BIG RAY AND THE KOOL KATS HAS HAD THE HONOR OF WORKING WITH MARY WILSON ON MORE THAN ONE OCCASION.
Mary Wilson, one of the founding members of The Supremes passed away February 8, 2021.
In her biography straight from Wikipedia they say, “She gained worldwide recognition as a founding member of The Supremes, the most successful Motown act of the 1960s and the best-charting female group in U.S. chart history, as well as one of the best-selling girl groups of all-time. The trio reached number one on Billboard’s Hot 100 with 12 of their singles, ten of which feature Wilson on backing vocals.
Wilson remained with the group following the departures of the other two original members Florence Ballard (in 1967) and Diana Ross (in 1970), though the trio disbanded following Wilson’s own departure in 1977. Wilson later became a New York Times best-selling author in 1986 with the release of her first autobiography, Dreamgirl: My Life as a Supreme, which set records for sales in its genre, and later for the autobiography Supreme Faith: Someday We’ll Be Together.
Continuing a successful career as a concert performer in Las Vegas, Wilson also worked in activism, fighting to pass Truth in Music Advertising bills and donating to various charities. Wilson was inducted along with Ross and Ballard (as members of the Supremes) into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1988.”
Besides the obvious talent, beauty and history of her many years with one of America’s greatest musical treasures, The Supremes, Ms. Wilson is unusually generous to her musicians.
I recall her actually stopping the show at The University of Virginia, calling for a piece of paper with my 12 person horn section’s names on it, and explaining to the crowd that we were local musicians and how she wanted the audience to know and appreciate each of us.
We’ve worked with many dozens of national artists from Frank Sinatra to John Legend, but nobody appreciated us more than Mary Wilson.
We’ll miss performing with her.