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JULY 4TH CELEBRATION – THE ED SULLIVAN SHOW YOUTUBE CHANNEL

The Ed Sullivan Show’s official Youtube Channel celebrates America’s Independence Day weekend with “This Is My Country” and “America The Beautiful,” performed by Pat Boone and West Point Glee Club, respectively. July 4th continues with a rousing rendition of “God Bless America Again” from trailblazing country star Loretta Lynn. Also featured are “The Star Spangled Banner” by Oberkirchen Choir, an inspiring version of “America Our Heritage” from the Washington D.C. Festival Chorus and more.

Among the upcoming classic performers featured are Connie Francis (“Alexander’s Ragtime Band”), Jackie Wilson (“I’m Comin’ On Back To You,” “Night”), Liza Minnelli (“The Travelin’ Life”), Louis Armstrong (“Royal Garden Blues”), plus Petula Clark (“My Love”) and Ray Charles (“Eleanor Rigby”). The wide range of musical performances also includes the Brenda Lee, Dave Brubeck Quartet, Mahalia Jackson, Paul Anka, Wayne Newton and many more.

Comedy clips include Alan King, Charles Nelson Reilly & Nancy Walker, Jerry Stiller & Anne Meara, Totie Fields. From acrobats to The Muppets to skits with the inimitable host himself, there’s something for everyone to enjoy. The Ed Sullivan Show YouTube channel honors an entertainment legacy with new clips daily and a wide range of playlists to explore.

Throughout its historic 23-year primetime run (1948-1971), The Ed Sullivan Show brought the hottest performances from around the world and introduced emerging talent to America’s living rooms every Sunday night. The show featured some of the earliest or first televised performances of music superstars including The Band, The Beach Boys, The Beatles, The Jackson 5, The Mamas and The Papas, The Supremes, and The Rolling Stones.

Among the voluminous gems in this vast catalog are iconic clips most of which have not been seen in decades. UMe uploads new videos daily, including scores of rarities available digitally for the first time, to The Ed Sullivan Show’s official YouTube channel and EdSullivan.com, both newly updated.

Live On The Ed Sullivan Show Youtube channel, July 1-15*: 

STREAM DATE – ARTIST – PERFORMANCE – AIRDATE

THU 7/1 – Alan King – Airplane – June 2, 1968

THU 7/1 – The Kessler Twins – When In Rome – October 16, 1966

THU 7/1 – Eddy Manson – Swanee River – August 5, 1962

THU 7/1 – Tony Martin – You Made Me Love You – November 27, 1960

FRI 7/2 – Phil Spitalny’s Hour Of Charm – Hallelujah Chorus – March 25, 1951

FRI 7/2 – Strategic Air Command Band – Strike Up the Band – March 16, 1969

FRI 7/2 – Allen & Rossi, Ed Sullivan – How To Phone Women For Dates And Ed Sullivan – May 22, 1966

FRI 7/2 – Sandy Stewart – After You’ve Gone – April 16, 1961

FRI 7/2 – Gordon Macrae – America the Beautiful – July 6, 1969

SAT 7/3 – Pat Boone – This Is My Country – June 2, 1963

SAT 7/3 – Louis Armstrong – Royal Garden Blues – October 8, 1961

SAT 7/3 – Eddy Arnold – Wreck Of The Old ’97 – January 26, 1964

SAT 7/3 – The Harmonicats – Peg O’ My Heart – February 26, 1950

SAT 7/3 – Enzo Stuarti – Battle Hymn Of The Republic – September 6, 1964

SUN 7/4 – West Point Glee Club – America the Beautiful – June 9, 1968

SUN 7/4 – Oberkirchen Choir – The Star Spangled Banner – September 26, 1954

SUN 7/4 – Washington D.C. Festival Chorus – America Our Heritage – August 17, 1969

