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Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Tuesday's Flashback

I heard this one on the radio today. In listening to it, I was reminded of how exciting The Supremes always were. Even the departure of Diana Ross didn't dim their status for a long time. The exquisitely talented Jean Terrell stepped into Miss Ross' high heels and the hits kept right on coming. Mary Wilson and Cindy Birdsong were just superb as well and they really came into their own as performers and as singers once Ross had gone her own way. The Wilson-Birdsong-Terrell line up sparkled with potential and fans could not get enough of them.

Here, almost a year after Diana's split from the group, they were once again riding high with their second big hit. Stoned Love was a fantastic record with a splendid sound that was both timely and just what the group needed to stay on top at this point. The single went to #1 on the R&B charts and peaked at #7 on the pop charts. The group sported a trendy new look and with Terrell's powerful vocals, meshed oh so well with Mary and Cindy's backing parts, Stoned Love proved that there was indeed life for The Supremes after Diana Ross.