By Mark Ribowsky

ISBN-10: 0306815869

ISBN-13: 9780306815867

ISBN-10: 0306818736

ISBN-13: 9780306818738

The Supremes is a sprawling story of unforgettable tune, cutthroat ambition, and heartbreaking betrayal. Mark Ribowsky explodes Dreamgirl fantasies via taking the reader at the back of the closed doorways of Motown to witness the increase of workforce chief Diana Ross, the production of undying classics like “Where Did Our Love Go?,” and the dramatic strength struggles inside of Detroit’s fabled song manufacturing unit. Drawing on firsthand, intimate reminiscences from an expert assets comparable to the Temptations’s Otis Williams and different Motown contemporaries—many by no means sooner than interviewed—The Supremes is “a complete examine the tumultuous relationships in the Supremes in addition to between others on the Motown label” (Library Journal).

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Arriving at Jenkins’s room, they knocked and Milt opened the door to a large, furnished flat he shared with the Primes. Clothes and food wrappers littered the floor, lampshades were askew, the air reeked of God knows what. Bur Milt and his crew were again nattily dressed and courtly in manner. As the Primes ran through some songs, Flo and Mary sat down at a table at which there were two other girls. One of them was a tall, attractive, slightly older girl, around 17. She said her name was Betty McGlown, that she was Paul Williams’s girlfriend, and that he’d asked her to be in the Primettes.

He was very sick, and had not long to live. It was up to Lurlee, and she didn’t cast the notion away. Instead, wanting to hear what this Jenkins character had to say, she went outside with Flo and Maxine and heard out his rap. He was smooth, all right; of that she had no doubt. Maybe a little too smooth. ” Lurlee perceived that Milt had designs on both Flo and Maxine. And it worried her that if she allowed him to have dibs on Flo, Maxine might enter into an adulterous fling with him. As it turned out, she had reason to worry.

Even so, 16 THE SUPREMES Flo could seamlessly slip into moody silence, her eyes haunted by something unspoken. Even swathed by the closeness of her family, she needed to get away, into the musky air of the street, or to take her bicycle from the storage room and ride to her cousin Raymond’s home a few blocks away. RAY GIBSON: There were just so many of them in that apartment. They’d all be up each other’s butt. And Florence was in the middle in age; she was too old for the young ones and too young for the old ones—hell, one of her sisters is like ten years older.

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