Mary Wilson, a founding member of 'The Supremes,' has died

Mary Wilson, a founding member ofThe Supremes” 나이에 죽었다 76, her publicist told CNN.

윌슨 “passed away suddenly this evening,” according to a statement from her longtime friend and publicist, Jay Schwartz.
The Supremes (좌에서 우로, Florence Ballard, Mary Wilson, and Diana Ross) pose with their cameras as they arrive at London Airport.

The singer was at her home in Henderson, 네바다. She is survived by her daughter, 아들, several grandchildren, a sister and brother.
Services will be private due to Covid restrictions and a celebration of Wilson’s life will take place later this year, 성명은 말했다.

    Breaking barriers

    Wilson was atrendsetter who broke down social, racial, and gender barriers,” Schwartz said in his statement.
    She began her career in Detroit in 1959 as a singer in what was then calledThe Primettes.They went on to becomeThe Supremes” — Motown’s most successful group of the 1960s, 와 12 number one singles includingWhere Did Our Love Go,” “Baby Love,” 과 “중지! In the name of Love,” 성명은 말했다.
    The Supremes (Susaye Greene, Mary Wilson and Scherrie Payne) during a live concert performance at the New Victoria Theatre in London, 영국, Great Britain, 4 월 1974.

    Their influence not only carries on in contemporary R&비, soul and pop, they also helped pave the way for mainstream success by Black artists across all genres,” 성명은 말했다.
    에 2018, Billboard celebrated the 60th anniversary of Motown with a list ofThe Hot 100’s Top Artists of All Time,” and listed The Supremes at number 16, 진술에 따르면.
    Wilson’s legacy went beyond singing, Schwartz noted. She became a best-selling author, 동기 부여 적 연설가, businesswoman, and US Cultural Ambassador, 그는 말했다.
      Wilson used her fame and flair to promote a diversity of humanitarian efforts including ending hunger, raising HIV/AIDS awareness and encouraging world peace,” 성명은 말했다.
      Wilson was also instrumental in passing the Music Modernization Act (MMA) 에 2018, which aimed to modernize copyright-related issues for new music and audio recordings in the face of new technology like digital streaming which did not protect music recorded before February 15, 1972, 성명은 말했다.

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