The Lost Supreme by Peter Benjaminson
The Life of Dreamgirl Florence Ballard

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In the months before she died, Florence Ballard, the spunky teenager who founded the most successful female vocal group in history—the Supremes—told her own side of the story. Recorded on tape, Flo shed light on all areas of her life, including the surprising identity of the man by whom she was raped prior to her entering the music business, the details of her love-hate relationship with Motown Records czar Berry Gordy, her drinking problem and pleas for help, a never-ending desire to be the Supremes’ lead singer, and her attempts to get her life back on track after being brutally expelled from the group. This is a tumultuous and heartbreaking story of a world-famous performer whose life ended at the age of 32 as a lonely mother of three who had only recently recovered from years of poverty and despair.

 

About Peter Benjaminson

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Peter Benjaminson is the author of The Lost Supreme: The Life of Dreamgirl Florence Ballard and The Story of Motown, and is the coauthor of Investigative Reporting. He has written numerous stories for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and the Detroit Free Press. He lives in New York City.
 
Published September 1, 2009 by Chicago Review Press. 249 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Humor & Entertainment, Arts & Photography. Non-fiction

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Born in Detroit in 1943, Florence Ballard co-founded the Primettes in 1959 with Diana Ross and Mary Wilson.

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Journalist and author Benjaminson (The Story of Motown ) attempts valiantly, painstakingly to resurrect the reputation of founding Supreme member Florence Ballard

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In 1961, the teenagers auditioned for Berry Gordy, who kept them doing backup as they matured, touring with the Motortown Review across country by bus until the newly configured Supremes (Ballard chose the name) had their first hit in 1964 with “Where Did Our Love Go?” The boom-boom beat coupled ...

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(This diligence lets him refrain from quoting the more salacious details from Mary Wilson's Dreamgirl, which explicitly blames Gordy's sexual relationship with Ross for Ballard's ouster.) But his case would already be strong enough without the way he rushes to Ballard's defense at every oppor...

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By jonSun, 05/11/2008 - 17:08.

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Photographers snapped away, and the image of Ross and little Lisa was published around the world—the only image, as it turned out, that most people ever saw of Florence Ballard's funeral.

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