The Explanation
(for those who require one)

And, of course, that is what all of this is -- all of this: the one song, ever changing, ever reincarnated, that speaks somehow from and to and for that which is ineffable within us and without us, that is both prayer and deliverance, folly and wisdom, that inspires us to dance or smile or simply to go on, senselessly, incomprehensibly, beatifically, in the face of mortality and the truth that our lives are more ill-writ, ill-rhymed and fleeting than any song, except perhaps those songs -- that song, endlesly reincarnated -- born of that truth, be it the moon and June of that truth, or the wordless blue moan, or the rotgut or the elegant poetry of it. That nameless black-hulled ship of Ulysses, that long black train, that Terraplane, that mystery train, that Rocket '88', that Buick 6 -- same journey, same miracle, same end and endlessness."
-- Nick Tosches, Where Dead Voices Gather

Welcome to Show Business! #26

Original Caption:

New York -- Mary Wilson, 35, has dropped the "Supremes image" as she calls it, and made her debut as a soloist at the new showroom of the New York-New York Discotheque. It has been a dozen years since the most popular female singing group of the 1960s, The Supremes, broke up. It was never the same for Mary, one of the three original singers. She has appeared over the last few years under the original name--but it no longer had the old magic. Her old friend Diana Ross, the lead singer of The Supremes was there to cheer Mary on. (1979)


Fred said...

I saw Mary Wilson 6 years ago at a Motown revival show. She still looks beautiful and she sang great. I always thought she was a better singer then Diana. Martha Reeves was also on the ticket that night, which made for one unforgettable evening of music.

swac said...

Interviewed her and saw her perform only a few years ago myself. An absolute darling (to me, anyway) and not a trace of diva in her.

Saw Martha Reeves too (with Jr. Walker to boot) many more years ago. What a fabulous show. Walker slayed everyone (and died not too long afterward).