SUN 7/4 – Dolores Gray – You’re A Grand Old Flag – July 4, 1954

SUN 7/4 – Loretta Lynn – God Bless America Again – May 30, 1971

MON 7/5 – The Kane Triplets – Pow, Pow, Pow – June 11, 1967

MON 7/5 – Alan King – Son’s Bar Mitzvah & Ed Sullivan’s Anniversary – June 2, 1968

MON 7/5 – The Dubliners – Muirsheen Durkin – March 17, 1968

MON 7/5 – Jackie Wilson – I’m Comin’ On Back To You – May 28, 1961

TUE 7/6 – Pat Henning – Psychiatrist, Uncle And Bette Davis – February 22, 1959

TUE 7/6 – Charles Nelson Riley & Nancy Walker – Lovers Meet At The Deli Skit – February 6, 1966

TUE 7/6 – Liza Minnelli – The Travelin’ Life – January 3, 1965

TUE 7/6 – Dave Brubeck Quartet – I’m In A Dancing Mood – October 16, 1960

WED 7/7 – Totie Fields – Fan Letter – January 16, 1966

WED 7/7 – Shirley Verrett – Ave Maria – May 24, 1964

WED 7/7 – The McGuire Sisters – How Come You Do Me (Like You Do) – October 17, 1965

WED 7/7 – Connie Francis – Medley: Up Above My Head / Glory Glory / Light Of Love – March 21, 1965

THU 7/8 – Mary Hopkin – Goodbye – May 25, 1969

THU 7/8 – Teresa Brewer – How Come You Do Me Like You Do – February 6, 1955

THU 7/8 – Jackie Wilson – Night – March 31, 1963

THU 7/8 – Petula Clark – My Love – November 28, 1965

FRI 7/9 – Phil Spitalny’s Hour Of Charm – Spring Song – April 1, 1951

FRI 7/9 – The Missionary Dominican Sisters Of Our Lady Of Fichermont – Puer Natus Est Nobis – January 5, 1964

FRI 7/9 – Al Hirt – That’s A Plenty – December 10, 1961

FRI 7/9 – W.C. Handy – St. Louis Blues – December 18, 1949

SAT 7/10 – Mary Hopkin – Morning Of My Life – October 27, 1968

SAT 7/10 – Sandler & Young – In the Sunshine Days – January 7, 1968

SAT 7/10 – Mahalia Jackson – Were You There When They Crucified My Lord? – April 15, 1962

SAT 7/10 – Wayne Newton – Medley: (Give Me That) Old Time Religion/America (My Country ‘Tis of Thee) – June 12, 1966

SUN 7/11 -The Amin Brothers – Acrobats – December 15, 1963

SUN 7/11 – Polly Bergen – I’ve Got My Love To Keep Me Warm – December 20, 1959

SUN 7/11 – Shirley Bassey – S Wonderful – November 13, 1960

SUN 7/11 – Ray Charles – Eleanor Rigby – December 8, 1968

MON 7/12 – Mahalia Jackson – By His Word – December 18, 1960

MON 7/12 – Al Hirt, Milton Berle – Musical Humor – December 15, 1963

MON 7/12 – The Muppets – The Art Of Visual Thinking With Kermit The Frog – October 2, 1966

MON 7/12 – Wayne Newton – I Wish You Love – December 12, 1965

TUE 7/13 – Mary Hopkin – Those Were The Days – October 27, 1968

TUE 7/13 – Allan Drake – Kids Today – June 28, 1964

TUE 7/13 – Wayne Newton – Apple Blossom Time – May 30, 1965

TUE 7/13 – Paul Anka – I Love You – February 11, 1962

WED 7/14 – Sid Caesar, Ed Sullivan, Shirley Bassey – French Restaurant – February 28, 1971

