Sunday Side Up Motown Moment: "I Hear a Symphony" by the Supremes

John Lockwood
March 12, 2021

Our Motown Moment is about the 1965 song... with special honor given to original Supreme and founding member Mary Wilson.

"I Hear a Symphony" is the sixth number one single for the Supremes on the Motown label, another written by powerhouse writers Holland- Dozier- Holland.

Mary Wilson, born on March 6th, 1944, was the only original member of the Supremes to remain with the group through its many versions (including those following Ross' departure). She had a very successful solo career, as well,.. and the character Lorrell Robinson in both the play and film versions of "Dreamgirls" was inspired by her.

Wilson fought two court cases with former employees over usage of the Supremes name; in both cases, the courts found for the employees. Wilson pressed on, taking a high profile role in lobbying for "Truth in Music" legislation. It prohibits the use of musical acts names, unless an original member of the group is in the act or the group is properly licensed by the last person to hold right if title to the name. Her efforts succeeded in more than 28 states.

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