Unfamiliar with this week’s tune? Hear it here.
3) Mary Wilson was born in Mississippi and her family moved a great deal before settling in Detroit, where she fatefully met Florence and Diana. Were you uprooted often when you were a child? Or did you spend your school years in the same neighborhood? We moved towns right before I started school, then moved again when I was in middle school, around when I was 13, closer to where we’d lived when I was really little. I stayed in the same school because it wasn’t far and I was in Catholic school, so aside from getting bused there, being in a different district wasn’t much of an issue.
4) The Supremes began as a quartet called the Primettes. In addition to Mary, Flo and Diana, there was Betty McGlown. In 1960, Betty left the group to get married and was replaced by Barbara Martin. In 1962, Barbara left the group to have a baby. They quit trying to replace the fourth voice, soldiered on as a trio, and made pop history. Have you ever found yourself in a position similar to Betty’s or Barbara’s, where you had to make a difficult decision and choose between your personal life and your career? I met my husband right before my senior year of college and was pretty sure I wanted to marry him pretty early. When I graduated and was job hunting, I limited my hunt to the area, since he had a year of school left and I wasn’t willing to go too far. Had I been single, I would’ve applied all over the country. The next thing is gonna be deciding whether to continue to work full-time when we have kids, but that’s maybe a year away at a minimum.
5) Thinking of babies and “baby love,” is anyone in your life expecting a baby in 2018? One of my mom’s cousins.
6) With twelve #1 hits on the Billboard Hot 100, The Supremes remain America’s most commercially successfully recording group, and this song (along with “Stop! In the Name of Love”) is one of the most popular karaoke songs. If we handed you the mic this morning and absolutely insisted you perform, what song would you choose (any song, any genre)? “Total Eclipse of the Heart,” because it was our go-to when my friends and I did a lot of karaoke and I’m pretty confident with it. Every so often, I think of others I’d really love to do, but none are coming to mind.
7) Original group member Florence Ballard left the group in 1967. She died of cardiac arrest in 1976 at the age of 32. Since February is National Heart Month, it seems appropriate to ask: Is anyone in your life battling heart disease? Not that I know of.
8) Florence Ballard’s brother, Hank, wrote Chubby Checker’s famous dance song, “The Twist.” When did you last dance? Last weekend at Mardi Gras!
9) Random question: Close your eyes and visualize the most beautiful place you’ve ever been. Now describe it to us. Literally any beach.