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The Supremes were an American singing group from Detroit, Michigan, who recorded for Motown Records as their premier act. The original lineup included Diana Ross, Mary Wilson and Florence Ballard. This timeline chronicles their activities.

Contents
1930s · 1940s · 1950s · 1960 · 1961 · 1962 · 1963 · 1964 · 1965 · 1966 · 1967 · 1968 · 1969 · 1970s · 1980s · 1990s · 2000s · 2010s
See also · Notes

Legend[edit]

Type codes
T Event type
G Changes to group lineup/name
L Life events including births, deaths, weddings, and divorces
PA Performance: audition
PC Performance: concert
PR Performance: radio broadcast
PT Performance: TV broadcast
RA Record release: album
RE Record release: EP
RF Film or video release
RS Record release: single
S Recording music for record release
SR Recording music for radio broadcast
V Recording video (film, TV, video)
O Other events
Location codes
Event location L
Canada CAN
Germany GER
United Kingdom UK
United States US
Other O

1930s[edit]

Date T Event L
1939 Dec 15 L Cindy Birdsong is born in Mount Holly Township, New Jersey. US

1940s[edit]

Date T Event L
1941 Jun 30 L Betty McGlown is born in Detroit, Michigan. US
1943 Jun L Barbara Martin is born in Detroit. US
1943 Jun 30 L Florence Ballard is born in Detroit. US
1944 Mar 06 L Mary Wilson is born in Greenville, Mississippi. US
1944 Mar 26 L Diana Ross is born in Detroit. US
1944 Nov 04 L Scherrie Payne is born in Detroit. US
1944 Nov 26 L Jean Terrell is born in Belzoni, Mississippi. US
1949 Feb 20 L Lynda Laurence (née Tucker) is born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. US
1949 Sep 13 L Susaye Greene is born in Houston, Texas. US

1950s[edit]

Date T Event L
1959 G The Primettes form in Detroit. The lineup includes Florence Ballard, Mary Wilson, Diana Ross and Betty McGlown. US

1960[edit]

Date T Event L
1960 Aug RS "Tears of Sorrow" / "Pretty Baby" released by The Primettes on Lu Pine Records.[1] US
1960 G Betty McGlown is replaced by Barbara Martin. US

1961[edit]

Date T Event L
1961 Jan 01 G The Primettes are signed by Motown Records, and change their name to The Supremes. US
1961 Jan 15 G The Supremes sign to Motown. US
1961 Mar 09 RS "I Want a Guy" / "Never Again" released.[1] US
1961 Jul 21 RS "Buttered Popcorn" / "Who's Lovin' You" released.[1] US

1962[edit]

Date T Event L
1962 G Barbara Martin leaves the group, who continue on as a trio. US
1962 May 08 RS "Your Heart Belongs to Me" / "(He's) Seventeen" released.[2] US
1962 Nov 05 RS "Let Me Go the Right Way" / "Time Changes Things" released.[2][3] US
1962 Dec 09 RA Meet The Supremes released.[4] US

1963[edit]

Date T Event L
1963 Feb 02 RS "My Heart Can't Take It No More" / "You Bring Back Memories" released.[2] US
1963 Jun 12 RS "A Breath Taking Guy" / "(The Man with the) Rock and Roll Banjo Band" released.[2] US
1963 Oct 31 RS "When the Lovelight Starts Shining Through His Eyes" / "Standing at the Crossroads of Love" released.[2][3] US
1963 Dec RA The Supremes Sing Ballads & Blues planned release cancelled. US

1964[edit]

Date T Event L
1964 Feb 07 RS "Run, Run, Run" / "I'm Giving You Your Freedom" released.[2][3] US
1964 Jun 17 RS "Where Did Our Love Go" / "He Means the World to Me" released.[2][3][4] US
1964 Aug 31 RA Where Did Our Love Go released.[5][6] US
1964 Sep 17 RS "Baby Love" / "Ask Any Girl" released.[2][3][4] US
1964 Oct 16 RA A Bit of Liverpool released.[5][6] US
1964 Oct 27 RS "Come See About Me" / "(You're Gone, But) Always in My Heart" released.[2][3][4] US

