Barbara Diane Martin Richardson (born June 1943 in Detroit, Michigan) is an African-American singer; better known for being one of the original founding members of Motown singing group The Supremes. After The Primettes dropped Betty McGlown from their lineup due to McGlown's upcoming nuptials, Martin replaced her in the group in 1960. She and her groupmates, Diana Ross (then known as Diane), Mary Wilson and Florence Ballard, signed a recording contract with Motown founder Berry Gordy on January 15, 1961 as The Supremes, a name that Ballard had chosen (as she was the only group member in the studio at the time) from a list provided by Motown songwriter, Janie Bradford, and became part of the Motown stable of performers.
In between recording a handful of early singles, none of which became hits, Martin, Wilson, Ross, and Ballard worked as studio singers and hand clappers for other leading groups. In October 1961, Martin became pregnant. Her husband supported her decision to stay in the group, but she left in the early spring of 1962 - leaving Ross, Wilson and Ballard a trio.
Although Martin sang on many of the group's early singles, and most of the tracks on the group's first album, Meet The Supremes, she is not pictured on the album cover, and never received any royalties from Motown after 1962. All of Martin's recorded vocals appear under the name of The Supremes, while McGlown's appear under The Primettes. Martin's only lead vocal (singing-wise) for the group was recorded in 1960 when the group recorded the Smokey Robinson ballad, "After All", singing the bridge to the song whereas Ross, Wilson and Ballard sang verses. The song was featured on the group's 2000 box set The Supremes. Martin also has a spoken interlude line (spoken lead) during the song "(He's) Seventeen", and has brief solos (but not leads) on two other songs; she has the first note (and says the first "the") and on the song "The Tears, and does the countdown at the beginning of the song "The Boy That Got Away" (on which she also holds a few notes longer than the other group members near the end). She did sing the lead on "(He's) Seventeen" during live performances the group made in 1961 and 1962. All album and "unreleased" tracks featuring Martin's vocals have been released on various Motown and Supremes compilation albums.
^ Meet the Supremes: 2010 Expanded Edition CD liner notes. New York: Hip-O Select/Motown/Universal Records.,
^ Slonimsky, Nicolas & Kuhn , Laura Diane. "Baker's Biographical Dictionary of Musicians". Schirmer Books, 2001. 3539. ISBN 0-02-865527-3,
Meet The Supremes (1962),
Where Did Our Love Go (1964),
More Hits by The Supremes (1965),
I Hear a Symphony (1966),
The Supremes A' Go-Go (1966),
The Supremes Sing Holland-Dozier-Holland (1967),
Love Child (1968),
Let the Sunshine In (1969),
Cream of the Crop (1969),
Right On (1970),
New Ways but Love Stays (1970),
Floy Joy (1972),
The Supremes Produced and Arranged by Jimmy Webb (1972),
The Supremes (1975),
High Energy (1976),
Mary, Scherrie & Susaye (1976),
Diana Ross & the Supremes Join The Temptations (1968),
The Magnificent 7 (1970),
The Return of the Magnificent Seven (1971),
The Supremes at the Copa (1965),
Live at London's Talk of the Town (1968),
On Broadway (1969),
The Supremes Live! In Japan (1973),
A Bit of Liverpool (1964),
The Supremes Sing Country, Western and Pop (1965),
We Remember Sam Cooke (1965),
Merry Christmas (1965),
The Supremes Sing Rodgers & Hart (1967),
Diana Ross & the Supremes Sing and Perform "Funny Girl" (1968),
Singles, (US/UK Top Ten singles)
"Where Did Our Love Go",
"Come See About Me",
"Stop! In the Name of Love",
"Back in My Arms Again",
"I Hear a Symphony",
"My World Is Empty Without You",
"Love Is Like an Itching in My Heart",
"You Can't Hurry Love",
"You Keep Me Hangin' On",
"Love Is Here and Now You're Gone",
"In and Out of Love",
"I'm Gonna Make You Love Me",
"I'm Livin' in Shame",
"Someday We'll Be Together",
"Up the Ladder to the Roof",
"River Deep - Mountain High",
Greatest Hits: Live in Amsterdam,
Reflections: The Definitive Performances (1964-1969),
Motown 25: Yesterday, Today, Forever,
Sparkle (1976 film),
Sparkle (2012 film),
The Supremes singles discography
"Tears of Sorrow" (as The Primettes)
"I Want a Guy"
"Your Heart Belongs to Me"
"Let Me Go the Right Way"
"My Heart Can't Take It No More"
"A Breathtaking Guy"
"When the Lovelight Starts Shining Through His Eyes"
"Run, Run, Run"
"Where Did Our Love Go"
"Come See About Me"
"Stop! In the Name of Love"
"Back in My Arms Again"
"The Only Time I'm Happy"
"Nothing but Heartaches"
"Things Are Changing"
"I Hear a Symphony"
"Children's Christmas Song"
"My World Is Empty Without You"
"Love Is Like an Itching in My Heart"
"You Can't Hurry Love"
"You Keep Me Hangin' On"
"Love Is Here and Now You're Gone"
"In and Out of Love"
"Forever Came Today"
"Some Things You Never Get Used To"
"I'm Gonna Make You Love Me"
"I'm Livin' in Shame"
"I'll Try Something New"
"No Matter What Sign You Are"
"I Second That Emotion"
"Someday We'll Be Together"
"Why (Must We Fall in Love)"
"Up the Ladder to the Roof"
"Everybody's Got the Right to Love"
"River Deep - Mountain High"
"You Gotta Have Love in Your Heart"
"Without the One You Love"
"Your Wonderful, Sweet Sweet Love"
"I Guess I'll Miss the Man"
"Reach Out and Touch (Somebody's Hand)"
"Tossin' and Turnin'"
"Baby Love" (UK re-issue)
"Where Did Our Love Go" (UK re-issue)
"He's My Man"
"Where Do I Go from Here"
"Early Morning Love"
"I'm Gonna Let My Heart Do the Walking"
"You're My Driving Wheel"
"Let Yourself Go"
"Love, I Never Knew You Could Feel So Good"
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Detroit, Michigan, United States
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