Bad news travels fast, and that’s certainly been the case with the passing of Mary Wilson.
The Supremes co-founder died Monday (Feb. 8) at the age of 76, just weeks after leading celebrations for the iconic all-girl group’s 60th anniversary.
With Wilson a constant, The Supremes went about setting the charts alight, influencing culture and smashing down barriers. They also changed pop music forever.
With The Supremes, Wilson achieved 12 No. 1 hits on the Billboard Hot 100, with five straight from 1964-1965.
In 2018, Billboard celebrated the 60th anniversary of the Hot 100 with a list of “The Hot 100’s Top Artists of All Time.” The Supremes came in at No. 16, and they’re recognized as the No. 1 female recording group of all time.
As late owls in North America absorbed the shock early Tuesday, Motown fans in Europe woke up to the tragic development. Richard Marx, Paul Stanley and many others turned to social media to share their thoughts.
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
Oh, man. RIP #MaryWilson 💔💔
— Richard Marx (@richardmarx) February 9, 2021
OMG! Mary Wilson of the Supremes has died suddenly. I was just on a Zoom call with her Wednesday for about an hour & never could have imagined this. So full of life & great stories. Absolutely shocked. Rest In Supreme Peace Mary. https://t.co/E9CmwF1Hum
— Paul Stanley (@PaulStanleyLive) February 9, 2021
— ledisi (@ledisi) February 9, 2021
The world has lost one of its greatest legends, Mary Wilson, original and founding member of the Supremes. pic.twitter.com/KJzNutx9lQ
— Classic Motown (@ClassicMotown) February 9, 2021
Mary Wilson along with Florence Ballard and Diana Ross changed the game permanently. Hit after hit after hit, on regular rotation to this day. A Supreme Titan may have left us but that legacy will never be surpassed. Rest in power #MaryWilson ❤️ https://t.co/q54gUFLmcl pic.twitter.com/li8ndoy7yx
— Beverley Knight💙 (@Beverleyknight) February 9, 2021