The Lost Supreme: The Life of Dreamgirl Florence Ballard


By: Peter Benjaminson
Publisher: Chicago Review Press
Print ISBN: 9781556529597, 1556529597
eText ISBN: 9781569763032, 1569763038
Format: Reflowable

SKU: 9781569763032R30 Category:


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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