Mary Wilson of the Supremes laughs as she says that "time has really never been my big thing." So she's surprised to hear that it's been 50 years since the iconic vocal group's first release, "Meet the Supremes," for Motown.
"It seems like it was just a moment ago," says Wilson, 68, who guided the Supremes through the departure of Diana Ross in 1970 and to its conclusion seven years later. She now tours as a solo artist with a couple of different acts -- one focusing on jazz, the other heavy with the Supremes hits.
"When I was younger I would say 50 years would seem like a long...God, unbelievable, actually. Now it doesn't seem that way. Looking back, it feels like just a couple of years,and the sound of the music is still fresh and new. You can hear 'You Can't Hurry Love' and it doesn't seem like an old record."
Wilson, who authored a pair of memoirs and has a traveling exhibit of the Supremes' famed gowns, is still in the business of making new music, too. She's just finished a new album called "Life's Been Good to Me," which should be out later this year with the title track and single coming, she hopes, this summer.
"When I was younger, I used to wonder about retiring, when I would do that," Wilson acknowledges. "Back then, I was thinking that when I reached this point in my life I'd be on some island having someone feed me grapes.
"But that's not happening. I'm working...I won't say more, but as much as we did back in the day, probably. And I'm loving it. To still be able to do that at this point in my life is a wonderful thing."
Mary Wilson performs at 8 p.m. Thursday, July 19, at SoundBoard in the Motor City Casino Hotel, 2901 Grand River Ave., Detroit. Tickets are $28 and $25. Call (313) 237-7711 or visit www.motorcitycasino.com.
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