1961 was the beginning of a new decade of magical music moments with another big M. Motown.
It was on this date in 1961, The Supremes signed a worldwide contract with Motown and went on to make history with a string of hits that defined the era.
I dare you to disagree that the Supremes were the greatest female pop group in the history of music. Led by the fabulous Diana Ross, they’re songs are timeless, brilliantly produced classics.
I was 18 when I discovered them. I had heard all the hits on the radio growing up but when I became a musical snob, I realized their brilliance could not be ignored.
I remember hiding my double album collection of The Supremes hits from my friends who would rather listen to a 15 minute blues guitar solo. One day, my friend Mad Jim actually found it and gave me a look and said “What is’ your Mother’s record doing here”. I turned red and said. “uh, I don’t know, put it over there with the Frank Sinatra records, since those are her’s too”
In retrospect, I was right to listen to The Supremes. I remember them more than I remember what ever the name was of that blues guitarist we were listening to. Roy Buchanan maybe?