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Motown to re-release, expand Mary Wilson's first solo album

By Gary Graff
ggraff@medianewsgroup.com, @GraffonMusic on Twitte

Posted: Monday, March 8, 2021

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Prior to her death on Feb. 9, the Supremes' Mary Wilson was plotting a return -- or at least the return of her self-titled debut solo album from 1979. She even teased the project early this year via YouTube.

And now it's happening.

"Mary Wilson: Expanded Edition" will be released digitally on April 16, adding eight bonus tracks to the original seven-song set. Pre-orders are available now via digital retailers.

Wilson would have turned 77 on Saturday, March 6.

Produced by Hal Davis, the "Mary Wilson" album was released during August of 1979, following the dissolution of the Supremes during 1977 and Wilson's protracted legal battle with Motown over contractual issue. The out-of-court settlement led to a deal as a solo artist, and Davis -- who had worked with the Jackson 5 and Michael Jackson -- stepped in after original producer Marvin Gaye stepped out of the project due to personal issues.

In addition to the original seven songs -- including the singles "Red Hot" and "Pick Up the Pieces" -- the expanded edition adds eight more tracks, including three special mixes of "Red Hot," four from a 1980 session in Europe with Elton John's producer Gus Dudgeon (three of which are previously unreleased) and the brand new "Why Can't We All Get Along," a socially conscious sentiment co-written by producer Richard Davis with Angelo Bond.

In addition to her musical work, Wilson was the chief archivist for the Supremes, taking her collection of the group's gowns to museums around the world. She wrote three books, including one about the gowns, and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as part of the group.

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