WED 7/14 – Phil Spitalny’s Hour Of Charm – Voices Of Spring – April 1, 1951

WED 7/14 – Roger Williams – Supercalifragilistic – January 31, 1965

WED 7/14 – Ray Charles – If It Wasn’t For Bad Luck – December 8, 1968

FRI 7/15 – Jerry Stiller & Anne Meara – Wrong Phone Number – January 16, 1966

FRI 7/15 – George Givot – Malaprops – July 27, 1958

FRI 7/15 – Brenda Lee – Losing You – May 12, 1963

FRI 7/15 – Connie Francis – Alexander’s Ragtime Band – October 14, 1962

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About The Ed Sullivan Show

The Ed Sullivan Show is the most popular primetime variety show in American history. For nearly a quarter century, Ed Sullivan hosted the greatest array of talent on television, including The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Elvis Presley and Motown artists such as The Supremes, The Temptations and The Jackson 5. Every Sunday night at 8pm on CBS from 1948-1971, The Ed Sullivan Show showcased a wide variety of pop culture from the worlds of music, comedy, novelty and much more. The library of 1,000 hours includes over 10,000 performances.

About SOFA Entertainment

In 1990, Andrew Solt formed SOFA Entertainment Inc. and acquired The Ed Sullivan Show from the Sullivan family. The Ed Sullivan Show is the most respected and revered variety show in television history. SOFA Entertainment is the copyright holder of the original Ed Sullivan programs and over 150 hours of newly created programming.

About UMe

Universal Music Enterprises (UMe) is the global catalog and special markets division of Universal Music Group (UMG).  Working closely in concert with UMG’s record labels, territories and operating companies, UMe provides a frontline approach to catalog management, an emphasis on strategic marketing initiatives and creating opportunities in new technologies.

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Classic Queensrÿche Albums Get Special Reissue

LANDMARK QUEENSRŸCHE ALBUMS ‘OPERATION: MINDCRIME’ AND ‘EMPIRE’ DUE JUNE 25 AS DEFINITIVE BOX SET COLLECTIONS

On June 25, Capitol/UMe will celebrate two landmark progressive metal albums by Queensrÿche. The breakthrough collection Operation: Mindcrime and its successful follow-up, Empire, will be released in multiple formats. In addition to the original versions remastered for CD and 180-gram vinyl 2LP, both titles will be available in expanded 2CD editions and in multi-disc CD+DVD box sets that stand as the final word on these albums, which carried the ambitious conceptual approach of such artists as The Who and Pink Floyd to a new decade and to a new hard rock audience.

Newly mastered at Abbey Road Studios, the deluxe versions of these remarkable albums bring together all the available recordings in 10′′ x 10′′ boxes that also contain DVDs of accompanying promotional videos and live performances of the albums. The live audio material revisits Queensrÿche’s worldwide headlining status during the Building Empires Tour, an 18-month trek that saw the band headline arenas after previous high-profile supporting slots on the Def Leppard Hysteria and Metallica And Justice For All tours. The Operation: Mindcrime deluxe features live audio concerts from London’s Hammersmith Odeon in 1990 and Wisconsin’s Target Center in 1991, plus a DVD that also includes the bonus track “The Making of Operation: Mindcrime” and an Operation: Mindcrime TV spot. The Empire deluxe version completes the Hammersmith Odeon 1990 concert with the live audio from the non-Mindcrime setlist. Geoff Tate, inducted into the 2020 Metal Hall of Fame, sheds new light on Operation: Mindcrime and Empire in extended interviews with noted journalist Alex Milas for the liner notes.

The deluxe versions of Operation: Mindcrime (originally released May 1988) and Empire (originally released August 1990) are available for preorder now. Ahead of — and leading up to — the releases, the celebration of these comprehensive box sets and releases includes a weekly premiere of remastered high-definition video on Queensrÿche’s official YouTube channel, HERE. With its sinister backdrops, a dramatic unfolding of characters and Queensrÿche’s high-octane stage performance, the Operation: Mindcrime HD remastered video, available now, provides a glimpse into the album’s intricate concept. The HD remastered video rollout for Operation: Mindcrime continues with Eyes Of A Stranger (May 14) and Grammy®-nominated single for Best Metal Performance I Don’t Believe In Love (May 21), all of which bring the plot to life. HD remastered video premieres from Empire are the title track, Empire, (May 28), Best I Can (June 4), Anybody Listening? (June 11), the Grammy®-nominated No. 1 rock hit Silent Lucidity (June 18) and, on release day, June 25, remastered HD videos will premiere for two more fan favorites Another Rainy Night (Without You) and Jet City Woman.  

