Wednesday, June 26, 2013

VHS Recording: The Supremes in 1974

Another "Supreme" live television performance, from 1974.  Lead singer Jean Terrell and Lynda Laurence left the group in 1973, and Cindy Birdsong, who'd taken maternity leave in 1971, returned back to her spot next to original member, Mary Wilson.  Searching for a new lead singer, they were introduced to Scherrie Payne, younger sister of singer Freda Payne, and formerly of the Invictus label group The Glass House.  Being a powerhouse of a singer, she was the perfect choice to join and stayed with the group until they disbanded in 1977.  

This performance was shortly after Jean and Lynda left and Scherrie was hired and Cindy re-joined.  First verse - Mary/Second verse - Scherrie/Third verse - Cindy.  All three look and sound great, and Scherrie looks almost identical to her sister Freda, and her voice sounds a lot similar too.  The following year, they released their self-titled LP The Supremes in 1975, their first studio album since 1972.