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Lynda Laurence (also spelled Lawrence, born Lynda Tucker; February 20, 1949, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) is an American singer. The youngest daughter of Louise and Ira Tucker, a gospel songwriter, producer, and singer, Laurence's siblings are Sundray Tucker and Ira Tucker Jr. Laurence is best known for being a part of two Motown
Motown
acts: Stevie Wonder's backup group The Third Generation, and one of the post-Diana Ross 1970s line-ups of The Supremes
The Supremes
from April 1972 through October 1973, replacing Cindy Birdsong, who left the trio.[1]

Contents

1 Biography

1.1 Early years 1.2 The Supremes
The Supremes
(1972-1973) 1.3 Later career 1.4 Background work 1.5 Solo career 1.6 Former Ladies of the Supremes/FLOS/Scherrie and Lynda, Formerly of the Supremes

2 Discography 3 References

Biography[edit] Early years[edit] Laurence began her career singing with a group named the Pendelles. Her sister, Sundray Tucker, was also in this group. She eventually made her way to Stevie Wonder's group Third Generation a predecessor to Wonderlove in 1969.[citation needed] At this time, her sister was going by the name Cindy Scott, and rejoined Laurence in the group. Laurence, Scott and a third member, cousin Terri Hendricks, were billed as "The Third Generation" toured with Wonder to promote his single "Signed, Sealed, Delivered I'm Yours", which featured Laurence on back-up vocals.[citation needed] The Supremes
The Supremes
(1972-1973)[edit]

Main entry: The Supremes

In 1972, Mary Wilson, who chose to continue the legacy of The Supremes after the departure of Florence Ballard
Florence Ballard
in 1967 and lead singer Diana Ross in 1970, was about to lose another member of the group, Cindy Birdsong, who was expecting a baby. Birdsong originally replaced Tucker in the group The Ordettes, later to be named Patti LaBelle & the Bluebelles, so it was ironic that Tucker's sister, Laurence took Birdsong's place as a backing vocalist.[2] At this time, Jean Terrell was the lead singer of The Supremes. Laurence joined the group around the time the group issued their Floy Joy album, and appeared on the cover with Terrell and Wilson, though Birdsong had sung on the album before her departure. Among the songs she recorded with the group included the Wonder produced single, "Bad Weather", and The Supremes
The Supremes
Produced and Arranged by Jimmy Webb album plus The Supremes
The Supremes
Live! In Japan album recorded in 1973. While with The Supremes
The Supremes
at Motown, Laurence was never given the opportunity to record a lead vocal, however she did sing lead in concert on two occasions, the first being her debut with the Supremes in May 1972 at Hawaii's H.I.C Arena, when she replaced a sick Jean Terrell to perform alongside Wilson and Birdsong, and later at the Copacabana in New York. She also contributed the occasional lead in concert, singing a lead verse to the group's 1972 live version of "Love The One Your With".[citation needed] In October 1973, when Laurence was expecting a baby herself, she was again replaced by a returning Birdsong. In addition, Terrell quit that year and was replaced by Scherrie Payne.[citation needed] Later career[edit] In 1975, Laurence, along with Tucker and soon-to-be-Supreme Susaye Greene, together with others added backing vocals to Stevie Wonder's Songs in the Key of Life, which was released in 1976. The same year, Laurence teamed up again with Tucker, this time under the name The Wilton Place Street Band. Under the leadership of Laurence's then-husband, the record producer and musician Trevor Lawrence, they recorded "Disco Lucy", which was a re-working of the theme tune to the I Love Lucy
I Love Lucy
show. Background work[edit] Laurence has provided studio backing vocals for:

Stevie Wonder
Stevie Wonder
for his Signed, Sealed, and Delivered album in 1970 Stevie Wonder
Stevie Wonder
for his Songs in the Key of Life
Songs in the Key of Life
album in 1976 Aretha Franklin
Aretha Franklin
for her Love All The Hurt Away
Love All The Hurt Away
album in 1981 Moacir Santos Jean Terrell for her I Had To Fall in Love
I Had To Fall in Love
album in 1978 Joe Cocker Brian Setzer Harry Nilsson Brandy Norwood Ringo Starr Martha Reeves

Solo career[edit] As a solo artist, Laurence recorded the songs "Give Me Back Just A Little Piece Of My Heart", "Life Is The Reason" and "Make Your Own Kind Of Music" among others, under the name of Norma Lewis in the 1980s. In 1990 and 1991 she also recorded several solo tracks for the UK based Motorcity Records
Motorcity Records
label issuing the single, "Living With A Married Man". The label folded before Laurence released an album. Lynda Laurence was the first to record the song "I Still Believe" prior to Brenda K Star. Former Ladies of the Supremes/FLOS/Scherrie and Lynda, Formerly of the Supremes[edit] Laurence (once again replacing Cindy Birdsong) joined Jean Terrell and Scherrie Payne
Scherrie Payne
to form The Former Ladies of the Supremes in 1986. The FLOS have recorded many songs, mostly remakes of Supremes tunes but have built up a catalog that includes many non- Motown
Motown
and some original songs. The FLOS have maintained a solid fan base and in 2011 celebrated their 25th anniversary together.[citation needed] Group Changes: Jean left in 1992 and was replaced by Lynda's sister, Sundray Tucker. (Sundray herself was once eyed as a potential Supreme, in 1972, but the position was offered to Lynda instead.) Sundray left in 1996 and was replaced by Freddi Poole, who left in 2009, with Joyce Vincent Wilson (formerly of Tony Orlando and Dawn) stepping in as the newest member. The group, still popular and touring, now goes by " Scherrie Payne
Scherrie Payne
& Lynda Laurence, Formerly of the Supremes" but is still often referred to by fans and the press as the FLOS.[citation needed] Further Changes: On June 21, 2017, shortly after sound check, Joyce became ill and was sent to the hospital. Scherrie and Lynda continued as a duo; this was the first time in over twenty years the group performed with just two members.[citation needed] This would also be their last performance with Laurence. On October 6, 2017, it was reported via Facebook that Laurence had departed the group to move into other areas of the music business and was replaced by 1970s Supreme Susaye Greene.[citation needed] Discography[edit] Over the years Laurence recorded many tracks, only a few of which have been released as solo projects. Her first Video was filmed in Los Angeles California at the well known "At My Place" venue. As Norma Lewis

