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Mary Wilson with Doc Severinsen and his Big Band at the Smith Center Las Vegas, NV

Posted in News on March 18th, 2014 by MaryWilson

Mary Wilson with Doc Severinsen and his big band March 28, 2014  NorthRidge, California at Valley PAC and March 29, 2014 at The Smith Center Las Vegas, NV  March 28 & 29 are the dates to see Mary Wilson with Doc Severinsen formally with “The Tonight Show” and his Big Band. Enjoy the smooth sounds of Mary Wilson to the nostalgic groove of Doc Severinsen….

Mary Wilson and Four Tops Holiday Spectacular Headed to Chicago

Posted in News on December 23rd, 2013 by MaryWilson

By Hedy Weiss from Suntimes.com

Everything Motown is new again. Detroit may be a city awash in financial woes at the moment, but it can still send out a joyful noise from decades past. And months before the April arrival of Broadway’s “Motown, The Musical” in Chicago, there will be a show featuring some genuine Motown stars — Mary Wilson and The Four Tops.

“Mary Wilson’s Holiday Spectacular,” featuring The Four Tops as special guests, will settle into the Harris Theatre for Music and Dance for the holiday season, running Dec. 23-Jan. 5. It promises to take audiences on a journey through some of the greatest Motown hits, as well as holiday classics, with Wilson, one of the original Supremes accompanied by The Four Tops , the vocal quartet that helped establish the Motown sound with its repertoire of doo-wop, jazz, soul, R & B, disco and show tunes.

Among the favorites to be heard on the program are such hits by The Supremes as “Stop In The Name of Love,” “I Hear a Symphony,” “Come See About Me,” “Can’t Hurry Love,” “Back In Your Arms Again,” Someday We’ll Be Together” and many more. Abdul “Duke” Fakir, an original member of the quartet, will join its newer members for more music of Motown, including “Baby I Need Your Lovin’,” “I Can’t Help Myself (Sugar Pie, Honey Bunch),” Reach Out, I’ll Be There,” “Bernadette,” “Ain’t No Woman Like the One I Got” and “In The Still of the Night.”

Wilson and The Four Tops will then join together, injecting the Motown sound into such holiday classics as “White Christmas,” “Silent Night,” “Winter Wonderland,” “My Favorite Things” and a special rendition of “Baby It’s Cold Outside” sung by Wilson and Fakir.

Pre-sale tickets ($59.99 – $119.99) go on sale Oct. 22 at 10 a.m. and can be purchased online at Ticketmaster.com. General public tickets go on sale Oct. 28 and can be purchased at Ticketmaster.com; HarrisTheaterChicago.org; by calling (312) 334-7777, or by visiting the Harris Theater box office at 205 E. Randolph. For more information visit MW4TOPS.com. Discounted Group Ticket reservations are available for groups of 10 or more at Grouptix.net or by calling (773) 327-3778.

Performances are Dec. 23, 25 – 29, 31 and Jan. 2 – 4 at 8:00 p.m. and Dec. 28 and Jan. 4 – 5 at 3:00 p.m. The Dec. 31 show is at 10 p.m. — a special New Year’s eve performance with details to be announced later. There will be no performances Dec. 24 and 30.

December 15th, Happy Birthday Cindy!

Posted in Mary's Journal on December 11th, 2013 by MaryWilson

Mary Wilson To Be Guest Of Honor At The Children’s Miracle Network Fundraiser

Posted in News on November 22nd, 2013 by MaryWilson

On Dec 6, 2013, Mary will be giving a heart-felt talk to a sold-out gathering of contributors at the Penn State Hersey Hospital’s annual fundraiser. Mary will be addressing the gathering with her DARE TO DREAM inspirational talk and sharing her thoughts on giving of oneself throughout the holidays

Neiman Marcus will be hosting the Oscar de la Renta fashion show and luncheon along with Jeannie and Ed Arnold.

The money raised from the event will specifically support The Hummingbird Program, which is a consultative service that provides comprehensive medical, emotional, social and spiritual support for children who are facing life-threatening, complex medical conditions.

