Mary Wilson is an American vocalist best known as a founding member and longest member of the Supremes.
Motown Records helped create the soundtrack for a generation. And no group at that famous label was more iconic than The Supremes, both for their sound, and for their groundbreaking glamour. This week, hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot talk to Mary Wilson of The Supremes about her days at Motown, and how the group became international ambassadors representing an entire community. Jim and Greg also review new records from the Southern rock band Drive-By Truckers and indie singer-songwriter Torres.
Dan is joined by Motown legend and Supremes founding member Mary Wilson to discuss her amazing career, hardships and the new Motown documentary. Mary chronicles her life with one of the world's most famous record labels and how she and two of her best friends became the world's biggest female band. We hear about the time they met The Beatles, the British Royal Family, and how Mary's relationship with Diana Ross has been tested over the years, despite them remaining good friends. Mary also opens up to Dan about the tragedies she has suffered in her life, first with the death of bandmate Florence Ballard and then the loss of her son Rafael in a devastating car accident.Dan challenges Mary to give The Five songs that mean the most to her in a Supremes Special Edition, and she also takes on Shuffle, Delete, Repeat.Hit subscribe to never miss an episode and let us know what you think of The Dan Wootton Interview here.Follow all the action on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For information regarding your data privacy, visit  See for privacy and opt-out information.
Mary Wilson Supremes legendary singer talks about Richmond Ermet Aid Foundation’s event “Help Is On The Way 24 Celebrating Music, Legends & Icons” with Emmy Winner Charlotte Robinson host of OUTTAKE VOICES™. Ms. Wilson performed along with Debby Boone, Leanne Borghesi, Eileen Bourgade, Carole Cook, Davis Gaines, Debby Holiday, Kimberly Locke, Valerie Pettiford, Jai Rodriguez, Paula West, Top Shelf Classics, Eric Risenberg and Velena Vayn. For over twenty years the Richmond / Ermet Aid Foundation has raised millions of dollars by producing Broadway quality entertainment events and galas to advance HIV treatments and support AIDS services until there is a cure. Since 2015 REAF has expanded its fundraising focus to the Bay Area’s growing demand for two new areas by providing food for the needy and programs that support homeless, disadvantaged and disenfranchised youth. We talked to Mary about this tremendous organization and as a fierce ally her spin on our LGBTQ issues. When asked what her personal commitment is to LGBTQ civil rights Wilson stated, “I have been involved in this fight against AIDS and HIV for years and now you know obviously it’s become something that we all are aware of. So a lot of my friends are in that community and so I want to be a part because they are my friends, my very dear friends. For me it wasn’t even a no brainer. I do it because it’s part of what I do for the people I love.” Mary Wilson was a founding member and longest member of the legendary singing group The Supremes. Wilson remained with the group following the departures of other original members Florence Ballard in 1967 and Diana Ross in 1970 until the group disbanded in 1977. Since then she has released three solo albums, five singles and two best-selling autobiographies, “Dreamgirl: My Life As a Supreme” and “Supreme Faith: Someday We'll Be Together”. Wilson has also used her fame and flair to promote humanitarian efforts to end hunger, raise AIDS awareness and encourage world peace. The Richmond/Ermet Aid Foundation was founded by the late Barbara Richmond and Peggy Ermet in memory of their sons John Richmond and Doug Ermet who both lost their lives to AIDS. In 1995, the two women decided not to get mad but get even when they launched a musical AIDS benefit to honor their sons by raising funds for AIDS service organizations. "Help Is On The Way 24" directed by David Galligan and musical director Michael Sobie is Northern California's largest annual benefit concert benefiting HIV/AIDS and hunger programs. It's an elegant evening of wonderful music, delicious food and beverages tastings and most of all fun.For Info & Tix: Hear 450+ LGBT Interviews @OUTTAKE VOICES
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Mar 6th, 1944
Las Vegas, NV, USA
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1 hour, 53 minutes