Mary Wilson of The Supremes has passed.
Growing up, The Supremes were put on a pedestal by the media, and my mother herself was a fan. While it was not non-stop Supremes music in our house, I was aware of her opinion on them. And, even by middle school in the mid-80's, I was pretty well aware of their pop culture stature and place in American music.
Just before COVID hit, SimonUK and I went to go see Mary Wilson at a small theater here in Austin. Our seats were terrible, off to the side and partially obstructed by the piano. Still, I was excited. Hilariously, I'd found out days before that my parents were also going to be at the show, and sure enough - there they were.
Anyway - show starts, and Mary Wilson does a number, maybe two, then looks over at me and Simon and says "there's better seats right up front". So. We got up and moved, and I sat front row center for Mary Wilson, and I am here to report - it was one of the best concert experiences of my life.
That was less than a year ago.
I am stunned to learn of Wilson's passing. She seemed a fraction of her 70+ years, was lovely, hit every note and kept the room in the palm of her hand. I was semi keeping track of her for when I expected she would return.
As shocked and saddened as I am to hear she has passed, I also am sure of her legacy and place in music history.
We'll miss you, Mary Wilson.