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Sunday, December 12, 2010

Supreme Sunday

1972. The Supremes – Mary Wilson, Cindy Birdsong, and Jean Terrell - were at the height of their post Ross popularity. Smokey Robinson wrote and produced their album Floy Joy, released in the spring of that year, and its title track was a huge hit. Alternating lead vocals between Mary and Jean, fans adored this track and it remains one of their most popular releases.

Birdsong had gone on maternity leave shortly before the album’s release, being replaced by Lynda Laurence, and it’s Laurence who appears in the video from Soul Train displayed here. The group sounded fantastic and Floy Joy again took them to the top of the charts. With Robinson’s original touches and matchless prowess as a songwriter, the formula was stacked without question in The Supremes’ favor.

Still a radio favorite, Floy Joy is a song that gets in your head and keeps you humming its melody for hours. Like the group that recorded it, this track is Supreme.


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