background hand-clappers to recording stars at Motown; how a trio with three lead singers became 'Diana Ross and the Supremes' with only one; the truth about Diane Ross' early strategy for solo success- and the man who helped her attainit; how Motown treated its stars- for better and for worse; the battles between Diana and Flo, between Flo and Berry Gordy, and between the various Motown stars who were envious of the Supremes' success; the dramatic, behind-the-scenes maneuvering that forced Florence Ballard out of the Supremes- with Cindy Birdsong waiting in the wings to replace her; the denouement of Florence Ballard's lonely death.
Here is the Supreme's story, no holds barred. It is a dramatic inside look at one of our most enduring show business legends. Sets the record straight at last.
Mary Wilson continues to perform throughout the world. She makes her home in Hollywood ( at the time of this book )with her four children Turkessa, Pedro Antonio, Jr., Rafael, and Willie.« less