Queensrÿche’s third studio album, Operation: Mindcrime, took the quintet to an entirely new level. The concept, revealed through the songs, revolves around the character of Nikki, a recovering drug addict disillusioned with a corrupt society. Drawn into a cult-like revolutionary group headed by Dr. X (voiced by the late and beloved British actor Anthony Valentine), Nikki is manipulated to assassinate political leaders until his friendship with nun Sister Mary finally opens his eyes to the truth. Regarded as one of the greatest concept metal albums of all time, Operation: Mindcrime was certified platinum in 1991 in the U.S. and was ranked in the Top 100 Metal Albums Of All Time by both Kerrang! and Billboard magazines. Rolling Stone included it on a similar list, noting that nearly 30 years after its initial release, Mindcrime feels eerily relevant.

Reaching No. 7 on the Billboard album chart, the follow-up, Empire, built upon the success of Operation: Mindcrime. Produced, like its predecessor, by Peter Collins (Bon Jovi, Rush, Alice Cooper), the collection features brilliant and intelligent lyrics and songwriting complemented by incredible musicianship, with songs ranging from beautiful ballads to strong melodic rockers and classic heavy fist-pumpers. A rarity at the time, Empire spawned six singles that lit up Billboard’s rock tracks chart with the Top 10 hits Silent Lucidity (#1), Jet City Woman (#6), Another Rainy Night (Without You) (#7) and Top 30 hits Anybody Listening? (#16), Empire (#22) and Best I Can (#28). The power ballad Silent Lucidity was the band’s first crossover hit, topping the Billboard rock singles chart and reaching No. 9 on the Billboard Hot 100. Silent Lucidity also earned a Grammy® nomination for Best Rock Vocal Performance by a Duo or Group and received an MTV Viewer’s Choice award. RIAA-certified triple-platinum, Empire is the band’s most commercially successful album to date.

Progressive metal greats Queensrÿche emerged from Bellevue, Washington, in 1982 and have sold more than 30 million albums worldwide.

Preorder Operation: Mindcrime here.

Preorder Empire here.

Queensrÿche OPERATION: MINDCRIME [4CD/1DVD DELUXE VERSION]

CD1

  1. I Remember Now
  2. Anarchy-X
  3. Revolution Calling
  4. Operation: Mindcrime
  5. Speak
  6. Spreading The Disease
  7. The Mission
  8. Suite Sister Mary
  9. The Needle Lies
  10. Electric Requiem
  11. Breaking The Silence
  12. I Don’t Believe In Love
  13. Waiting For 22
  14. My Empty Room
  15. Eyes Of A Stranger

CD2

  1. I Don’t Believe In Love – Extended Version
  2. The Mission – Live At The Hammersmith Odeon, London, 1990
  3. My Empty Room – Live At The Astoria Theatre, London, 1994
  4. Interview With Queensrÿche
  5. Overseeing The Operation
  6. The Lady Wore Black – Live From Wisconsin, 1991
  7. Roads To Madness – Live From Wisconsin, 1991

CD3 Operation: Mindcrime Live At Hammersmith Odeon, London, England, 1990

  1. I Remember Now
  2. Anarchy-X
  3. Revolution Calling
  4. Operation: Mindcrime
  5. Speak
  6. Spreading The Disease
  7. The Mission
  8. Suite Sister Mary
  9. The Needle Lies
  10. Electric Requiem
  11. Breaking The Silence
  12. I Don’t Believe In Love
  13. Waiting For 22
  14. My Empty Room
  15. Eyes Of A Stranger

