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Posted in Mary's Journal on May 26th, 2011 by MaryWilson

God does not like ugly and neither do I. Please leave Diane and I out of any petty talk.

- Mary Wilson

Mary Writes About Her Recent Visit to the Kentucky Derby!

Posted in Mary's Journal, News on May 23rd, 2011 by MaryWilson

From “It’s The Norm” – Las Vegas Entertainment Events

Mary Wilson of the Supremes kept a diary throughout her 50 years in show business. In fact her two books, “Dream Girls” and “My Life As A Supreme” were best sellers, and were written from her diary’s. This week she is sharing her Kentucky Derby entry’s with us. – Norm Johnson

The Barnstable-Brown Party Invitation:

Dear Mary:
We are extending an invitation for you to be our guest at the running of the Kentucky Derby on Saturday, May 7, 2011. This includes Louisville’s premier fundraising event, the “Barnstable-Brown Celebrity Gala” for Diabetes, to be held Derby-eve May 6, 2011.

As our honored quest, you and your companion will receive first-class airfare, luxury accommodations, police escorts, national media attention, limousines, and the most exciting two minutes in sports–the Kentucky Derby!

Churchill Downs officially sponsors the Gala to benefit diabetes research and diabetes awareness. Please help us find a cure for the third leading cause of death by disease in the nation.

The guest list furnished with the invitation was like a who’s who, of showbiz.

137th running of the Kentucky Derby

A journal by Mary Wilson:

May 3, 4th

This is my fifth Kentucky Derby. I’ve only missed one year since I started attending, and that was because I had a paying gig in 2010. I was really bummed out when I realized I would not be able to attend. I was introduced to the Kentucky Derby when my publicist asked me if I wanted to do some public relations for a diabetes fundraiser. When I was informed it would be held in Louisville, Kentucky, and would involve the Kentucky Derby, well that really got my attention. I had been going to horse races since way back in the sixties, when we (The Supremes) did shows in nightclubs like the Latin Quarter, which had a race track right up the street. But the Kentucky Derby. Wow, all I could think about were the ‘Hats”.

Mary Wilson Hat Wild!

As a member of The Supremes, we were always involved in charitable work. Most were chosen for us. I now choose my charitable work based on my personal beliefs, and relationships with them. Diabetes is very prevalent in the black community, and in my own family, as my father had his leg amputated because of diabetes.

The Derby weekend starts May 5, however, because of previous engagements with my company, which included the Humpty Dumpty Institute on May 4, I had to take a flight out of Las Vegas on May 3, and make a short detour to Washington DC. I first met with Ambassador Houda Nonoo of Bahrain, and then off to Honorable Esther Coopersmith, who has worked and hosted every statesmen from the Kennedys, Carters, Sadat, President Johnson all the way to the Clintons. I believe I also saw a photo of Coopersmith and President Obama at her beautiful mansion on Ambassador Row. We spoke about not only my performing, but bringing my Supreme gown exhibit there, and she may be giving me an introduction to Queen Noor when they open the woman’s museum in Jordon. Then I was off to perform at the Sri Lanka Embassy. As I am the spokesperson for the Land mine Clearances program established by the Humpty Dumpty Institute around the world, this was a very special performance. I had been to Sri Lanka while there was still a war going on in Jaffe. The Ambassador, Jaliya Wickramasuriya, hosted the party to introduce our new program, which will provide over one million people with life-saving medication and health education. My performance was a 30-minute set, with just my pianist, Mark Zier. The next morning I flew out on an early flight, and arrived in Louisville at 10:30 a.m. Thursday.

May 5, 2011

I was exhausted, naturally, and was expecting to catch a little nap, but everyone on the plane was also attending the Derby, so the excitement was there. And, so were the hat boxes! They were all over the plane, and the flight attendant even had to make an announcement to make room for the hats. People were so friendly, and, of course, everyone was talking about the races. Two very frisky young men found out who I was, so I had to give out autographs to most on board. One elderly woman, Sharon, was a bit nervous, so I told her I would look after her until we landed. Her son would be picking her up. It is amazing how close people can become when certain events happen here in America. I recall the same warm feeling I saw in New York, after 9/11. The entire plane was jovial.

My police escort was waiting for me at the entry to the security area, and to my amazement, it was a female officer, Cherie Smith. These escorts are appointed to all of the celebrities, and they accompany you everywhere you go.

Mary Wilson and Officer Cherie Smith

“Run For The Roses

Officer Smith dropped me at the Galt House Hotel, which is the official host hotel for the Derby. ”The Run For The Roses” theme of the Derby was evident, with beautiful roses throughout the lobby. I was already exhausted, so, instead of running around all afternoon, I went to bed after setting the alarm for a 7:00 p.m. dinner. Bette Davis said it best, “getting old ain’t for sissies.” I can remember when I stayed up for two weeks while working in Las Vegas, back in the sixties and seventies, and never even got sleepy.


