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Farewell

Farewell is a 1970 live album by Diana Ross & the Supremes.

The album was recorded over the course of the group's final engagement together at the New Frontier Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada, including the final night on January 14, 1970.

The show marked Diana Ross' final performance with Supremes Mary Wilson and Cindy Birdsong.

At the conclusion of the show, new Supremes lead singer Jean Terrell was brought onstage and introduced to the audience.

HistoryEdit

The material performed in the show was a mix of popular Supremes hits, cover songs and Broadway showtunes.

During the extended twenty-minute rendition of "Let The Sunshine In", Diana Ross walked through the audience and let some of the guests sing the title chorus of the song. Some of these guests included Smokey Robinson and his wife Claudette, Dick Clark, Lou Rawls, Steve Allen, Bill Russell, Johnny Carson and Marvin Gaye.

The live album was issued as a two-LP deluxe edition box set, produced by Deke Richards. The album was reissued as a single disc under the title "Captured Live on Stage!" in 1982, and as a two-disc compact disc reissue "Captured Live on Stage!" in 1992.

According to Mary Wilson, Berry Gordy had last-minute reservations about having Terrell replace Ross, as she was more independent and headstrong than Ross had been.

Gordy called Wilson during the early morning hours following the final show and informed her that he was going to instead replace Ross with his original choice for a Ross replacement, Syreeta Wright.

Terrell, Wilson and Cindy Birdsong had already recorded most of the material for the first post-Ross Supremes album "Right On" and Terrell had just been publicly introduced as the newest Supreme, so Wilson refused and threatened to quit if Gordy dropped Terrell.

Gordy angrily replied that he would "wash his hands of the group" and hung up the telephone receiver.

The Terrell-led Supremes enjoyed a number of hits following Ross' departure, including "Up the Ladder to the Roof", "Stoned Love," "River Deep – Mountain High" (with The Four Tops), "Nathan Jones", "Floy Joy", "Automatically Sunshine" and their last Top 40 Billboard Pop Chart hit in 1976 "I'm Gonna Let My Heart Do the Walking" although promotion and backing from Motown decreased.

The Supremes carried on through the middle of the decade, briefly enjoying disco hits, concert touring and television appearances before finally officially disbanding in 1977.

TracklistEdit

Disc 1: Side OneEdit

  • TCB
  • Medley: Stop! In The Name of Love/ Come See About Me/ My World Is Empty Without You/Baby Love
  • Medley: The Lady Is A Tramp/ Lets Get Away From It All
  • Monologue - Diana Ross
  • Love Is Here & Now You're Gone
  • I'm Gonna Make Your Love Me
  • Monologue - Mary Wilson
  • Can't Take My Eyes Off of You
  • Dialogue - Diana Ross and Mary wilson
  • Reflections

Disc 1: Side TwoEdit

  • My Man (Mon Homme)
  • Didn't We?
  • It's Alright With Me
  • Big Spender
  • Falling In Love With Love
  • Love Child
  • Monologue - Diana Ross

Disc 2: Side OneEdit

  • Monologue - Diana Ross
  • Aquarius/Let The Sunshine In (The Flesh Failures)

Disc 2: Side TwoEdit

  • Monologue - Diana Ross
  • The Impossible Dream
  • Monologue - Diana Ross
  • Someday We'll Be Together
  • Closing Dialogue - Diana Ross & The Supremes

Chart HistoryEdit

Farewell U.S. Billboard Pop Albums #46
U.S. Billboard R&B Albums #31

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