Sunday, January 15, 1961: The Supremes

The newly formed Motown Records (see entry of April 14, 1960) signs the female singing group The Primettes to a recording contract. But it comes with a condition: the singers have to change their name, which they do, to The Supremes. The group consisted of, clockwise from left, Mary Wilson, Florence Ballard, Diane Ross (as she was called then) and Barbara Martin (who would leave the group in 1962). Their first single, "I Want A Guy" / "Never Again," would be released on March 9.

* Listen to "I Want A Guy": @
* Listen to "Never Again": @
* Short biography (from allmusic.com): @
* "The Supremes: A Saga of Motown Dreams, Success, and Betrayal" (book by Mark Ribowsky): @

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