The Sweetheart of Motown left a huge musical legacy.
Mary Wilson, an original member of The Supremes has died suddenly at 76, in her Nevada home.
Mary was just 15 when she co-founded the 60s super-group along with Florence Ballard and Diana Ross, who were known as the Sweethearts of Motown.
The ladies charted 12 number one songs on the US Billboard Charts - the most in history for an American group - including Stop in the Name of Love (which involved one hand outstretched in a "stop" gesture which would soon become one of their most famous choreographed moves), Where Did Our Love Go, Come See About Me, I Hear a Symphony, Baby Love and many, many more.
After The Supremes disbanded in 1977, Wilson continued performing, even competing on Dancing with the Stars in 2019, and several days ago, Mary posted on her YouTube channel that she was working on new music with Warner, and celebrated the 60th anniversary of The Supremes.
There are many amazing Supremes memories on Mary's YouTube channel, like this incredible footage from 1965.
Motown founder Berry Gordy Jr released a statement on Twitter to Motown Records on the sad news.
To a female trailblazer and forever Sweetheart of Motown, who brought many timeless records for generations to come - Thank You.— Motown Records (@motown) February 9, 2021
Your art and your legacy will forever live on in the Motown story. From our Motown family, rest in paradise @MWilsonSupreme 🕊 pic.twitter.com/YwsZM41g9v
And former group member, Diana Ross, tweeted her heartfelt condolences.
I just woke up to this news , my condolences to you Mary's family ,I am reminded that each day is a gift ,I have so many wonderful memories of our time together "The Supremes " will live on ,in our hearts 💕— Ms. Ross (@DianaRoss) February 9, 2021