CD4 Operation: Mindcrime Live From Wisconsin, 1991

  1. I Remember Now
  2. Anarchy-X
  3. Revolution Calling
  4. Operation: Mindcrime
  5. Speak
  6. Spreading The Disease
  7. The Mission
  8. Suite Sister Mary
  9. The Needle Lies
  10. Electric Requiem
  11. Breaking The Silence
  12. I Don’t Believe In Love
  13. Waiting For 22
  14. My Empty Room
  15. Eyes Of A Stranger

DVD Operation: Mindcrime Live / Promo Videos

  1. I Remember Now [Concert Film] – Live On Location In Wisconsin, 1991
  2. Anarchy-X [Music Video] – Live On Location In Wisconsin, 1988
  3. Revolution Calling [Concert Film] – Live On Location In Wisconsin, 1991
  4. Operation: Mindcrime [Concert Film] – Live On Location In Wisconsin, 1991
  5. Speak [Concert Film] – Live On Location In Wisconsin, 1991
  6. Spreading The Disease [Concert Film] – Live On Location In Wisconsin, 1991
  7. The Mission [Music Video] – Live On Location In Wisconsin, 1988
  8. Suite Sister Mary [Concert Film] – Live On Location In Wisconsin, 1991
  9. The Needle Lies [Concert Film] – Live On Location in Wisconsin, 1991
  10. Electric Requiem [Music Video] – Live On Location In Wisconsin, 1988
  11. Breaking The Silence [Music Video] – Live On Location In Wisconsin, 1988
  12. I Don’t Believe In Love [Concert Film] – Live On Location In Wisconsin, 1991
  13. Waiting For 22 [Concert Film] – Live On Location In Wisconsin, 1991
  14. My Empty Room [Music Video] – Live On Location In Wisconsin, 1988
  15. Eyes Of A Stranger [Concert Film] – Live On Location In Wisconsin, 1991
  16. Operation Livecrime End Credits [Concert Film]
  17. I Remember Now [Concert Film]
  18. Anarchy-X [Concert Film]
  19. Revolution Calling [Music Video]
  20. Operation: Mindcrime [Music Video]
  21. Speak [Music Video]
  22. Breaking The Silence [Music Video]
  23. I Don’t Believe In Love [Music Video]
  24. Waiting For 22 [Concert Film]
  25. Eyes Of A Stranger [Concert Film]
  26. Operation: Mindcrime End Credits [Concert Film]
  27. I Don’t Believe In Love [Concert Film] 2019 Remaster
  28. The Making of Operation: Mindcrime [Behind the Scenes] – Bonus Track
  29. I Don’t Believe In Love
  30. Eyes Of A Stranger
  31. Revolution Calling
  32. Operation: Mindcrime [Trailers/Teasers] – Bonus Track
  33. Revolution Calling
  34. Eyes Of A Stranger
  35. I Don’t Believe In Love
  36. Menu / Queensrÿche / Operation: Mindcrime [Concert Film]

Queensrÿche EMPIRE [3CD/1DVD DELUXE VERSION]

CD1

  1. Best I Can
  2. The Thin Line
  3. Jet City Woman
  4. Della Brown
  5. Another Rainy Night (Without You)
  6. Empire
  7. Resistance
  8. Silent Lucidity
  9. Hand On Heart
  10. One And Only
  11. Anybody Listening?

CD2

  1. Last Time In Paris – (Bonus Track)
  2. Scarborough Fair – (Bonus Track)
  3. Dirty Lil Secret – (Bonus Track)
  4. Silent Lucidity – Edit
  5. Empire – Edit
  6. I Dream In Infrared – Acoustic Version
  7. Prophecy – Live In Tokyo
  8. Best I Can – Radio Edit
  9. Anybody Listening? -Radio Edit

CD3 Empire Live At Hammersmith Odeon, London, England 1990

  1. Resistance
  2. Walk in The Shadows
  3. Best I Can
  4. Empire
  5. The Thin Line
  6. Jet City Woman
  7. Roads To Madness
  8. Silent Lucidity
  9. Hand On Heart
  10. Take Hold Of The Flame

