The Supremes – Mary, Scherrie & Susaye (1976)

Mary, Scherrie & Susaye is the twenty-ninth and final studio album by The Supremes, released in 1976 on the Motown label. It featured the final line-up for the Supremes, composed of original Supreme Mary Wilson and latter-day members Scherrie Payne and Susaye Greene. After 1972, the lineup changed more frequently; Lynda Laurence, Scherrie Payne, and Susaye Greene all became members of the group during the mid-1970s. The Supremes disbanded in 1977 after 18 years.
All three Supremes take leads on the album. The album was a mixture of disco dance tracks and R&B ballads. Payne and Greene mostly took over the dance tracks while Wilson performed the ballads. The album was released on October 1976, nine months before the trio disbanded.
Things started to go downhill when they recorded this effort. This time they alternated leads (Payne on the uptempo tunes, Wilson and Greene on the ballads) and the Holland brothers continued on as producers. While Susaye Greene gets a chance to show off her power and range, Mary Wilson comes off as competent yet colorless. Although they had a minor hit with the disco number “You’re My Driving Wheel,” by then they’d lost their distinction and became an anonomyous echo of their former glory, as interchangable as the next group on the block.

Tracklist

1. “You’re My Driving Wheel“ – 4:20
(Edward Holland, Jr., Brian Holland, Floyd Stafford, Reginald Brown) 
2. “Sweet Dream Machine”  – 5:22
(Harold Beatty, Brian Holland, Edward Holland, Jr.) 
3. “Let Yourself Go” – 4:29
(Brian Holland, Edward Holland, Jr., Harold Beatty) 
4 .“Come Into My Life” – 6:14
(Brian Holland, Edward Holland, Jr., Richard Davis) 
5. “We Should Be Closer Together” – 4:59
(Janie Bradford, Freddie Gorman, Barbara Gaines, Brian Holland) 
6. “I Don’t Want to Be Tied Down” – 4:42
(Brian Holland, Richard Davis, Edward Holland, Jr.) 
7 .“You Are the Heart of Me” – 4:12
(Michael Lovesmith, Edward Holland, Jr.) 
8. “Love, I Never Knew You Could Feel So Good” – 5:51
(Brian Holland, Richard Davis, Reginald Brown, Floyd Stafford) 

Personnel

Notes
Released: October 1976
Recorded: 1976
Genre: Soul, disco
Length: 40:24

Label – Motown Records

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