Florence Ballard (Florence Glenda Ballard)

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Detroit, Michigan, USA
Florence "Flo" Ballard was born and grew up in Detroit in the Brewster-Douglas public housing project for minories, where Diana Ross and Mary Wilson also grew up. The three childhood friends began singing together as the group The Primettes in 1959. The group became known as The Supremes in 1964 when Motown Record president Berry Gordy signed them up, with Flo as the lead singer and Diana and Mary as backups. During the heady times, Diana became the lead singer and Flo, known for her humorous ad libbing, became the backup. Read more...