DVD

  1. Building Empires Opening [Concert Film]
  2. Nightrider [Music Video]
  3. Prophecy [Concert Film] – Live In Tokyo, 1983
  4. Gonna Get Close To You [Concert Film]
  5. Eyes of A Stranger [Music Video] – Alternate Version
  6. Empire [Concert Film]
  7. Best I Can [Music Video]
  8. Silent Lucidity [Music Video]
  9. Jet City Woman [Music Video]
  10. Another Rainy Night (Without You) [Concert Film]
  11. Another Rainy Night (Without You) [Music Video] – Alternate Version
  12. Anybody Listening? [Concert Film]
  13. Resistance [Concert Film] – Live
  14. Walk In The Shadows [Music Video] – Live
  15. The Thin Line [Music Video] – Live
  16. Take Hold Of The Flame [Music Video] – Live
  17. The Lady Wore Black [Music Video] – Live
  18. Silent Lucidity [Music Video] – Live
  19. Building Empires End Credits [Concert Film]
  20. Menu / Queensrÿche / Building Empires [Concert Film]
Mary Wilson from Cathy Williams from UMe for use by 360 Magazine

Honoring Mary Wilson’s Memory – Black Music × Pride Month

Legendary artist/author and original and founding member of the Supremes, Mary Wilson was also known as a tireless advocate for the Black and LGBTQ+ communities. 

 

The Motown/UMe April release of Mary Wilson: Expanded Edition represented an ongoing effort to honor her memory and her passion for celebrating life through music. Her work to raise awareness of the need for tolerance and equality is especially poignant during June, which is dedicated to Black Music Month and Pride Month; her music provides a fitting backdrop to celebrations and events — from intimate events to large-scale community celebrations.  

 

Ms. Wilson believed in the power of music, especially the joy The Supremes brought to the world. She carried on that legacy throughout her career and right up to the days before her untimely passing in February, just weeks before the release of Mary Wilson: Expanded Edition.  

 

“The music was inclusive. It didn’t matter who you were, the music touched your soul. Music, to me, brought all the souls together. I’ve always said that Motown was an ambassador for love and for friendship because it brought people together.” – Mary Wilson in a 2015 interview with Pride Source.

Mary Wilson: Expanded Edition was originally announced to celebrate her 77th Birthday and honor her history and legacy with the first of her album projects. Ms. Wilson, who retained ownership of her solo recordings, wanted to make the album – and much more – available to her many fans around the world. Mary Wilson: Expanded Edition is a newly compiled version of her solo album, originally released by Motown in 1979, that will now be available on all digital platforms for the first time. Added to the album are eight incredible bonus tracks, four of them unreleased, including the legendary tracks recorded as a follow-up to the album produced by Gus Dudgeon (Elton John, Joan Armatrading, Chris Rea, et al). Featured as the lead single is a brand-new song, “Why Can’t We All Get Along,” produced by Richard Davis and co-written with Angelo Bond, who previously had great success as a co-writer with General Johnson and Greg Perry for “Bring The Boys Home.”

 

Mary Wilson, who had many fond memories around recording her solo debut, was so excited about the release of this album that, after finalizing details with UMe, she created an impromptu “teaser,” posting what was to be her final YouTube video. “I finally decided how to work with Universal, and they are going to release new Mary Wilson recordings,” she said. “Yes! At last! At last,” adding that the expanded version of the album, known by her and to fans as “Red Hot,” referring to its lead single, will include the Dudgeon productions – and something new. “It was four wonderful songs that were never released… and I also have some other songs, some surprising new songs… Thank you Universal for chiming in with me and helping this come true. Hopefully some of that will be out on my birthday, March 6th… I’ve got my fingers crossed.”

