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The Supremes in the ‘70s

They went through several lineup changes after the departure of Diana Ross in 1970, but still managed to score a few more hits, mostly with Ross soundalike Jean Terrell as lead singer.

Birdsong left the group briefly in 1972, replaced by Lynda Laurence, formerly a backup singer for Stevie Wonder. Terrell and Laurence both left in 1973; Terrell was replaced by Scherrie Payne (sister of Freda), while Laurence was replaced by the returning Birdsong. This iteration lasted until 1976, when Birdsong left again, replaced by Susaye Green, another former Stevie Wonder backup singer. This formation had one final Top 40 hit, “I’m Gonna Let My Heart Do the Walking.”

The group disbanded in 1977, although Scherrie Payne and Susaye Green released a duet album, Partners, in 1979.

All of their ‘70s albums are available on streaming services and they’re generally quite strong even though they didn’t perform terribly well commercially. The Supremes Produced & Arranged by Jimmy Webb (from 1972, the last album to feature Jean Terrell) is particularly beautiful.

What are your ‘70s Supremes favorites?

by Anonymousreply 902/22/2021

I liked the Jean, Mary and Cindy lineup. Jean didn’t sound like Diana Ross.

“Stoned Love,” “Everbody’s Got the Right to Live,” and others.

by Anonymousreply 101/27/2019

I love the Jimmy Webb album. 5:30 Plane is an incredible song.

I love all the Jean Terrell albums. The box set that came out over a decade ago - This is the Story - is one of my favourite box sets. Beautifully produced and packaged and helps to reassess their output.

by Anonymousreply 201/27/2019

I beg to differ that Jean didn't sound a lot like Diana. I once dated a guy who had no idea that Diana Ross wasn't singing on "Up the Ladder to the Roof."

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by Anonymousreply 301/28/2019

Here's "Bad Weather," with Jean, Mary, and Lynda Laurence. Mary, as always, has that shit-eating grin that makes her look like she's mentally retarded.

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by Anonymousreply 401/28/2019

"Up the Ladder to the Roof" is probably one of my top ten favorite songs of all time.

by Anonymousreply 501/28/2019

Scherrie Payne was probably the most talented lead singer that group ever had. Criminally underrated.

by Anonymousreply 601/28/2019

Let Yourself Go (1976) - Scherrie Payne, Mary Wilson, Susaye Green (the final Supremes incarnation):

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by Anonymousreply 701/28/2019

Automatically Sunshine (1972)

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by Anonymousreply 801/28/2019

I love the '70s Supremes output. Nathan Jones is a classic. It was covered by Bananarama, and it became a hit for them in the late '80s and their version was featured in Rain Man, as well as the soundtrack. I still think the original Supremes version is superior.

by Anonymousreply 902/22/2021
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