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December 15th, Happy Birthday Cindy!

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

Dare to Dream Lecture

Posted in Mary's Journal, Reviews on December 6th, 2012 by MaryWilson

Mary,

Your motivational ‘Dare to Dream’ presentation raised the bar of personal perseverance among our students at Jack Yates. This guidance is now rooted in the fertile soil of their souls where confidence and belief give birth to dreams that may once have seemed unattainable. It is within this sphere where they learn to treat obstacles as opportunities for growth and adversity as a doorway to change. The kids recognized and found comfort in the teachable moments you provided. We applaud you for sharing the gift of love, freely, as it was given to you. The Jack Yates Alumni Reunite Committee will forever be grateful to you for accepting the visitation to share your story. We thank God for navigating circumstances during your visit to Houston to share such an up close and personal encounter.

Thank you for extending the spiritual highway that leads to ‘Supreme Faith’.

Terry Singleton

The Jack Yates Alumni Reunite Committee

http://www.jyalumnireunite.com

Detroit Concert: July 19th, 2012

Posted in Friends & Fans, Mary's Journal on July 30th, 2012 by MaryWilson

Photos by Frank Pettis

Former Fan Club President Still Enjoys the Music of Mary Wilson…

Posted in Friends & Fans, Mary's Journal on July 23rd, 2012 by MaryWilson

Mary received this letter from Carl Feuerbacher, the former President of the Mary Wilson Fan Club.

Hey Mary:

Once again, I cannot emphasize how great the show was in Detroit – you were outstanding and sounded better than ever. I am so glad you treated everyone to an expanded show by adding a Here’s to Life and Both Sides Now — and everyone loved them. You made a strong statement by opening with Here’s To Life — you told them you are not only a former Supreme, you are MARY WILSON. It really set the tone for an incredible magical evening. I talked to a lot of people and the accolades were everywhere – they were all impressed with the show, your showmanship and the entire package. It was definitely a memorable night for many people and you should be proud.

I was so proud of you and emotional during that show – it really touched me.

Thanks for all the kindness you showed everyone during that trip — it was really heartfelt.

Just wanted to let you know how great the show was – how terrific you looked, and the great job that you, Mark Z., Parnell, Lucy and Carl did. I heard new life in some of those songs like “Think” and “Walk the Line”. They were terrific!

Take care of yourself and get some rest…..

Love,

CARL”

 



 

Pedro, Mary & Steve

Posted in Friends & Fans, Mary's Journal on June 19th, 2012 by MaryWilson

My son, Pedro, me and Steve from England. Steve used to babysit Pedro in the 70′s.

Remembering Herb Reed of the Platters

Posted in Mary's Journal on June 19th, 2012 by MaryWilson

This lovely tribute was created by Guy Gilchrist, in memory of Herb Reed.

 

Late Platters founder Herb Reed most proud of Las Vegas lawsuit victory

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Herb Reed, founder and naming member of The Platters, has filed a trademark lawsuit against Nevada entertainer Monroe Powell over Powell’s use of the group’s name.

By Steven Green from Vegas Inc.

The Platters founder and singer Herb Reed died Monday at the age of 83, his managers announced.

Reed, the last surviving original member of the 1950s group, died in a Boston-area hospice after a period of declining health, publicists and managers at Balboni Communications Group announced.

As a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Reed is known for singing bass on such hits as “The Great Pretender,” “Smoke Gets in Your Eyes” and “Only You.”

His management team said that in the past year, Reed proclaimed that his greatest accomplishment was in 2011 winning a trademark lawsuit in Las Vegas over rights to the Platters name.

The ruling came after a series of lawsuits were filed over many years by various artists claiming to have rights to the name.

“Herbert Reed, having first used the mark ‘The Platters’ in commerce in 1953, and having continuously used the mark in commerce since then, has superior rights to the mark to all others,” said an order signed by U.S. District Judge James Mahan in May 2011.

The decision made Reed “sole heir to the group’s tremendous legacy,” Reed’s management team said in a statement Tuesday about his death.

“You know a lot of people tell me to just hang it up, but I just cannot do that,” Reed told a biographer early this year. “It’s not right to have someone steal your name. It’s just not right. We were cheated back then, but that’s how things were done then. It’s doubly wrong to face it again today. It’s theft, and I have to fight so that no other artist faces this.”

When Reed learned of the judge’s decision last year, he was elated, said Reed manager Frederick J. Balboni Jr.

“He teared up and told me this was the most important thing he had done. He joked that he was going to have the judge’s decision framed and hung up along the gold and platinum records that line the walls of his home,” Balboni Jr. said in Tuesday’s statement.

Two suits are still active in Las Vegas involving Reed’s company Herb Reed Enterprises LLC and alleged Platters copycat groups. Many of the lawsuits were filed in Nevada because over the years, various Platters groups performed in Las Vegas casinos.

Disputes over ownership of the name and trademark erupted after Platters members and managers left the group over the years and started their own Platters spinoff groups, and some assigned their rights to the Platters name to third parties.

There’s another Las Vegas connection to Reed: “The Great Pretender” lyrics were written in a washroom of the Flamingo Hotel in Las Vegas by Buck Ram, who became the Platters’ manager in 1954.

 

Norman Fidel

Posted in Friends & Fans, Mary's Journal on May 25th, 2012 by MaryWilson

I am deeply saddened to learn of the passing of our dear friend, Norman Fidel. My heart goes out to his friends and family.

Touch,
Mary Wilson

Mary at the Kentucky Derby

Posted in Mary's Journal, News on May 14th, 2012 by MaryWilson

Mary attended the Kentucky Derby last weekend with author and friend, Mark Bego.

Charity Poker Game Event

Posted in Mary's Journal, News on April 15th, 2012 by MaryWilson

Mary recently played poker at a charity poker game event in Las Vegas, benefiting children with disabilities.

 

 

“Living the Life”

Posted in Mary's Journal, News on March 18th, 2012 by MaryWilson

This winter, Mary attended an acting class, hosted by her best friend, Margie Haber, at the “Margie Haber Studio” in L.A. Mary joined actors from Hong Kong, Australia, Canada, Sweden, Germany, France, Ireland, Florida, Kentucky, Illinois and Calfornia in the Intensive Studies Program.

With over 80 hours of training, not only did they learn how to “Stop Acting and Start Living the Life of the Person,” but they forged friendships that will last a lifetime.

Amy Tsang of Hong Kong documented the fun they had while “living the life.” Take a few moments and enjoy!

 

Margie Haber Studio’s Intensive Studies Program from Margie Haber Studio on Vimeo.

margiehaber.com

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