Singer Florence Ballard
birth name: Florence Glenda Ballard

Florence Ballard

June 30, 1943, Rosetta, MS ~ February 22, 1976, Detroit, MI

Other Motown stars (most notably Martha Reeves) resented what they perceived as the inordinate attention lavished upon Diana Ross by Berry Gordy, at the expense of other artists on the label. The other Supremes themselves felt increasingly pushed to the background. In mid-1967, as a result of what was deemed increasingly unprofessional behavior, Ballard was replaced by Cindy Birdsong (from Patti Labelle & the Bluebelles). Ballard become one of rock's greatest tragedies, eventually ending up on welfare, and dying in 1976. ~ Allmusic: Supremes ~ retrieved June 11, 2013 © Allmusic

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Florence Ballard's story has been referenced in a number of works by other artists. The 1980 song Romeo's Tune, from Mississippian Steve Forbert's album Jackrabbit Slim is “dedicated to the memory of Florence Ballard”. The Billy Bragg song King James Version on his William Bloke album contains the line “Remember the sadness in Florence Ballard's eyes”. On his 2006 album Hip Hop is Dead, hip-hop artist Nas mentions the Ballard/Ross rivalry in his song Blunt Ashes. ~ Wikipedia: Florence Ballard ~ retrieved June 29, 2016 © Wikipedia

The Supremes

some band info might not apply to Ballard,
a member from 1961 through 1967

Diana Ross, Mary Wilson, and Florence Ballard comprised Motown's flagship group, Berry Gordy, Jr's black pop music crossover group that paved the way from rock radio hits and package bus tours to Las Vegas showrooms and Royal Command Performances. At the height of the civil rights movement, they were also embraced by the world as symbols of black achievement and black womanhood. Fronted by Diana Ross during their peak years, they epitomized Holland-Dozier-Holland's classic Motown sound and the label's sophisticated style. Unlike other so-called girl groups, the Supremes had a mature, glamorous demeanor that appealed equally to teens and adults. Beautiful, musically versatile, and unique, the original Supremes were America's sweethearts, setting standards and records that no group has yet equaled. ~ Rolling Stone: The Supremes ~ retrieved March 1, 2014 © Rolling Stone

The Supremes ~ Inducted in the 1998 Vocal Group Hall Of Fame.

The Supremes ~ Supremes A Go-Go (1965) ~ Ranked #455 #DLW500 Dylan's 500 Greatest Albums Of All Time in 2012

In 2010 three songs by The Supremes made it to the Rolling Stone 500 Greatest Songs Of All Time ~ #475 Where Did Our Love Go ~ #348 You Keep Me Hanging On ~ #332 Baby Love

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