Thursday, January 14, 2010
MOTOWN FLASHBACK: DIANA ROSS & THE SUPREMES FAREWELL CONCERT
ON January 14, 1970, Diana Ross & The Supremes took the stage at the Frontier in Las Vegas and performed their last show together, marking the end of an era and the end of Motown's top selling female group , who had scored 12 # hit records and became the first feamel group to top the UK charts with their classic "Baby Love."
When it was announced that the lead singer Diana Ross was leaving to pursue a solo career, many were sad including original member Mary Wilson, who stayed with the group unti they disbanded and hiring Cindy Birdsong, who had replaced the group's original member and founder Florence Ballad 2 years earlier.
Well fans who were lucky enought to attend that concert had some great memories and though I didn't make my debut until 11 months later, whever I listen to the Farewell album, I can sfell a sense of saddness because they never had a proper farewell tour, and many had wondered if both Diana and the group featuring her replacement Jean Terrell could make it. The answer was yes. For a while, the new Supremes were hotten than Diana; the new line-up had scroed four gold records including "Up The Ladder To The Roof" and "Stoned Love" wheile Diane scored a # 1 hit with "Ain't No Mountain High Enough, but the latter didn't have a ntoehr #hit until 3 years later. She did becme a successful actress earning an nomination for her portrayal of Billie Holiday in the hit movie "Lady Sings The Blues."
That concert was filled with great singing and solos by bothe Diana and Mary and featured many guest in the audience including Smokey Robinson and his first wife Claudette, Marvin Gaye and many of the Gordy family, while Ed Sullivan send them a telegram and proclamimed them as the hottest act of the 60's were know becoming two of the hotttest acts of the 70's