The Supremes began in 1959 when Wilson, Diana Ross, Florence Ballard, and Betty McGlown formed a group called the Primettes, one sister the male group the Primes

Barbara Martin replaced McGlown in 1960, a year before they joined Motown record label and became The Supremes

Ballard was replaced by Cindy Birdsong in 1967 and died of a heart attack in 1976 at the age of 32

Ross left to pursue a solo career in 1970 and Birdsong dropped out in 1972, but Wilson stayed on until 1977 through further line-up changes. After she left, the group officially broke up

The group’s first million-selling song, Where Did Our Love Go, was released on Jan. Published June 1964

Wilson was on tour at the time and said there was a moment when she realized they were having a hit

“I remember we didn’t take the bus home, we flew,” she told The Associated Press in 2014

The group also recorded hits “You Can’t Hurry Love”, “Up the Ladder to the Roof” and “Stop!” on In the name of love

In 1986, Wilson’s first autobiography, Dreamgirl: My Colonel Life, made her a New York Times best-selling author, as did her second memoir, Supreme Faith: One Day We’ll Be Together, 1990

The Supremes are America’s most successful vocal group, with 12 number one singles on the Billboard Hot 100, and have been credited with enabling future African American R&B and soul musicians to achieve mainstream success

“I was extremely shocked and saddened to hear that a distinguished member of the Motown family, Mary Wilson of the Supremes, has passed away,” Motown founder Berry Gordy said in a statement Monday night, according to Variety. p>

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