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The Supremes had a couple of unavoidable factors going against them, they were both female and African American at a time when these people were still trying to get their equal rights. Despite these factors, they still ended up being one of the most popular music groups inside and outside of Mo-Town during the 1960s with Diana Ross at the fore front. They even gave the Beatles some good competition.

The Supremes were the first female music group from Mo-Town that expressed their femininity instead of trying to be like guy groups. They made themselves look their very attractive and feminine by wearing make up and pretty dresses. Their manager told them that they should be ready to perform for “kings and queens”. They portrayed themselves as very classy to get rid of the idea that black people lacked class in the music industry during the 1960s.

The Supremes were praised by magazines for singing well and having identifiable lyrics. The Supremes could also be differentiated because of their album called More Hits by the Supremes with each of them pictured separately on the cover with their signatures above them. They were called “thrushes” due to their good singing voices.

The Supremes’ album called Supremes A Go Go knocked the Beatles’ Revolver album from the top of the charts. They were popular with both white and black audiences and catered to the middle class crowd. They performed on television shows seventeen times, performed at popular clubs like the Copa Cubana in New York and advertised many products, even going so far as to have their own kind of bread. They made it possible for other black music groups like the Temptations to become popular with white audiences.

The Supremes had beautiful vocals and were my favorite music group in high school. They are one of my favorite female music groups along with Joan Jett and the Blackhearts. They were one of the most popular Mo-Town groups. The Supremes were influential for both black people and women in rock and roll. These are the reasons I like the Supremes, a class act.