Mary Wilson

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Mary Wilson

Mary Wilson

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Mary Wilson

Date of Birth

Date of Birth: March 06, 1944
Date of Passing: February 08, 2021
Birthplace: Greenville, Mississippi
Obituary: Hollywood Reporter

Mary Wilson was an American singer.

Wilson is best known as a founding member of legendary Motown recording artists The Supremes.

With lead vocalist Diana Ross and founding member Florence Ballard (and Ballard's replacement Cindy Birdsong), Wilson appeared on all 12 of the Supremes' number one Billboard pop hits from 1964 to 1969. During that period, the act was the most popular on Motown's roster, charting a total of 16 Top 10 pop singles and 19 Top 10 R&B 45s (six of them chart-toppers).

Mary Wilson was an American singer.

Wilson is best known as a founding member of legendary Motown recording artists The Supremes.

With lead vocalist Diana Ross and founding member Florence Ballard (and Ballard's replacement Cindy Birdsong), Wilson appeared on all 12 of the Supremes' number one Billboard pop hits from 1964 to 1969. During that period, the act was the most popular on Motown's roster, charting a total of 16 Top 10 pop singles and 19 Top 10 R&B 45s (six of them chart-toppers).

After Ross departed the group in 1970 for a solo career, Wilson remained its mainstay through several personnel changes. Though the Supremes never recaptured their dominance of the 1960s, they did score a number one R&B hit, "Stoned Love," and managed to rack up another five Top 20 pop hits.

Wilson released a self-titled solo album on Motown in 1979 that featured a wide variety of musical styles. She released a second solo album, Walk the Line, in 1992.

Wilson appeared in acting roles in NBC's 1960s Tarzan TV series, and several TV films. She was featured as a contestant in the 2019 edition of Dancing with the Stars.

Just two days prior to her death, Wilson announced that she was working with Universal Music on releasing solo material, including the unreleased album, Red Hot, that she recorded in the 1970s with producer Gus Dudgeon.

Wilson died February 8, 2021, in Henderson, Nevada. She was 76.

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