LAKESIDE, Ohio – July 20, 2007 – It was a vision of musical stardom that inspired Mary Wilson to co-found one of the most successful female singing groups in recording history – The Supremes. Since then, Wilson has gone on to be a part of dozens of hit records, has written a best-selling autobiography, performed on stage and screen, lectured and toured the world, and continues to be looked up to as a singer who set the standard for females in the recording industry. Mary Wilson will appear on Lakeside’s Hoover Auditorium stage 8:15 p.m. Friday, August 17.
The trio of Mary Wilson, Florence Ballard, and Diana Ross became known as The Supremes. Four decades and 40 albums later, what once started as a dream has exceeded beyond Wilson’s wildest imagination. With an unprecedented 12 number-one hits, including “Where Did Our Love Go,” “Baby Love,” “Come See About Me,” and “Stop! In the Name Of Love,” The Supremes set the standard for super group success.
In 1977, Wilson knew it was time for her to pursue her own dream and went solo, and Motown released her first solo album, “Mary Wilson” which yielded the dance hit, “Red Hot,” in 1979. To this day Wilson continues to tour under the moniker of Mary Wilson of The Original Supremes.
Today, fans of Wilson can hear her smoky voice in the latest Supremes collection, Diana Ross & The Supremes: The No. 1s, re-mastered original recordings of their chart-topping hits. Spanning 18 years of The Supremes sound, the album includes hits from reincarnations of the group including the original Supremes, Diana Ross & The Supremes and The Supremes post-Ross. The album spans from 1964’s “Where Did Our Love Go” to 1982’s “Endless Love” and, everything in between.
Throughout the late 1970s and 80s, Wilson hit the lecture circuit to tell her amazing story. She still lectures to this day, her “Dare to Dream” circuit including such organizations at American Cancer Society, St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, UNICEF and many more. Wilson eventually put her story to print, becoming a best-selling author with her autobiography, Dreamgirl…My Life As A Supreme. Dreamgirl went on to sell over 250,000 copies in hardback, becoming one of the most successful rock and roll autobiographies of all time.
Throughout her career, Wilson has had the privilege and pleasure of performing all over the world. Many of her performances with The Supremes were requested by royalty, such as for Britain’s Queen Mother and the King of Sweden. In 2000, Wilson had the performed at the White House for the Millennium Celebration and two inaugural dinners held in President George W. Bush’s honor. Venturing further into the political world in 2003, Wilson was appointed as one of nine new Cultural Ambassadors for the State Department’s new initiative program, Cultural Connect, whose goal is to improve cross-cultural understanding internationally.
For more on Mary Wilson please refer to her website at www.marywilson.com.
Come and enjoy the fun at Lakeside, Ohio, located between Cleveland and Toledo on Lake Erie’s south shore. Lakeside is a gated community. Access to the Lakeside grounds includes a one-day visitor’s pass $15 (adults), $10.50 (youth ages 10-18), and children under 10 are always free. There also is a required parking pass of $6 at the gate. Lakeside visitors can find more information about the Lakeside summer scheduling program with a visit to www.lakesideohio.com or by calling 1-866-9LAKESIDE. Lakeside, life simplified.
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