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
Laurence is best known for being a part of two
Motown acts: Stevie
Wonder's backup group The Third Generation, and one of the post-Diana
Ross 1970s line-ups of
The Supremes from April 1972 through October
1973, replacing Cindy Birdsong, who left the trio.
1.1 Early years
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
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.
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.
The Supremes (1972-1973)
Main entry: The Supremes
In 1972, Mary Wilson, who chose to continue the legacy of The Supremes
after the departure of
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. 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 Produced and Arranged
by Jimmy Webb album plus
The Supremes Live! In Japan album recorded in
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".
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.
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.
Laurence has provided studio backing vocals for:
Stevie Wonder for his
Signed, Sealed, and Delivered album in 1970
Stevie Wonder for his
Songs in the Key of Life
Songs in the Key of Life album in 1976
Aretha Franklin for her
Love All The Hurt Away
Love All The Hurt Away album in 1981
Jean Terrell for her
I Had To Fall in Love
I Had To Fall in Love album in 1978
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
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
Laurence (once again replacing Cindy Birdsong) joined
Jean Terrell and
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 and some
original songs. The FLOS have maintained a solid fan base and in 2011
celebrated their 25th anniversary together.
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 & Lynda Laurence, Formerly of the Supremes" but is
still often referred to by fans and the press as the FLOS.[citation
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.
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.
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"
"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"
"Don't Cross The Street"
"Feed The Hunger"
"It Finally Happened To Be"
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"
"Give Me The Simple Life"
"It Don't Mean A Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing)"
"How Sweet It Is To Be Loved By You"
^ 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.
The Supremes (1962)
Where Did Our Love Go
Where Did Our Love Go (1964)
More Hits by
The Supremes (1965)
I Hear a Symphony
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
Cream of the Crop (1969)
Right On (1970)
New Ways but Love Stays
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
The Return of the Magnificent Seven (1971)
The Supremes at the Copa (1965)
Live at London's Talk of the Town
Live at London's Talk of the Town (1968)
On Broadway (1969)
The Supremes Live! In Japan (1973)
A Bit of Liverpool
A Bit of Liverpool (1964)
The Supremes Sing Country, Western and Pop (1965)
We Remember Sam Cooke
We Remember Sam Cooke (1965)
Merry Christmas (1965)
The Supremes Sing Rodgers & Hart (1967)
Diana Ross & the Supremes Sing and Perform "Funny Girl" (1968)
"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'"
"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"
Greatest Hits: Live in Amsterdam
Reflections: The Definitive Performances (1964–1969)
Motown 25: Yesterday, Today, Forever
Sparkle (1976 film)
Sparkle (2012 film)