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Mary Wilson

Singer
Female
Born Mar 6, 1944

Mary Wilson is an American singer. A founding member of the Motown female singing group The Supremes, she was the only artist to be a consistent member of the group in its eighteen-year tenure (1959-1977). During its lifespan the group scored 33 top 40 hits, including 12 national #1s on the Billboard pop music charts.… Read More

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Timeline

Learn about the memorable moments in the evolution of Mary Wilson.

CHILDHOOD

1944 Birth Born on March 6, 1944.

TEENAGE

1959 15 Years Old Mary Wilson first met Florence Ballard at an elementary school in Detroit. The duo became friends while singing in the school's talent show. In 1959, Ballard asked Wilson to audition for Milton Jenkins, who was forming a sister group to his male vocal trio, the Primes. … Read More
1962 18 Years Old Wilson graduated from Detroit's Northeastern High School in 1962. … Read More

TWENTIES

1967 23 Years Old In 1967, Motown president Berry Gordy changed the name of the group to Diana Ross & The Supremes and, after a period of tension, Florence Ballard was removed from the Supremes that July. … Read More
1971 27 Years Old During this period Wilson contributed lead or co-lead vocals to several Supremes songs including the hits "Floy Joy" and "Automatically Sunshine" and the title track of the 1971 album Touch. In 1972, Cindy Birdsong left the group following marriage and pregnancy and was replaced by Lynda Lawrence. … Read More

THIRTIES

1974 30 Years Old Wilson married Pedro Ferrer in Las Vegas, NV on May 11, 1974. … Read More
1977 33 Years Old In late 1977 Wilson left The Supremes following a performance at London's Drury Lane Theatre. … Read More
1979 35 Years Old Wilson got involved in a protracted legal battle with Motown over management of the Supremes. After an out-of-court settlement, Wilson signed with Motown for solo work, releasing a disco-heavy self-titled album in 1979. … Read More
1980 36 Years Old Midway through production of a second solo album in 1980, Motown dropped her from their roster. … Read More
1981 37 Years Old Wilson and Ferrer divorced in 1981. … Read More

FORTIES

1986 42 Years Old Wilson found major success once more with her memoir: Dreamgirl: My Life as a Supreme in 1986. … Read More
1987 43 Years Old In 1987, Wilson almost signed a deal with Atlantic Records and Neal Bogard but the label eventually canceled on the deal after the death of Bogard.
1990 46 Years Old Wilson then recorded a cover version of "Ooh Child" for the Motorcity label in 1990.
1992 48 Years Old A year later, she signed with CEO Records and released the album, Walk the Line, in 1992. … Read More

FIFTIES

1995 51 Years Old In 1995, Wilson released a song, ".U", for Contract Recording Company. … Read More
1999 55 Years Old In late 1999, a proposition to reunite the 1967–1970 lineup of the Supremes of Ross, Wilson and Birdsong for a Summer 2000 tour, under their "Diana Ross & The Supremes" moniker was negotiated by Ross and SFX. … Read More
2001 57 Years Old In 2001, Wilson starred in the national tour of Leader of the Pack – The Ellie Greenwich Story. … Read More

LATE ADULTHOOD

2006 62 Years Old In 2006, a live concert DVD, Mary Wilson Live at the Sands, was released. … Read More
2008 64 Years Old In April 2008, Wilson made a special appearance on 20/20 to participate in a social experiment involving pedestrians reacting to a young woman singing "Stop! … Read More
2009 65 Years Old On March 5, 2009, she made a special appearance on The Paul O'Grady Show which ended in a special performance with her, Paul O'Grady and Graham Norton. … Read More
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