1965[edit]

Date T Event L
1965 Feb 08 RS "Stop! In the Name of Love" / "I'm in Love Again" released.[2][3][4] US
1965 Feb 22 RA The Supremes Sing Country, Western and Pop released.[5] US
1965 Mar RA Live! Live! Live! planned release cancelled. US
1965 Apr 12 RA We Remember Sam Cooke released.[5][6] US
1965 Apr 15 RS "Back in My Arms Again" / "Whisper You Love Me Boy" released.[2][3][4] US
1965 May RS "Moonlight and Kisses" / "Baby, Baby, Wo Ist Unsere Liebe" ("Where Did Our Love Go") released. GER
1965 Jun RS "The Only Time I'm Happy" / Supremes Interview - promotional disc released. US
1965 Jul 16 RS "Mother Dear" / "He Holds His Own" planned release cancelled. US
1965 Jul 16 RS "Nothing but Heartaches" / "He Holds His Own" released.[2][3] US
1965 Jul 23 RA More Hits by The Supremes released.[5][6] US
1965 Aug 13 RS "Things Are Changing" / "Things Are Changing" radio promotional single released. US
1965 Sep RA There's a Place for Us planned release cancelled. US
1965 Oct 06 RS "Mother Dear" / "Who Could Ever Doubt My Love" planned release cancelled. US
1965 Oct 06 RS "I Hear a Symphony" / "Who Could Ever Doubt My Love" released.[2][3][4] US
1965 Oct RS "Thank You Darling, Thank You Baby" / "Jonny und Joe" ("Come See About Me") released. GER
1965 Oct RA Around the World with The Supremes planned release cancelled. US
1965 Nov 01 RA The Supremes at the Copa released.[5][6] US
1965 Nov 01 RA Merry Christmas released. US
1965 Nov 18 RS "Children's Christmas Song" / "Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Me" released. US
1965 Dec RA A Tribute to the Girls planned release cancelled. US
1965 Dec 29 RS "My World Is Empty Without You" / "Everything Is Good About You" released.[2][3] US

1966[edit]

Date T Event L
1966 Feb 18 RA I Hear a Symphony released.[5][6] US
1966 Apr 08 RS "Love Is Like an Itching in My Heart" / "He's All I Got" released.[2][3] US
1966 May RA Pure Gold planned release cancelled. US
1966 Jul 25 RS "You Can't Hurry Love" / "Put Yourself in My Place" released.[2][3][4] US
1966 Aug 25 RA The Supremes A' Go-Go released.[4][5][6] US
1966 Oct 12 RS "You Keep Me Hangin' On" / "Mother You, Smother You" planned release cancelled. US
1966 Oct 12 RS "You Keep Me Hangin' On" / "Remove This Doubt" released.[2][3][4] US

1967[edit]

Date T Event L
1967 Jan 11 RS "Love Is Here and Now You're Gone" / "There's No Stopping Us Now" released.[2][3][4] US
1967 Jan 23 RA The Supremes Sing Holland–Dozier–Holland released.[4][5][6] US
1967 Mar 20 RS "The Happening" / "All I Know About You" released.[2][3][4] US
1967 Apr 03 RS "L'Amore Verra'" ("You Can't Hurry Love") / "Se Il Filo Spezzerai" ("You Keep Me Hangin' On") released. (Italy) O
1967 Apr RA The Supremes and the Motown Sound: From Broadway to Hollywood planned release cancelled. US
1967 May 22 RA The Supremes Sing Rodgers & Hart released.[4][5][6] US
1967 Jun 28 G The Supremes are renamed Diana Ross & the Supremes. US
1967 Jul 01 G Florence Ballard is released from The Supremes and replaced by Cindy Birdsong. US
1967 Jul 24 RS "Reflections" / "Going Down for the Third Time" released.[2][3][4] US
1967 Aug 29 RA Greatest Hits released.[4][5][6] US
1967 Oct 25 RS "In and Out of Love" / "I Guess I'll Always Love You" released.[2][3][4] US
1967 Dec RA Diana Ross & the Supremes Sing Disney Classics planned release cancelled. US

1968[edit]

