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A Supreme Evening with Mary Wilson

Posted in Engagements, News on December 29th, 2011 by MaryWilson

The Royal Room at the swanky Colony Hotel rings in the New Year with musical royalty Mary Wilson, Dec. 31 and Jan. 3-7.  Wilson, co-founder of The Supremes, returns to Palm Beach for her third appearance and will pepper the Royal Room’s usual cabaret fare with her own hits. Tickets are available for both prix fixe dinner and/or the show, by calling the hotel at 561-659-8100. The Colony is located at 155 Hammon Ave. in Palm Beach, just one block south of Worth Ave. and one block west of the Atlantic Ocean.

Source: J.W. Arnold, SFGN.com

Mary Wilson Wichita Art Museum Podcast

Posted in News on December 25th, 2011 by MaryWilson

The Mary Wilson Supremes Collection is an exhibition of 50 elaborately sequined costumes. In honor of the exhibition, Mary Wilson sang to the delight of those attending the Museum’s holiday party “A Supreme Holiday” on December 16, 2011. This podcast was recorded the afternoon before, as Mary did a sound check, with one lone visitor as her audience.

Approximately 5 1/2 minutes

DOWNLOAD LINK: VISIT THE WICHITA ART MUSEUM’S WEBSITE TO DOWNLOAD

The Mary Wilson Supremes Collection at the Wichita Art Museum

Posted in News on December 20th, 2011 by MaryWilson

Mary Wilson unveils her collection at the Wichita Art Museum…

 

Happy Birthday Cindy Birdsong

Posted in Friends & Fans on December 15th, 2011 by MaryWilson

Today is Cindy’s Birthday! Happy Birthday Cindy!

“Teacher told me to pack in singing…”

Posted in News on December 14th, 2011 by MaryWilson

Mary Wilson of The Supremes talks touring with Bill Wyman’s Rhythm Kings, her mine clearance charity work and why you shouldn’t always listen to your teachers…

From EADT24 by Wayne Savage

HOW different would Motown have been had Mary taken her teacher’s advice and packed in singing?

“That’s what he said,” laughs the singer, joining Bill Wyman’s Rhythm Kings when they come to town next week.

“He said I should become a writer because he knew I was singing [with the Primettes as the The Supremes were known then] when I was in high school and said ‘you know, if you want to graduate from school you better buckle down’.

“I wrote this great term paper and when he read it he saide ‘instead of doing this little singing at Motown you should consider being a writer because this paper is brilliant’.

“So when I started going to Motown and we started getting out our little records when I was 16 or 17 I started keeping a diary because I was meeting people like little Stevie Wonder and Marvin Gaye. It was just so exciting going down to Motown so I started writing about it.”

Those diaries went on to form the basis of her best-seller Dreamgirl – My Life as a Supreme. And the teacher?

“He and I did stay friends for years. He was very proud of me and said to me one time ‘I’m so happy Mary you didn’t take my advice’,” she laughs.

Mary met Bill and the rest of the Rolling Stones in 1964 while doing a TV movie documentary call Tami – appearing alongside the likes of James Brown, Gaye and The Beach Boys to name a few – and remained friends all these years.

Bill came to see Mary on tour earlier this year, ending up spending the day with them. When he mentioned he was doing another tour with the Kings Mary told him she’d love to join.

“He said ‘oh I can’t afford you’,” she laughs. “I’m like ‘well give me an offer I can’t refuse’.”

Mary, elementary school acquaintance Florence Ballard, Betty McGlown and Mary’s neighbour Diane Ross first started singing together in 1959.

All approaching or in their early teens, they were assembled by the manager of male singing group the Primes, Milton Jenkins, who decided to organize a spin-off girls’ group.

Many rock and roll DJ shows around Detroit later, the Primettes auditioned for the Motown record company but were told by Berry Gordy Jr to come back once they’d graduated high school. Regular visitors to his Hitsville recording studio every day after school, he gave in and signed them on the condition they changed their name.

