ATLANTA - Reflections Of: ‘Supreme’ Mary Wilson Talks Motown, Music, and Change : As one of the legendary Supremes, Mary Wilson sang the words “Reflections of the way life used to be…” on the 1967 hit song “Reflections.” Today, Wilson is living out those lyrics, talking with Good Day Atlanta’s Paul Milliken about the incredible change she’s seen during her decades-long career.
Wilson founded The Supremes with her childhood friends Diana Ross and Mary Wilson, and the trio signed with Detroit’s Motown Records in 1961. In the years before the group had a hit, they toured with other Motown stars including Stevie Wonder, Smokey Robinson & The Miracles, and The Temptations. Wilson says it was a time of incredible music, but also intense turmoil, especially when the groups performed in the Deep South. Wilson recalls the groups bring shot at, chased out of towns, and performing before segregated crowds.
But Wilson says she also saw first-hand how the Motown beat brought people together, remembering the segregated crowds mingling as shows progressed. And later, when The Supremes rose to international stardom thanks to hits like “Baby Love” and “Stop! In The Name Of Love”, Wilson says she began to see what a lasting legacy The Supremes and other Motown acts were leaving on young people: "Whoopi Goldberg said to me one day, you know, you girls were just so great, we wanted to be like you, you know, you really inspired us."
During a recent stop in Macon, headlining her own show at The Grand Opera House, Mary Wilson sat down with Paul Milliken for an unforgettable look back on her life and career.
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