Date T Event L
1968 Feb 29 RS "Forever Came Today" / "Time Changes Things" released.[2][3][4] US
1968 Mar 25 RA Reflections released.[4][5][6] US
1968 Apr RS "What the World Needs Now Is Love" / "Your Kiss of Fire" planned release cancelled. US
1968 May 21 RS "Some Things You Never Get Used To" / "You've Been So Wonderful to Me" released.[2][3][4] US
1968 Aug 26 RA Live at London's Talk of the Town released.[4][5][6] US
1968 Aug 26 RA Diana Ross & the Supremes Sing and Perform "Funny Girl" released.[5] US
1968 Sep 30 RS "Love Child" / "Will This Be the Day" released.[2][3][4] US
1968 Nov 08 RA Diana Ross & the Supremes Join The Temptations released.[4][5][6] US
1968 Nov 13 RA Love Child released.[4][5][6] US
1968 Nov 21 RS "The Impossible Dream" / "A Place in the Sun" planned release cancelled. US
1968 Nov 21 RS "I'm Gonna Make You Love Me" / "A Place in the Sun" released.[2][3][4] US
1968 Dec 02 RA TCB released.[4][5][6] US

1969[edit]

Date T Event L
1969 Jan 06 RS "I'm Livin' in Shame" / "I'm So Glad I Got Somebody (Like You Around)" released.[2][3][4] US
1969 Feb 20 RS "I'll Try Something New" / "The Way You Do the Things You Do" released.[2][3] US
1969 Mar 27 RS "The Composer" / "The Beginning of The End" released.[2][3] US
1969 May 09 RS "No Matter What Sign You Are" / "The Young Folks" released.[2][3][4] US
1969 May 26 RA Let the Sunshine In released.[5][6] US
1969 Aug RS "Stubborn Kind of Fellow" / "Try It Baby" planned release cancelled. US
1969 Aug 21 RS "The Weight" / "For Better or Worse" released.[2][3] US
1969 Sep RS "I Second That Emotion" / "The Way You Do the Things You Do" released.[4] UK
1969 Sep 23 RA Together released.[4][5][6] US
1969 Oct 14 RS "Someday We'll Be Together" / "He's My Sunny Boy" released.[2][3][4] US
1969 Nov 03 RA Cream of the Crop released.[4][5][6] US
1969 Nov 07 RA G.I.T. on Broadway released.[5][6] US
1969 Dec 18 RA Greatest Hits Vol. 3 released.[4][5][6] US

1970s[edit]

