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The Supreme sound of Diana Ross, Mary Wilson and Florence Ballard

The Story

The Supremes, in Toronto for a week of concerts at the O'Keefe Centre, join Luncheon Date host Elwood Glover for a chat.  The trio discuss the previous night’s concert, how they got together, Motown Records, and the style of their music, which has switched from 3-part harmony to the new sound of Ballard and Wilson singing back-up to Ross’s lead.  They touch on the subject of money – their one-hundred-dollar-a-week allowance, the cost of their gowns, and finally how success has affected their lives.

Broadcast Medium: Television
Program: Luncheon Date
Broadcast Date: June 21, 1966
Interviewer: Elwood Glover
Guests: Diana Ross, Mary Wilson, Florence Ballard
Duration: 11:24

Did You know?

• A newspaper ad for the performances listed matinee seats ranging in cost from $1.50 to $3.50, and the evening show tickets cost between $2.00 and $5.50.  The other performers on the bill were comedian Red Buttons, 16-year-old Stevie Wonder, and The Wellingtons, a folk-singing group.

• Listen here for a radio interview with 13-year-old "Little Stevie Wonder".

• A 1967 radio interview with lead singer Diana Ross in which she talks about the departure of Florence Ballard can be heard here.

• Diana Ross was born March 26, 1944, Mary Wilson March 6, 1944, and Florence Ballard, June 30, 1943.  Ballard died of a heart attack on Feb. 22, 1976.  




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