Mary Wilson, a founding member of The Supremes, died Monday at her home in Las Vegas at the age of 76.
Berry Gordy, founder of the Motown record label, said in a statement;
“The Supremes were always known as the ‘sweethearts of Motown,'” “Mary, along with Diana Ross and Florence Ballard, came to Motown in the early 1960s. After an unprecedented string of No. 1 hits, television and nightclub bookings, they opened doors for themselves, the other Motown acts, and many, many others… She was a trailblazer, a diva and will be deeply missed.”
The Supremes claimed a dozen No. 1 singles, five of which were consecutive from 1964-1965. “Where Did Our Love Go,” “Baby Love,” “Come See About Me,” “Stop! In the Name of Love” and “Back in My Arms Again,” all topped the charts.
Services will be private due to the Covid-19 pandemic, but a celebration of her life will take place later this year, Wilson’s representatives said. May her soul rest in peace.