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Cindy Birdsong

Singer
Female
Born Dec 15, 1939

Cynthia Ann "Cindy" Birdsong is an American singer, most famous for singing with the legendary soul groups Patti LaBelle & the Bluebelles and The Supremes.

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CHILDHOOD

1939 Birth Birdsong was born in Mount Holly, New Jersey on December 15, 1939, to parents Lloyd Birdsong, Sr. and Annie Birdsong. … Read More

TWENTIES

1960 20 Years Old When Cindy returned to Philadelphia she was contacted by a longtime friend, Patsy Holt, in 1960 to replace Sundray Tucker in Holt's singing group The Ordettes. … Read More
1962 22 Years Old The group had their first hit with "I Sold My Heart to the Junkman" in 1962 though LaBelle wrote in her memoirs that the song was actually recorded by The Starlets. … Read More
1963 23 Years Old Birdsong first met The Supremes when the group opened for them in 1963. … Read More
1967 27 Years Old 1 More Event
Starting in mid and late 1967, Birdsong began to appear as a stand-in vocalist for Supremes founder Florence Ballard when Ballard's bout with alcoholism caused her to miss important gigs.

THIRTIES

1972 32 Years Old …  Birdsong continued to perform with the Supremes when she became pregnant with her son, David, Birdsong officially leaving the Supremes in April 1972, after completing the Floy Joy album's recording sessions.
1973 33 Years Old Her replacement, Lynda Laurence, who is Sundray Tucker's sister, had already joined Mary Wilson and Jean Terrell onstage and on the Floy Joy album cover, as Birdsong's pregnancy became visible. After a brief hiatus, Birdsong returned to the Supremes in late 1973, replacing a pregnant Laurence.
1975 35 Years Old …  Birdsong filed for divorce in March, 1975 citing "irreconcilable differences". … Read More
1976 36 Years Old Birdsong remained with the Supremes until she retired in February 1976, frustrated with her dealings with Mary Wilson's then-husband, Pedro Ferrer, who was serving as the group's manager. … Read More

FORTIES

1983 43 Years Old In 1983, Birdsong joined fellow former Supremes Mary Wilson and Diana Ross in a one-off reunion on the Motown 25 anniversary television special. … Read More

FIFTIES

1999 59 Years Old In 1999, she reunited with the Bluebelles, who changed their name to Labelle after Birdsong's departure, for the first time in thirty-two years as the group accepted an R&B Foundation Award for Lifetime Achievement singing "You'll Never Walk Alone" together.

LATE ADULTHOOD

2004 64 Years Old In 2004, Birdsong joined former Supreme Mary Wilson and Kelly Rowland (of Destiny's Child) to perform a medley of Supreme hits for the Motown 45 anniversary television special. Today, Cindy is divorced and a minister in the Los Angeles area. Cindy married Charles Hewlett in August, 1970 in San Francisco.
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