Florence Ballard

  • Blogs

    March 20, 2013

    Grammatical Mistake In Classic Motown Song

    With Motown The Musical in previews on Broadway, I'm reminded of one of my all-time favorite Supremes songs, "Reflections." Actually, it was the first song released under the new billing Diana Ross & the Supremes in 1967, and though troubled Supreme Florence Ballard was on the record, she was way g ... More >>

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    January 4, 2013

    The Best "Behind The Scenes" Show On TV!

    Airing on TV One since 2008, Unsung is sort of a black Behind the Music, detailing the rise and fall of various R&B stars who haven't gotten their proper respect with time. The show has covered some of my all-time faves (Tammi Terrell, Florence Ballard), as well as acts outside my palette (Alexande ... More >>

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    July 6, 2011

    Strained Vibes, Excellent Scenario in Beats, Rhymes & Life

    Michael Rapaport’s A Tribe Called Quest documentary eclipses the surrounding drama

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    June 28, 2010

    Remembering Diana Ross's Appalling Behavior at Flo Ballard's Funeral

    ​It was 1976 and ousted Supremes member Florence Ballard had tragically died after years of poverty and despair. Mark Bego was at the funeral, and he vividly tells about Diana Ross's sad attempts to upstage the whole thing in his imminent memoir, Paperback Writer. Take it away, Mark:

  • Blogs

    July 14, 2008

    Flo, She Did Know

    Florence Ballard was the founder and lead singer of the Primettes, the '60s Detroit girl group which went on to become the Supremes, starring the wily and successful Diana Ross. Flo had to stand back as Diana not only took center stage (brilliantly, I might add), but often treated her spiritual sist ... More >>

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