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Join Mary Wilson as She Headlines “A Holiday Spectacular” at the Harris Theater in Chicago with Special Guests The Four Tops (December 23 to January 5th)

Posted in News on November 9th, 2013 by MaryWilson

This year Chicago celebrates the holiday season with a rare opportunity to witness and relive a legendary lineup of melodic harmony with two of America’s national treasures. Both Mary Wilson of The Supremes and The Four Tops have been inducted into the Rock ‘n Roll Hall of Fame, both have stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and both have collectively been honored with Grammy Life Time Achievement Awards and Grammy Hall of Fame Awards.

Filling the charts with thirty-three Top 40 Hits, Mary Wilson lived the life of a star as she, Diana Ross and Florence Ballard became the premier act of Motown and the most successful “girl group” in history. Mary has sung before Queens, Kings, Prime Ministers, set fashion trends, and worked tirelessly with the unfortunate and needy. She brings her gifts as a musician as well as her heart to the stage this Holiday Season to inspire and lead audiences into a new year with hope and a fresh song in their heart.

Mary will treat us with stirring renditions of “Stop In The Name of Love”, “Baby Love”, “I Hear A Symphony”, “Reflections”, “Come See About Me”, “You Keep Me Hanging On” and many more – all along side some of the great Holiday standards. And Mary welcomes the dynamic FOUR TOPS to share the night with her. Duke Fakir, one of the original FOUR TOPS, will share the nostalgia and warmth of “Baby I Need Your Lovin”, “Sugar Pie Honey Bunch”, “Reach Out, I’ll Be There”, “Bernadette”, “It’s the Same Old Song”, “Ain’t No Woman Like The One I Love” and many more.

Both Mary Wilson and The Four Tops are hopeful that these live performances will inspire audiences to carry the holiday spirit of giving, loving, and sharing far into the next year. So this year, as we move closer to the Holiday Season, sipping hot chocolate, skating under the skyscrapers, and anticipating this year’s Magnificent Mile Light Festival, we can also look forward to one of the most anticipated evenings to ever grace the stage of the Harris Theatre.

Purchase tickets for Mary’s “Holiday Spectacular”

What: Mary Wilson’s Holiday Spectacular with special guests Motown legends The Four Tops

Where: Harris Theater – 205 East Randolph Drive

When: Dec 23rd – Jan 5th

Official website: www.marywilsonandfourtops.com

Harris Theater Box office by phone 312-334-7777

wwwHarrisTheaterChicago.org
or go to Ticketmaster.com

Groups of 10 or more – 773-327-3778

Mary’s Single “Life’s Been Good” Available on iTunes!

Posted in News on September 11th, 2013 by MaryWilson



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A Supreme Reunion for the History Books!

Posted in News on April 20th, 2013 by MaryWilson

Mary Wilson attended the premiere of Motown the Musical on Sunday, April 14th in New York. Many other Motown stars were also in attendance for this historic evening, including Smokey Robinson, Gladys Knight, Stevie Wonder and Diana Ross!

Supremely Stylish

Posted in News on February 3rd, 2013 by MaryWilson

The gorgeous clothes they wore on stage – exhibited at the African American Museum – show the hit-making trio were at the top of the fashion charts, too.

The Supremes didn´t set out to be fashionistas, says Mary Wilson. "We just enjoyed wearing beautiful clothes."
MICHAEL BRYANT / Staff Photographer
The Supremes didn’t set out to be fashionistas, says Mary Wilson. “We just enjoyed wearing beautiful clothes.”
By Elizabeth Wellington, Fashion Columnist, from philly.com

Posted: Sunday, February 3, 2013, 3:01 AM

The Supremes’ glamorous style – lush eyelashes, sleek beehive hairdos, and fur stoles – forced the world to see black women as more than mammies and maids years before the civil rights movement got fully under way.

But the accessories wouldn’t have mattered a lick without the gowns.

Original Supremes Diana Ross, Mary Wilson, and Florence Ballard performed in what seemed like an endless supply of heavily beaded, floor-length confections. Some featured plunging necklines and flowing capes. Many were pleated and most were sequined. All were beautiful.

Thirty gowns from the glorious collection are on display at the African American Museum through June as part of “Come See About Me: The Mary Wilson Supremes Collection.”