Date T Event L
1970 Jan 14 G Diana Ross & the Supremes perform together for the last time. After the performance, Diana Ross leaves The Supremes to go solo and is replaced by Jean Terrell. The group name then goes back to The Supremes. US
1970 Feb 16 RS "Life Beats" / "Bill, When Are You Coming Back" planned release cancelled. US
1970 Feb 16 RS "Up the Ladder to the Roof" / "Bill, When Are You Coming Back" released.[2][3][4] US
1970 Mar RS "Why (Must We Fall in Love)" / "Uptight (Everything's Alright)" released (as by Diana Ross & the Supremes).[4] UK
1970 Apr 13 RA Farewell released.[5][6] US
1970 Apr 26 RA Right On released.[5][6] US
1970 Jun 25 RS "Everybody's Got the Right to Love" / "But I Love You More" released.[2][3] US
1970 Sep RA The Magnificent 7 released.[5][6] US
1970 Oct RA New Ways but Love Stays released.[5][6] US
1970 Oct 15 RS "Stoned Love" / "Shine on Me" released.[2][3][4] US
1970 Nov 05 RS "River Deep – Mountain High" / "Together We Can Make Such Sweet Music" released.[2][3][4] US
1971 Apr 15 RS "Nathan Jones" / "Happy (Is a Bumpy Road)" released.[2][3][4] US
1971 May 11 RS "You Gotta Have Love in Your Heart" / "I'm Glad About It" released.[2][3][4] US
1971 Jun RS "River Deep – Mountain High" / "It's Got to Be a Miracle (This Thing Called Love)" released.[4] UK
1971 Jun RA The Return of the Magnificent Seven released.[5] US
1971 Jun RA Touch released.[4][5][6] US
1971 Sep 07 RS "Touch" / "It's So Hard for Me to Say Good-bye" released.[2] US
1971 Dec 01 RS "Floy Joy" / "This Is the Story" released.[2][3][4] US
1971 Dec RA Dynamite! released.[5][6] US
1971 Dec RA Promises Kept planned release cancelled. US
1972 Apr G Cindy Birdsong leaves The Supremes and is replaced by Lynda Laurence. US
1972 Apr 11 RS "Automatically Sunshine" / "Precious Little Things" released.[2][3][4] US
1972 May RA Floy Joy released.[5][6] US
1972 May RS "Without the One You Love" / "Let's Make Love Now" released. UK
1972 Jul 11 RS "Your Wonderful, Sweet Sweet Love" / "The Wisdom of Time" released.[2][3] US
1972 Sep 15 RS "I Guess I'll Miss the Man" / "Over and Over" released.[2] US
1972 Nov RS "Your Wonderful, Sweet Sweet Love" / "Love It Came to Me This Time" released. UK
1972 Nov RS "Reach Out and Touch (Somebody's Hand)" / "Where Would I Be Without You Baby" released. UK
1972 Nov RA The Supremes Produced and Arranged by Jimmy Webb released.[5][6] US
1973 Mar 22 RS "Bad Weather" / "Oh Be My Love" released.[2][3][4] US
1973 Mar RS "Bad Weather" / "It's So Hard for Me to Say Good-bye" released.[4] UK
1973 RA The Supremes Live! In Japan released. (Japan) O
1973 Sep RS "Tossin' and Turnin'" / "Oh Be My Love" released. UK
1973 Oct G Lynda Laurence leaves The Supremes and is replaced by Cindy Birdsong, who had replaced her. Also, Jean Terrell leaves The Supremes and is replaced by Scherrie Payne. US
1974 May RA Diana Ross & the Supremes Anthology (version one) released.[5][6] US
1974 Aug RS "Baby Love" / "Ask Any Girl" re-released.[4] UK
1974 Nov RS "Where Did Our Love Go" / "Nothing but Heartaches" released. UK
1975 May RA The Supremes released.[5][6] US
1975 Jun 12 RS "It's All Been Said Before" / "Give Out, But Don't Give Up" planned release cancelled. US
1975 Jun 12 RS "He's My Man" / "Give Out, But Don't Give Up" released.[3] US
1975 Sep 05 RS "Where Do I Go from Here" / "Give Out, But Don't Give Up" released.[3] US
1975 Nov RS "Early Morning Love" / "Where Is It I Belong" released. UK
1976 Feb G Cindy Birdsong leaves The Supremes again and is replaced by Susaye Greene. US
1976 Feb 22 L Florence Ballard dies of coronary thrombosis in Detroit. US
1976 Mar 16 RS "I'm Gonna Let My Heart Do the Walking" / "Early Morning Love" released.[2][3] US
1976 Apr RA High Energy released.[5][6] US
1976 Apr RS "High Energy" / "High Energy" released.[7] US
1976 May RS "I'm Gonna Let My Heart Do the Walking" / "Colour My World Blue" released. UK
1976 Sep RS "Baby Love" / "Stop! In the Name of Love" released. UK
1976 Sep RS "Stoned Love" / "Nathan Jones" released. UK
1976 Sep 30 RS "You're My Driving Wheel" / "You're What's Missing in My Life" released.[2][3] US
1976 Oct RA Mary, Scherrie & Susaye released. US
1977 Jan 25 RS "Let Yourself Go" / "You Are the Heart of Me" released.[3] US
1977 Mar RS "Love, I Never Knew You Could Feel So Good" / "This Is Why I Believe in You" released.[7] US
1977 Jun 12 G The Supremes perform their farewell concert in London and disband. UK
1977 Aug RS "Someday We'll Be Together" / "You Keep Me Hangin' On" released. UK
1977 Sep RA 20 Golden Greats released.[4] UK
1978 Jun 30 RA At Their Best released. US

1980s[edit]

