Saturday, October 19, 2013

THE SUPREMES: THE JEAN TERRELL YEARS [1970-73]

Just a Saturday morning recap on a couple of my digitized VHS transfers; thanks to everyone from the international Supremes clan for all the cool stuff over the years that I wouldn't have gotten to see or hear otherwise! LOL  ;)

THE SUPREMES:  THE JEAN TERRELL YEARS

CLIP #1:  Their very first appearance with Jean Terrell, along with Mary Wilson and Cindy Birdsong, on the Ed Sullivan Show in 1970.  This was their only appearance as The Supremes without Diana Ross/with Jean because the long-running show had ended shortly after this gig.  

Jean, Mary and Cindy performing a live medley of showtunes/older R&B, followed by their first single as "The NEW Supremes" (as Sullivan called them), "Up The Ladder To The Roof".  Which surprisingly charted a lot higher than Diana Ross' first solo single, "Reach Out And Touch (Somebody's Hand)", also released in 1970 and pretty much simultaneously.



THE SUPREMES:  THE JEAN TERRELL YEARS

CLIP #2:  In early 1972, Cindy Birdsong had to take maternity leave after recording her vocals on their 1971 LP Floy Joy (Lynda was asked to substitute for Cindy for the album photo sessions, even though it's Cindy's, not Lynda's, voice on every single cut.  

Jean Terrell, Mary Wilson and Lynda Laurence performing live their final single with Miss Terrell from 1973, "Bad Weather", which Stevie Wonder had specifically written for them (Lynda had previously been in Stevie's backup singer group called Wonderlove).  Followed by the group's preceding single, "I Guess I'll Miss The Man" from 1972.  This was all recorded live on some Kate Smith (OMFG EEEEEEEEEKKK!!!) TV special in 1973.  

After this, Jean and Lynda were outtie - and I'll bet you 10 dollars to a MF donut it was that Kate Smith who skeered them both off!