Although the look of the 1960s girl group was as popular as some of their record-breaking 12 No. 1 hits – “You Can’t Hurry Love” or “Stop in the Name of Love,” to name just two – the three young women from Detroit never set out to be fashion icons. Singing was their first love.

“We just enjoyed wearing beautiful clothes,” Wilson said in an interview. The 68-year-old singer with the perfectly flipped bob was in town recently for a series of cocktail receptions and speaking engagements toasting the 40-plus-year collection of heart-stopping, history-making gowns.

Wearing an of-the-moment black peplum top and pencil skirt, Wilson was all smiles in the sea of sequined technicolor for an interview on a recent Friday. Chatty and busy, she’s making sure the lighting is just right to show off the lines of a black halter gown, one of the first pieces the Supremes performed in.

And she’s fiddling with the train on a chartreuse and gold beaded gown by Michael Travis, the famed costume designer who worked with Edith Head at NBC Studios through the 1960s; he made many a Supremes stage ensemble.

“We just loved looking good and at the time we were paying tribute to the beautiful black women who came before us, like Lena Horne, Josephine Baker, and Carmen McCrae,” Wilson said.

“All the ladies we knew were glamour girls. They were sharp.”

Wilson, who was in the group the longest of the nine singers who would be Supremes, held onto the dresses because, as she so succinctly puts it, “the gowns belonged to the group.”

She kept them in a storage facility in Las Vegas, where she lives now, until the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame asked about them and opened a Supremes exhibit in 2004.

But Wilson wanted more people to be able to see the dress collection. In 2010, she hired Kansas City-based Blair-Murrah exhibitions, which helped her repair many of the gowns and expand the collection. The African American Museum will showcase 30 of the collection’s 74 gowns in “Come See About Me.”

But the company’s most significant upgrade was procuring ebony mannequins. In the world of fashion installations, that’s no easy feat.

“Mary really wanted the mannequins to be lifelike, so we worked with her daughter to come up with the right shade of brown,” said Elizabeth Morrow, executive director of Blair-Murrah. “And we spray-painted them with a sheen.”

The mannequins of the singers, who started performing as adolescents, also had to be small, a size 2 to 6 by today’s standards.

Walking up the ramp to the second floor, visitors see black and white images that tell the story of the Great Migration – blacks leaving the South and its oppressive laws for more opportunities up North, in cities like Detroit and Philadelphia.

There are also photographs of black performers on the segregated Chitlin’ Circuit and pictures from the early civil rights movement. The historical aspect of the exhibit, curated by Mark Anthony Neal, a pop-culture professor in Duke University’s Department of African and African American Studies, is important because it lays the groundwork for the formation of Motown and the success of the Supremes, said Patricia Aden Smith, interim director and CEO of the African American Museum.

“The Supremes were in this cauldron of change. They were among the first acts to peform in whites-only venues. These dresses were a part of history.”

Just as the Supremes themselves were woven into daily black life.

Mothers and grandmothers sang “You Can’t Hurry Love” and “Love Child” as they did mundane chores, like pressing their children’s hair or cooking.

Covers of the Supremes on Ebony were standard coffee-table decor.Women talked about Diana, Mary, and Florence like they were their girlfriends.

And the conversations always ended with clothes. Those girls could dress.

“We didn’t mean to, but we set the standards for beautiful black women,” Wilson said.

“We were just emulating our aunts and our mothers who stayed dressed to the nines for church and nightclubs. . . . There was a time when it was humiliating to be an African American woman. We were treated like trash.”

Which makes the glamorous exhibit – which includes a red, black, and white set of feathered gowns by Geoffrey Holder, sunshine yellow trenchcoat suits, and Purple Fantasy jumpsuits with feather wraps – even more remarkable.

Smith said it cost more than $100,000 to bring “Come See About Me” to Philadelphia.

“We knew if we invested in this exhibit it would touch Philadelphians,” she said, “because this is our history.”

Come See About Me: The Mary Wilson Collection featured in US Airways Magazine

Posted in News on February 2nd, 2013 by MaryWilson

Come See About Me: The Mary Wilson Collection is currently on display at the African American Museum in Philadelphia. The exhibit was featured in the January issue of US Airways Magazine.

Mary Interviewed on Philadelphia’s “Wake Up With WURD”

Posted in News on February 2nd, 2013 by MaryWilson

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