When anyone talks about The Supremes the names Diana Ross and Mary Wilson always crop up. Yet, the group was a trio and so often, the third link remained anonymous or mentioned as a passing reference. However, fans hold all the ladies in high esteem and none more so than Cindy Birdsong who celebrated her 80th birthday recently. Happy Birthday Cindy!
In this 60th anniversary year, we, as fans, have been treated to several memorable surprises, and I believe the news that – after a couple of false starts – Sondra Williams, known to us all as Blinky, is set to have a compilation released, is another unexpected gift. In fact, when I first got wind of this, I thoroughly checked in with my contacts to ensure it wasn’t another rumour. When the CD artwork and music came through, I knew contacting Blinky was next on the agenda. My exclusive chat between two pals, rather than a history lesson, follows.
It was nearly fifty years ago that this endearing single hit the UK top twenty and I’m listening to it now as it’s the seventh track on “The Essential Collection” by Richard Dean Taylor released in 2001. You got it – “Indiana Wants Me”. Written and produced by the singer, the single shot into the UK top three, and the US top five, where it carried a Rare Earth label.
As I was thinking about this month’s Motown musings, news arrived of an exciting – let’s not be coy here, it’s a wonderfully incredible – release courtesy of Kent Records at the end of September. “The Rita Wright Years 1967 – 1970”, a fourteen track compilation, some of which were previously recorded, with the remainder taken from a pair of recently found tapes which she recorded during 1970 in Los Angeles. No, I haven’t heard it yet, but the sheer historical value of this pending release is staggering because, for one thing, it will fill in blank spaces in Syreeta’s early career.
Wow! Amazingly wonderful news to start with this month which is quite a treat these days. On behalf of us all at soulmusic.com, many congratulations to Diana Ross who received a Presidential Medal of Freedom from the current President Barak Obama! She is one of 21 recipients of America’s highest civilian award which represents admirable contributions to the security or national interests of the US, world peace or to cultural or other significant public or private endeavours. Much like our honours system methinks; wonder when I’ll become a Dame which is my wildest wish.