Today in History
October 22, 1966
The Supremes Reign
The Supremes—Florence Ballard, Diana Ross and Mary Wilson—become the first all-female group to score a number one album on Billboard’s pop charts with The Supremes A’ Go-Go in October 1966. After signing with Motown Records in January 1961, the group struggles to secure success until 1964 when they release “Where Did Our Love Go,” their first of twelve number one pop singles and the first in a record-setting string of five chart-topping hits. Between 1964 and 1969, the Supremes are an ever-present part of American popular culture—from their numerous appearances on television shows like Ed Sullivan and the Hollywood Palace to playing prestigious venues such as New York's Copacabana down to their own brand of store-bought bread. Ross leaves the group in 1970, but—with numerous changes in personnel—the Supremes endure until 1977.
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