May 6, 2011

Oaks………………….Gates open 11 AM

Barnstable Party…………8:00PM

May 7, 2011

Derby…………………Gates open 11:00 AM

The Oaks is always the day before the Derby, and it was my intention to go because I usually miss it. If you are a real gambler, you always attend both the Oaks and the Derby. We found out that dinner reservations are a must, and people book months in advance for dinner. My favorite restaurant is ‘Jeff Ruby’s, which is connected to the hotel, and is the hottest ticket in town. However, my friend Darlene and I had to eat somewhere else, plus we had to pay $75.00, and, though it was an excellent meal, it was way too quiet.

Mary Wilson and friend Darlene Whitehurst at the Derby

Our escort took us back to Ruby’s after dinner, where we talked and begged our way inside. It was jumping! There was a hot live band, and Taylor Dayne got up and sang as did others. There were no tables, but we met a group of great people, one was an owner of a horse entered in the Oaks the next day. That’s when I made up my mind to get tips, and to be sure and lay a bet on those tips, plus add one or two that I chose on my own. Many Mint Juleps later, and a stop at the hotel bar, Darlene and I went to our rooms.

Well, we did not make it to the Oaks. Darlene called at 11:00 a.m. and said she was very ill, and I was not feeling so swift myself. The escort called and asked what were our plans for the day. “Call back in an hour,” I told her. Then I found out that my hat designer could not send the hat I had ordered out in time. That was a bummer. Officer Cherie Smith took me to a very up -scale mall, where we spent all afternoon shopping for a hat, as well as jewelry. Of course, I had to change my entire outfit to match the new hat. A girl has to look sharp at the Kentucky Derby, you know!


The Supremes Let Yourself Go: The ’70s Albums, Vol 2 – 1974-1977: The Final Sessions

Posted in News on May 16th, 2011 by MaryWilson

Hey Supremes fans! “Let Yourself Go: The ’70s Albums, Vol 2 – 1974-1977: The Final Sessions” 3 CD set is now available from Hip-O Select!

Press Release: Mary Wilson of the Supremes headlining 2011 Under the Stars Summer Arts Festival at Misericordia University

Posted in Engagements, News on May 16th, 2011 by MaryWilson

The Mary Wilson Supremes’ Collection’ exhibit in Friedman Art Gallery and lecture in Lemmond Theater to complement the Starlight Concert

DALLAS, Pa. — Mary Wilson, one of the original founding members of the Supremes, is headlining the annual Misericordia University Under the Stars Summer Arts Festival at the Wachovia Amphitheater on Saturday, July 23, and the accompanying gown exhibit, “The Mary Wilson Supremes’ Collection,’’ in the Pauly Friedman Art Gallery. The festival also includes the Jazz in July concert July 18.

Ms. Wilson is best known as a founding member of the world’s most famous female trio. With Diana Ross, Florence Ballard and Ms. Wilson, the Supremes recorded 12 No. 1 hits from 1964 to 1969, including “Baby Love,’’ “Stop in the Name of Love,’’ and “Back in My Arms Again.’’ The Supremes is also the only group to record five consecutive No. 1 hits.

The Starlight Concert starring Mary Wilson of the Supremes is July 23 at 8 p.m. Festival tables that seat six are $270, amphitheater tickets are $30 and lawn seats are $20. The Jazz in July concert, “Old Time is Still a-Flying: The New Torch Bearers of Classic Jazz,’’ with Dan Levinson and his New Millennium All Stars is Monday, July 18 at 8 p.m. Festival tables that seat six are $120, amphitheater tickets are $15 and lawn seats are $8. Tickets for both shows go on sale May 3 through the Misericordia University Box Office at (570) 674-6719.

The Pauly Friedman Art Gallery is hosting the “Mary Wilson Supremes’ Collection” in the art gallery on campus from July 23 to Oct. 17. An opening reception for the exhibition of gowns and additional items is Friday, July 22 from 5-8 p.m. and features Ms. Wilson speaking and answering questions about the trio’s musical legacy at 8 p.m. in Lemmond Theater in Walsh Hall. The exhibit features more than 50 distinctive gowns the Motown hitmakers wore during their climb to the top and rare memorabilia that spans their colorful career. The collection was last displayed in Royal Albert Hall in London, England.

Limited tickets are available for the opening reception. Tickets are $40 per person. Fans can also indulge in the “Supreme Experience’’ for $360, which includes the opening reception for six, plus festival-table seating for six at the Starlight Concert. Tickets can be ordered by calling (570) 674-6719. The exhibit is open free to the public beginning July 23.

The formation of the Supremes began more than 50 years ago when Ms. Wilson started singing as a teenager while living in Detroit’s Brewster-Douglass Projects. She performed at an elementary school talent showcase and befriended Ms. Ballard. The friends made a pledge to remember each other if they joined a singing group. In 1959, they joined the Primettes, which also included Ms. Ross.

