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Mary Wilson of The Supremes comes to Southport Theatre

Posted in Engagements on January 20th, 2011 by MaryWilson

From the Southport Visiter by Janine Yaqoob

THE first lady of Motown, Mary Wilson, is getting ready to perform at Southport Theatre as part of her UK tour.

Appearing as ‘Mary Wilson of the Original Supremes’, the soul superstar will be coming to town on Friday, March 4.

Fans of The Supremes will find themselves singing along to hits such as ‘Baby Love’, ‘Come See About Me’, ‘You Can’t Hurry Love’, ‘You Keep Me Hanging On’, ‘I’m Gonna Make You Love Me’ and many more.

Mary, a founder member of the soulful vocal group, is sought after to entertain all over the world and even performed for President Bill Clinton in the White House for the Millennium Celebrations.

Still performing with the same passion as she did singing with the original Supremes, the world renowned celebrity is also using her fame and flair to promote humanitarian efforts to end hunger, raise AIDS awareness and encourage world peace.

The Supremes are the only group to have five consecutive No. 1 hits in America, and their success was replicated in the UK. They were the premier act of Motown Records during the 1960s.

Interest in the Supremes’ legacy was renewed after the release of the award-winning film “Dreamgirls,” in 2006.

Mary’s special guests, The Chi-Lites, will be joining the Motown legend on stage when she performs in Southport.

It is the first time the band has performed in the UK since 1984.

Their many hits include ‘Have You Seen Her’, ‘Oh Girl’, ‘Homely Girl’, ‘I Found Sunshine’, ‘Too Good To Be Forgotten’, ‘It’s Time For Love’ and ‘You Don’t Have To Go’.

In 2000 the Chi-Lites were inducted into the Rhythm and Blues Hall of Fame.

Mary Wilson of the Original Supremes comes to Southport Theatre on Friday, March 4. For tickets call 0844 847 2380 or visit www.southporttheatre.org.uk

Dreamgirl Mary Wilson

Posted in Engagements on January 20th, 2011 by MaryWilson

From the Kyiv Post by Nataliya Horban

Mary Wilson was a founder and singer of the legendary girl band the Supremes.

Topping the American charts with soul and blues songs through the 1960s, the band was breathing down The Beatles’ necks.

The Supremes fell apart in the ’70s, but Wilson carried on singing their songs. An award-winning movie “Dreamgirls,” featuring singer Beyonce, was based on the Supremes’ success story.

Today Wilson takes active part in charity and community work, addressing various humanitarian problems. She is also a writer and a motivational speaker, giving “Dare to Dream” speeches around the world.

Wilson will bring to Kyiv her collection of costumes “The Story of the Supremes from the Mary Wilson Collection.” It will be open for viewing in Ukrainian House from Feb. 4 to Feb. 14 free of charge.

Friday, Feb. 4, 7 p.m., National Music Academy, 11 Khreshchatyk St., metro Maidan Nezalezhnosti, 279-1242. Tickets: Hr 100-800

Mary Wilson, Pops give folks fun night of ’60s

Posted in News on January 20th, 2011 by MaryWilson

From Cincinnati.com by Janelle Gelfand

Mary Wilson admitted that she was “one of the girls behind Diana Ross singing the oohs and ahs and baby babies” when she was one of the original Supremes. On Saturday in Music Hall, she sang a hit parade of songs that many in the audience knew, word for word. And no one seemed to mind that her voice, unlike Diana’s, was husky, or that she often strained to reach a high note. 

The Cincinnati Pops show was a flashback to the ‘60s, with Wilson providing about an hour of Motown hits from the heyday of the Supremes, paired with classic standards such as “Body and Soul.” Complementing her show, guest conductor Matt Catingub opened the evening with other music of the era, including the Beatles, Herb Alpert and a fantastic medley of ‘60s TV theme songs.

Wilson looked the diva in a long black sequined gown, as she came out to a medley of “I Hear a Symphony,” “Love Child” “My World is Empty” and “Reflections.” Backed by her own band, two back-up singers and the Pops (which played about half of her set), she strolled the stage, chatted between numbers (she’ll be 67 in March, she’s on her way to Russia and she has eight grandchildren) and once invited people to come up and dance. (Two did.)

There’s no doubt that she owns this music – after all, she’s been singing it for 50 years, since Motown signed her at age 16. What fun it was to see her singing “Baby Love,” “Stop! In the Name of Love,” and “You Keep Me Hangin’ On,” while audience members clapped and swayed.

Vocally, she seemed most comfortable in a set of ballads more suited to her range. Her voice was smoky and warm in “Here’s to Life,” and she communicated its lyrics with style. She gave a nod to Sting in “Fields of Gold,” and to Joni Mitchell in a dreamy arrangement of “Both Sides Now.”

She was touchy about the movie “Dreamgirls,” saying, “It’s not about the Supremes” and joking that “I didn’t get paid.” But she said Jennifer Hudson’s character representing Florence Ballard rang true. To her friend Ballard, who died in 1976, Wilson dedicated a song from the film,” I Am Changing,” delivering her most emotional performance of the evening.

The crowd was on its feet as she concluded with “Someday We’ll Be Together,” the No. 1 hit of 1969.

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