"Give Me Back Just A Little Piece Of My Heart" "Life Is The Reason" "Maybe This Time" "The Fight (For The Single Family)" "Make Your Own Kind Of Music" "Someone That I Used To Know"

Motorcity Records

"Forever" "Forever Came Today" "I'm Not Taking A Chance" "Right Around Midnight" "If This World We're Mine" "Outside Looking In" "The Man In My Life" "Living With A Married Man" "Fresh Out Of Tears" "It's A Crying Shame"

with Harry Nilsson

"Just One Look"/"Baby I'm Yours"

Unreleased

"Don't Cross The Street" "Feed The Hunger" "It Finally Happened To Be" "Someone Wonderful"

Live At The Courthouse Although never officially released, Laurence recorded a solo set of jazz material at Lps Angeles's Courthouse venue, with resident band, Night Court.

"On A Clear Day You Can See Forever" "I Wish You Love" "Green Dolphin Street" "Ill Wind" "Give Me The Simple Life" "Love Dance" "It Don't Mean A Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing)" "Fever" "How Sweet It Is To Be Loved By You"

References[edit]

^ Tobler, John (1992). NME Rock 'N' Roll Years (1st ed.). London, UK: ReedInternational Books Ltd. p. 238. CN 5585.  ^ Pareles, Jon (5 April 2000). "Stop! In the Name of Nostalgia". The New York Times. Retrieved 26 May 2010. 

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Studio albums

Meet The Supremes
The Supremes
(1962) Where Did Our Love Go
Where Did Our Love Go
(1964) More Hits by The Supremes
The Supremes
(1965) I Hear a Symphony
I Hear a Symphony
(1966) The Supremes
The Supremes
A' Go-Go (1966) The Supremes
The Supremes
Sing Holland–Dozier–Holland (1967) Reflections
Reflections
(1968) Love Child (1968) Let the Sunshine In (1969) Cream of the Crop
Cream of the Crop
(1969) Right On (1970) New Ways but Love Stays
New Ways but Love Stays
(1970) Touch (1971) Floy Joy (1972) The Supremes
The Supremes
Produced and Arranged by Jimmy Webb (1972) The Supremes
The Supremes
(1975) High Energy (1976) Mary, Scherrie & Susaye (1976)

Collaborative albums

Diana Ross
Diana Ross
& the Supremes Join The Temptations (1968) Together (1969) The Magnificent 7 (1970) The Return of the Magnificent Seven
The Return of the Magnificent Seven
(1971) Dynamite (1971)

Live albums

The Supremes
The Supremes
at the Copa (1965) Live at London's Talk of the Town
Live at London's Talk of the Town
(1968) TCB (1968) On Broadway (1969) Farewell (1970) The Supremes
The Supremes
Live! In Japan (1973)

Other albums

A Bit of Liverpool
A Bit of Liverpool
(1964) The Supremes
The Supremes
Sing Country, Western and Pop (1965) We Remember Sam Cooke
We Remember Sam Cooke
(1965) Merry Christmas (1965) The Supremes
The Supremes
Sing Rodgers & Hart (1967) Diana Ross
Diana Ross
& the Supremes Sing and Perform "Funny Girl" (1968)

Singles

"Tears of Sorrow" (as The Primettes) "I Want a Guy" "Buttered Popcorn" "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" "Baby Love" "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" "The Happening" "Reflections" "In and Out of Love" "Forever Came Today" "Some Things You Never Get Used To" "Love Child" "I'm Gonna Make You Love Me" "I'm Livin' in Shame" "I'll Try Something New" "The Composer" "No Matter What Sign You Are" "The Weight" "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" "Stoned Love" "River Deep – Mountain High" "Nathan Jones" "You Gotta Have Love in Your Heart" "Touch" "Floy Joy" "Automatically Sunshine" "Without the One You Love" "Your Wonderful, Sweet Sweet Love" "I Guess I'll Miss the Man" "Reach Out and Touch (Somebody's Hand)" "Bad Weather" "Tossin' and Turnin'" "He's My Man" "Where Do I Go from Here" "Early Morning Love" "I'm Gonna Let My Heart Do the Walking" "High Energy" "You're My Driving Wheel" "Let Yourself Go" "Love, I Never Knew You Could Feel So Good"

Videography

T.A.M.I. Show Greatest Hits: Live in Amsterdam Reflections: The Definitive Performances (1964–1969) Motown
Motown
25: Yesterday, Today, Forever

Inspired works

Sparkle (1976 film) Dreamgirls
Dreamgirls
(musical) Dreamgirls
Dreamgirls
(film) Sparkle (2012 film)

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