THE true sound of Motown comes to Fleetwood tomorrow when The Sounds of the Supremes make their Marine Hall debut.
The Supremes music personified the Motown Sound which influenced a generation, and remains one of the most definitive and enduring contributions to American Pop music history.
Since 1989, The Sounds of the Supremes (the only group of their type to be legally endorsed by Motown), led by Kaaren Ragland, a former member of original Supreme Mary Wilson’s 70s/80s group, have achieved worldwide success.
Their show, which features more than 20 hit songs, has been described as “a non-stop bravura performance of immense vitality”, recreating “perfectly the frenetic style and sound of the original line-up”.
Featured in the fast-moving set are hits including You Keep Me Hanging On, Stop In the Name of Love, Where Did Our Love Go, You Can’t Hurry Love, Baby Love and Nathan Jones.
Kaaren Ragland is joined by Kathy Merrick.
Kathy was a founding member of international vocal recording group Shades of Lace, and has toured with Boz Scaggs, James Ingrams and New Edition’s Johnny Gillamong.
Kathy has been a member of The Sounds of the Supremes since 1997.
The trio is completed by Althea Burkhalter-Peyton, who gained early recognition locally as a member of Brandywine.
A resident of Las Vegas, she has performed at the MGM Grand, Mirage, Bally’s and Stardust.
Prior to joining The Sounds of the Supremes her gospel-tinged voice was a feature of ex-Checkmate Sonny Charles’ group The Emeralds, at the Las Vegas Hilton and Stratosphere showrooms, and she appeared at New York, New York as a member of Motown Legends, Martha Reeves & The Vandellas.