The Lost Supreme: The Life of Dreamgirl Florence Ballard

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Chicago Review Press, Sep 1, 2009 - Biography & Autobiography - 213 pages
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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.

 

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The Lost Supreme-: The Life of Dreamgirl Florence Ballard by Peter Benjaminson is a 2008 Chicago Review Press publication. I found this book while checking out the new Hoopla service provided by my ... Read full review

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Finally we hear Ms. Ballards side of the storyand its about time! There has been a lot of that going in those days. I knew that she was the voice but Berry wouldnt let her sing lead. Dianas voice ... Read full review

Contents

1 Detroit Is Where Its At
1
2 Generosity and Betrayal
9
3 Always a Bridesmaid
25
4 Roughing It
37
5 BoomBoomBoomBoom BoomBoomBoomBoom Baby Baby
45
6 In Pursuit of False Gods
51
7 Supremes at the Summit
55
8 Room at the Top
67
17 Friend or Foe?
129
18 Paranoid Isolated and Homeless
135
19 Three into Two Wont Go
141
20 Down Down Down and Out
145
21 Inside the Mental Ward
153
22 To Err Is Human
163
23 The Lost Supreme
167
24 Flo Sums It Up
171

9 Struggle Among the Stars
75
10 The Corner of Hollywood and Woodward
83
11 Trouble at the Top
87
12 After the Fall
99
13 I Now Pronounce You
107
14 Dashed Hopes
109
15 Fleeced Again
119
16 Bleak House
125
25 Wheres the Rest of Me?
173
The Dreamgirls Resurrections
177
Florence Ballard Primettes and Supremes Discography
181
Excerpts from Florence Ballards Legal Case Against Motown Records et al
185
Sources
201
Index
205
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Peter Benjaminson is the author of Death in the Afternoon: America's Newspaper Giants Struggle for Survival, Secret Police: Inside the New York City Department of Investigation, and The Story of Motown, and is the coauthor of Investigative Reporting. He is a former reporter for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and the Detroit Free Press. He lives in New York City. Peter Benjaminson is the author of Death in the Afternoon: America's Newspaper Giants Struggle for Survival, Secret Police: Inside the New York City Department of Investigation, and The Story of Motown, and is the coauthor of Investigative Reporting. He is a former reporter for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and the Detroit Free Press.

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