The Lost Supreme: The Life of Dreamgirl Florence Ballard

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Chicago Review Press, 2008 - Biography & Autobiography - 213 pages
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The Supremes were the most successful female vocal group in history. Of the three original members--Diana Ross, Mary Wilson, and Florence Ballard—two told their life stories in bestselling books. Only Florence Ballard, the spunky teenager who founded the group, remained silent. But, in the months before her 1976 death, Flo actually did tell her own side of the Supremes story—and the story of her entire life—to Peter Benjaminson, who recorded her words on tape.

 

In this book, for the first time, is Flo Ballard’s entire heartbreaking tale, revealing: the suprising identity of the man who raped her before she entered the music business; the details of her love-hate relationship with Motown Records czar Berry Gordy—and an account of their first and only date; her serious drinking problem and ignored pleas for treatment; her never-ending desire to sing lead and how she was prevented from doing so; her attempts to get her life back on track after being brutally expelled from the Supremes; and much more.

 

Flo Ballard traveled around the world in luxury, chatting with royalty and heads of state, applauded by millions. But when she died at the age of 32, she was a lonely mother of three just barely recovered from years of poverty and despair. Though we may mourn the extended silence of such a profound talent, at least now we can begin to understand how and why it happened.

 

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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

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
9 Struggle Among the Stars
75
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

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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About the author (2008)

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 coathor of Investigative Reporting. He is a former reporter for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and the Detroit Free Press. The Lost Supreme's website can be found at www.thelostsupreme.com">www.thelostsupreme.com

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