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The Story of the Supremes

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Review

The established view that the massive crossover success of the Supremes helped puncture the racial divide in 1960s America nearly overshadows the fact that the black trio’s repertoire of radio hits — especially during the 1964—69 reign of Diana Ross — constitutes, percentage-wise, one of the most impressive runs of pop singles ever.

After five years of relative anonymity the girls hit their stride in 1964, though one could argue that it was Motown’s songwriting, producing and arranging triumvirate of Brian Holland, Lamont Dozier and Eddie Holland, together with ace in-house session musicians the Funk Brothers, that guaranteed the Hollywood production values that would keep the Supremes’ engine running full-throttle up to and including 1968’s divine Forever Came Today. Dynamic, melancholic, adult and upbeat pop like no other. And made in Detroit.

Summary

Documentary marking the 50th anniversary of debut album Meet the Supremes, telling the story of the early years of a group that became one of Motown's most successful act. Featuring interviews with members Diana Ross, Mary Wilson and Florence Ballard, as well as Motown founder Berry Gordy and songwriters Smokey Robinson, Lamont Dozier and Janie Bradford.

Cast & Crew

Producer Des Shaw

Music Documentary

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