Mary Wilson, a founding member of the Supremes, the iconic vocal group that had a dozen No. 1 singles on the pop charts in the 1960s and was a key to the success of Motown Records, died on Monday at her home in Henderson, Nev. She was 76.
Her death was confirmed by her publicist, Jay Schwartz. No cause was given.
Wilson was one of the original members of the Detroit-based Primettes, which formed in 1959 and was renamed the Supremes after signing with Motown Records in 1961, KCBS reported. Wilson remained with the group until 1977, according to the news outlet.
Wilson went on to release an autobiography, “Dreamgirl: My Life as a Supreme,” in 1986, KCBS reported. Two years later, she and fellow former Supremes Diana Ross and Florence Ballard were added to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, according to the outlet.
In a social media post early Tuesday, Motown Records called Wilson “a female trailblazer and forever sweetheart of Motown.”
“Your art and your legacy will forever live on in the Motown story,” the post continued. “From our Motown family, rest in paradise.”
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