Singer Mary Wilson takes fresh approach to classics of Motown

A pioneer of the Motown sound and image, Mary Wilson recalls the social divides that her music helped bridge in concerts decades ago — a time when stylish black female vocalists didn’t yet occupy the mainstream spotlight. “Many of the audiences outside Detroit were segregated,” said Wilson, a founding member of the Supremes (Baby Love, You Can’t Hurry Love). “You would go to these shows in the South — blacks on one side, whites on the other.” Then the women began to sing.


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