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    The Day That Florence Ballard and Cindy Birdsong Came Together

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    Is there any video or audio from this concert????

    In the summer of 1975, Mary Wilson worked a little magic and pulled Florence Ballard on stage as a Supreme for one last time! The Supremes [[Wilson, Cindy Birdsong, who had replaced Florence in 1967, and Scherrie Payne, who had replaced Jean Terrell, who had replaced Diana Ross) were performing at Magic Mountain, an amusement park located just north of Los Angeles, and Ballard was there visiting.

    Florence had fallen on hard times financially, and had struggled with physical and emotional problems since being fired from The Supremes in 1967. 1975 was a particularly rough year, and Wilson, distressed over her old singing partner's present condition, invited Flo to spend the summer with her family in California. There are stories of fans seeing Ballard walking backstage and through the crowds looking rather rough and tough for wear, but, to me, these photos suggest otherwise. The visit with Wilson had its up and downs, but for one shining, magical moment, Florence Ballard held supreme with the group she named and helped found for the first time in eight years. And she did it with the nice lady who replaced her in the group, Cindy Birdsong, the Good Supreme!
    "Ladies and gentlemen, I have a surprise guest .... Miss Florence Ballard!" Wilson intoned to an audience of over 2,000. The crowd went berserk and rushed the stage with cameras and cries of "Flo, we love you." Florence was met with a thunderous ovation with love flooding the headlights. She didn't sing a note! All she did was beat a tambourine and dance around the stage, but that was good enough! There are varying stories of Ballard having stopped listening to the classic songs that helped to make her famous, and the word is during the classic group hits-medley that night, Ballard excused herself from the arena only to return when it was over. Apparently, Wilson had no problem coaxing her onstage for the rousing finale, a rendition of the O'Jays hit, Love Train. And in what must have been a glorious moment for everyone, there were tears in the eyes of those who watched the beleagured Ballard come full circle, and take her rightful place right alongside Cindy Birdsong for just one more magical moment.

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    Oh that is great. Thank you Ian. Flo and Cindy had met many times before this back in the sixties when the Supremes and the Bluebelles worked the same circuit aka the chitlin' circuit.

    Oh, by the way, that show where Florence came up on stage happened in 1974.

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    To put the timing, in a little perspective. If this was the summer of '74, it must have been one of the early shows for Scherrie Payne. Didn't she join the Supremes in like April or May '74 ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by greg jones View Post
    To put the timing, in a little perspective. If this was the summer of '74, it must have been one of the early shows for Scherrie Payne. Didn't she join the Supremes in like April or May '74 ?
    Scherrie joined around November of 1973.

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    Actually October 1973

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    Quote Originally Posted by blackguy69 View Post
    Actually October 1973
    Correct, blackguy69!

    This is Scherrie's TV debut as a Supreme, which aired January 23, 1974

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bafHBEoI9hA

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    Quote Originally Posted by blackguy69 View Post
    Actually October 1973
    Great, thanks blackguy69!

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