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The Supremes

The Supremes recorded 12 top-selling pop tunes between 1964 and 1969, when Diana Ross left the group for a solo career that included acting in motion pictures, as well as live and recorded singing performances. The trio was originally hired by Berry Gordy, president of Motown Records, to sing background vocals for other artists recording for the Detroit-based company. Under Gordy's direction, the popularity of groups such as The Supremes, Martha and the Vandellas, and The Temptations helped Motown become the most profitable black music concern in the world. The Motown Sound was a synthesis of rhythm and blues, gospel, and pop music molded and packaged into a successful "Top 40" product.

 



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