And so, in 1961, Mary, Florence, Diane and Betty’s replacement Barbara Martin became The Supremes; becoming [and remaining] a trio after Barabara left the following year to start a family.

Countless hits followed – Baby Love, Stop in the name of Love, Back in My Arms Again and You Can’t Hurry Love to name a few – and Mary was the only constant member of the group from their incarnation as The New Supremes in 1970 until they disbanded in 1977.

She’s continued to tour as a solo act – her new CD, Life’s Been Good To Me is out now – and she’s also a best-selling author and cultural ambassador.

A spokesperson for various charities, she’s particularly proud of her work with the Humpty Dumpty Institute, a non-government organization which establishes partnerships to raise money and awareness for landmine clearance projects across the globe, including Sri Lanka, Laos and Vietnam.

That must be emotional?

“Yes, yes, yes. You would think at this time in our human evolution we would be over these kind of things but they still are there. There are places where unexploded bombs are still just laying around. There are children who pick up these things for scrap metal money and they’re maimed by them,” she sighs.

“I believe it was in Sri Lanka where we went to an entire village where some of the family members have been maimed so the government have put up this housing facility for them; the whole village is full of those kind of people. That’s scary.”

Joining Mary on stage will be Rhythm Kings members Wyman, Georgie Fame, Albert Lee, Beverley Skeete, Geraint Watkins, Graham Broad, Terry Taylor, Frank Mead and Nick Payn.

Bill is full of praise for Mary.

“I have admired Mary’s talents since we first met in November 1964 during the TAMI Show. We’ve been friends since that time and remain so. It’s wonderful to have Mary join us onstage. It will be a fun tour – full of great music.”

Surrounded by so many great musicians, inspired by and who remain fans of Motown like so many others to this day, she must get asked to share stories?

“Yes,” she laughs. “But Bill Wyman has more stories than I do.”

Mary Wilson with Bill Wyman

A Supreme Holiday Party

Posted in News on December 14th, 2011 by MaryWilson

Celebrate the holidays with Mary Wilson from The Supremes at the Wichita Art Museum on Friday, December 16th. Hear this founding Supremes member sing and reminisce about her life in one of Motown’s most successful groups. Visit asupremeholidayatwam.com to make your reservation or call 316-268-4912.

Wishing Well Sri Lanka: The Humpty Dumpty Institute

Posted in News on December 12th, 2011 by MaryWilson

As a Spokesperson for the The Humpty Dumpty Institute, I would like to inform you that the HDI has launched a new on-line campaign called “Wishing Well Sri Lanka” (www.wishingwellsrilanka.org) to promote and raise funds for a series of new initiatives in northern Sri Lanka that will provide fresh water and improve sanitary conditions to over 10,000 people in the districts of Mannar, Killinochchi and Mullaithivu.  They are also seeking additional support for the school feeding program in Velanai, Jaffna District.

Since the end of the 30-year conflict in 2009, hundreds of thousands of Sri Lankans have been streaming back to their original homes all over northern Sri Lanka.  The Government is doing its best to absorb this returning population, but these people are facing tremendous challenges.  Simply put, there is little or no infrastructure.  Thirty years of violence and neglect has devastated the Northern District.  Live minefields still pose a serious threat to life and limb.  Homes have to be rebuilt. There is very little fresh water for drinking, bathing or farming since all of the wells are in disrepair. There are no toilets and the risk of life-threatening disease is very real.  And new roads have to be laid.

With the “Wishing Well Sri Lanka” program, the HDI is starting off in a relatively small way by building and repairing 230 communal and domestic wells and 100 new latrines.  As the HDI raises funds through its on-line campaign, it will increase the number of wells and latrines it will repair and build and hopefully expand the target area to other districts as well.  Please help kickstart this new initiative by visiting www.wishingwellsrilanka.org and making a contribution yourself, and please share this with as many of your friends as you can!

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