Motown President Berry Gordy, Jr., signed the Primettes to his recording label and had them change their name to the Supremes on Jan. 15, 1961. Two years later, their string of hit songs began when “When the Lovelight Starts Shining Through His Eyes’’ reached No. 23 on the Billboard pop chart.

In 1967, Mr. Gordy renamed the trio, Diana Ross and the Supremes. Shortly thereafter Ms. Ballard left the group and was replaced by Cindy Birdsong. Ms. Ross left the Supremes in January 1970 to pursue a solo career, but the trio continued as the New Supremes with Ms. Wilson and Ms. Birdsong being joined by Jean Terrell. The New Supremes scored a series of hits, including “Up the Ladder,’’ “Stoned Love,’’ and “Nathan Jones,’’ which reached No. 10, No. 7 and No. 16 respectively on the charts in the states.

The New Supremes had their last Top 40 hit single, “I’m Gonna Let My Heart Do the Walking,’’ in 1976. In 1975, they were the first to reach No. 1 on the newly formed national Disco Music Chart with, “He’s My Man,’’ with Ms. Wilson on lead vocals.

In 1977, Ms. Wilson embarked on her solo career and toured Europe and Asia while also raising her three children. She has recorded two solo albums, including her self-titled debut in 1979 with the single, “Red Hot,’’ and her 1990 release, “Walk the Line.’’ Ms. Wilson is currently recording another album.

Ms. Wilson, though, is more than a successful singer-songwriter. She is an author, cultural ambassador and humanitarian. Her “Dare to Dream’’ lecture, which she delivers to young people, emphasizes the need for personal perseverance to achieve their goals despite obstacles and adversities in their lives. The topic is the foundation for her best-selling autobiography, “Dreamgirl — My Life as a Supreme.’’ Ms. Wilson later authored its sequel, “Supreme Faith — Someday We’ll be Together.’’ In 2000, these two books, along with updated chapters, were combined to complete her third book. She is working currently on a fourth book, which will be a coffee table hardcover featuring the gowns, history and legacy of the Supremes.

Over the years, Ms. Wilson has also been recognized as a humanitarian. She continues to devote her time and talent to assisting a diverse group of nonprofit organizations, including the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, the American Cancer Society and St. Jude’s Children Research Hospital. As a mother and a grandmother, Ms. Wilson’s personal desire is to be involved in worthy causes around the world that improve the lives of all humanity. Her experience as a Supreme and cultural ambassador broadened her horizons and afforded her the opportunity to be an advocate for social and economic challenges in the United States and abroad.

In 2011, Ms. Wilson’s 31-show world tour is taking her to Ohio, Russia, the Ukraine, the United Kingdom and to Misericordia University.

The Under the Stars Summer Arts Festival events are held in the beautiful Wachovia Amphitheater on Misericordia University’s more than 124-acre campus in Dallas, Pa. The outdoor venue is the site of many campus events. Call the Misericordia University Box Office at (570) 674-6719 or reference The Arts & More section of the Web site at for more information.

For more information about Misericordia University, please log on to or call (570) 674-6400. Founded and Sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy in 1924, Misericordia University is Luzerne County’s first four-year college and offers 32 bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degree programs in three colleges in full- and part-time formats.

Mary’s Journal: The Kentucky Derby

Posted in Mary's Journal on May 5th, 2011 by MaryWilson

I’m flying out to Louisville, Kentucky for the 107th Kentucky Derby and the Barnstable Brown Gala.

The running of the Kentucky Derby is on Saturday May 7, 2011.

The premiere fundraiser, “Barnstable-Brown Celebrity Gala” for Diabetes is on Derby-eve, May 6, 2011.

The Gala is always attended by many celebrities who not only walk the red carpets, but many also get up and perform to raise money for Diabetes. It is a fun-filled weekend. Oh and lot’s of great hats!

‘Life’s Been Good To Me’

Mary Wilson

Mary’s Journal: I’m off to Washington DC…

Posted in Mary's Journal on May 2nd, 2011 by MaryWilson

I am flying off to Washington DC for several meetings with the HDI, which will end with a reception and dinner at the residence of Ambassador Jaliya Wickramasuriya of Sri Lanka.

Embassy of Sri Lanka

Ambassador Jaliya Wickramasuriya

Special performance by Mary Wilson

The evening is dedicated to Sri Lanka’s Tea Plantation Worker Community and will include a presentation on The Humpty Dumpty Institute’s newest program providing over one million people with life-saving medication and health education.

Mary’s Journal: Happy Birthday Rita!

Posted in Mary's Journal on May 1st, 2011 by MaryWilson

My dear friend Rita Coolidge celebrates her birthday this month, Happy Birthday Rita!

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