Monday, March 5, 2012
sometimes up, sometimes down
The original Supremes, singing their third-in-a-row #1 hit, "Come See About Me", released in 1964. In case you don't know them, that's Florence Ballard ("Flo") on the left, who was rudely kicked out of the group in 1967 and died in poverty in 1976; in the middle, Diana Ross, who went off into her solo career in 1970; and, on the right, Mary Wilson, who stayed with the Supremes through many reincarnations, who wrote a terrific autobiography called Dreamgirl: My Life As A Supreme (which totally trashed Diana Ross), and who, by the way, I kissed on the cheek several years ago.
Regardless of how they later turned out, in 1964, at age 18, I was crazy about the Supremes, as my parents watched and kinda shook their heads. Sometimes I remember that feeling when I see my nephew James at age 18 being gaga over Lady Gaga. I try not to shake my head.