Date T Event L
1980 Apr RS "Supremes Medley (Part 1)" / "Supremes Medley (Part 2)" released. UK
1980 Sep RS "You Can't Hurry Love" / "The Happening" released. UK
1980 Sep RS "Reflections" / "Love Child" released. UK
1980 Sep RS "Up the Ladder to the Roof" / "Automatically Sunshine" released. UK
1980 Sep RS "River Deep – Mountain High" / "You Gotta Have Love in Your Heart" released. UK
1980 Sep RS "Floy Joy" / "Bad Weather" released. UK
1983 Feb RS "Back In My Arms Again" / "Love Is Here and Now You're Gone" released. UK
1984 Jul RS "Reach Out and Touch (Somebody's Hand)" / "Reach Out and Touch (Somebody's Hand)" released. UK
1985 Apr RS "I'm Gonna Make You Love Me" / "I Second That Emotion" released. UK
1985 Apr RS "You Keep Me Hangin' On" / "Come See About Me" released. UK
1985 Apr RS "The Composer" / "Take Me Where You Go" released. UK
1985 RA Diana Ross & the Supremes: 25th Anniversary Collection released. US
1986 RA Diana Ross & the Supremes Anthology (version two) released. US
1987 Jul 01 RA The Never-Before-Released Masters released. US
1988 Dec RA Love Supreme released.[4] UK
1989 Jan RS "Stop! In the Name of Love" / "Automatically Sunshine" released.[4] UK

1990s[edit]

Date T Event L
1991 RA The Supremes ('70s): Greatest Hits and Rare Classics released. US
1995 RA The Best of Diana Ross & the Supremes: Anthology (version three) released. US
1997 Oct 07 RA The Ultimate Collection released. US
1998 Oct RA 40 Golden Motown Greats released.[4] UK

2000s[edit]

Date T Event L
2000 Aug 29 RA The Supremes released. US
2000 RA 20th Century Masters: The Best of Diana Ross & the Supremes, Vol. 1 released. US
2000 RA 20th Century Masters: The Best of Diana Ross & the Supremes, Vol. 2 released. US
2001 RA Diana Ross & the Supremes Anthology (version four) released. US
2002 Oct 29 RA The '70s Anthology released. US
2003 Oct 21 RA Diana Ross & the Supremes: The No. 1's released. US
2004 RA Joined Together: The Complete Studio Duets released. US
2004 Jul 09 RA There's a Place for Us released. US
2005 RA The Supremes Gold released. US
2006 Dec 12 RA This Is the Story: The '70s Albums, Vol. 1 – 1970–1973: The Jean Terrell Years released. US
2007 RA Diana Ross & the Supremes Remixes released. US
2008 Jan 12 L Betty McGlown dies at Royal Oak, Oakland County, Michigan. US
2008 Mar 25 RA Let the Music Play: Supreme Rarities released. US
2008 Sep 28 RA The Definitive Collection released. US
2009 RA Magnificent: The Complete Studio Duets released. US

2010s[edit]

Date T Event L
2010 Aug 31 RA Icon: Diana Ross & the Supremes released. US
2011 May 17 RA Let Yourself Go: The '70s Albums, Vol 2 – 1974–1977: The Final Sessions released. US
2011 Oct 24 RA 50th Anniversary: The Singles Collection 1961–1969 released. US

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Wilson, Mary; Dreamgirl & Supreme Faith: My Life as a Supreme (1999)
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z aa ab ac ad ae af ag ah ai aj ak al am an ao ap aq ar as Whitburn, Joel; Top Pop Singles: 1955-2006 (2007)
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z aa ab ac ad ae af ag ah ai aj ak al am an ao ap aq Whitburn, Joel; Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942-2004 (2005)
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z aa ab ac ad ae af ag ah ai aj ak al am an ao ap aq ar as at au av aw ax Roberts, David; British Hit Singles & Albums (2006), pp. 541–542
  5. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z aa ab ac ad ae af ag ah Whitburn, Joel; Top Billboard Albums: 1956-2005 (2006)
  6. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z aa ab ac ad ae Whitburn, Joel; Top R&B Albums: 1965-1998 (1999)
  7. ^ a b Whitburn, Joel; Billboard Hot Dance/Disco: 1974-2003 (2004)