 

Sadly, the world mourned the sudden passing of Mary Wilson on February 8th, which also marked the 56th anniversary of The Supremes’ #1 hit, “Stop! In the Name Of Love.” She was a world-renowned singer, best-selling author, a humanitarian, artist rights advocate, philanthropist, cultural ambassador for the U.S. appointed by Colin Powell, but she was best known as a “Supreme.” She was the co-founder of the original Supremes, along with Diana Ross and Florence Ballard, which signed to Motown in January 1961, making this year their 60th anniversary. The group broke down barriers by becoming the world’s most popular female singing trio, with an unprecedented string of 12 number one hits, 33 top 40 singles, a record breaking 5 consecutive number ones, and the first number one album for a female group. Mary Wilson is the only member with the group from their signing in 1961 to their disbanding in 1977. Their legendary history is the foundation for dozens of books, movies, and even three Broadway musicals.

 

But the often-overlooked history is of the solo careers of Mary Wilson and Florence Ballard. Ballard had previously released an album on ABC Records while, upon leaving the Supremes, Mary Wilson released her self-titled solo album debut on Motown, her label for the previous 18 years. Mary Wilson had the potential of becoming a dance classic. Famed Motown Producer Hal Davis, known for #1 hits on the Jackson 5, Thelma Houston and Diana Ross crafted a lush disco album for Wilson, with six dance tracks and a mid-tempo ballad. Wilson recorded the album while pregnant with her youngest son, Raphael, and for the album’s cover shoot she was wrapped in a jacket to hide the pregnancy.

 

“Red Hot” was the obvious lead single. But just prior to the release of the album the infamous Disco Demolition Night took place at Comiskey Park in Chicago on July 12, 1979. The “Disco Sucks” movement impacted the release of Mary Wilson, and the single reached #85 on the dance chart and #95 on the R&B chart. This new collection retrieves for history the song’s rare 12” and 7” mixes, which were unique from the album’s version. Despite being loved by fans, and the release of a second single, “Pick Up the Pieces” in the U.K., the Mary Wilson album did not get the recognition it deserved.

 

In 1980, Mary Wilson headed to Europe to record with Elton John’s producer, Gus Dudgeon. The late Dudgeon, who started as Decca Records’ in-house recording engineer, became a key creative collaborator with Elton John, producing seven No. 1 albums, in addition to creating masterworks with David Bowie, Joan Armatrading, Chris Rea, and many more.

 

Wilson wrote in her second autobiography, Supreme Faith: Someday We’ll Be Together, “I was very excited about these four songs. It wasn’t the formula disco of my first album. Two of the songs were big ballads. The other two were rock and roll in the style of Tina Turner’s mid-eighties hits; I was certainly ahead of the time.” Three of the four songs were never released. The fourth song, “You Dance My Heart Around the Stars,” first made available in 2015 on a collection of the co-writer’s, Steve Kalinich, a frequent collaborator of the Beach Boys, is considered one of Wilson’s finest performances. 

 

In 1986 Mary Wilson wrote her best-selling autobiography, Dreamgirl: My Life As A Supreme, followed by two more books, Supreme Faith: Someday We’ll Be Together, and Supreme Glamour. Although Mary continued to record and release music through the rest of her career, fans have continually requested to hear this music. These songs remain among the most requested items in the Motown catalog.

 

While recording more music over the last 10 years, Mary Wilson reconnected with Richard Davis, executive of Gold Forever Music, a publishing company established by Eddie Holland after leaving Motown. In the early days of Motown, Holland-Dozier-Holland was the songwriting team responsible for The Supremes’ string of hit records.

 

While Mary continued to record, she kept a journal with her most personal thoughts, perspective, outlook, philosophy on life, beliefs based on her experiences and topics of the day. Richard Davis discussed this song with Wilson. Mary told Davis and Bond that their lyrics were able to capture and articulate her feelings into song and help her tell her story. As she was watching and writing about her feelings about the political unrest and the division in the country, Mary felt strongly about releasing “Why Can’t We All Get Along,” now in the hopes of spreading a positive message through music.

 

TRACKLISTING:

Mary Wilson

Mary Wilson: Expanded Edition

 

1.   Red Hot (6:06)

2.   I’ve Got What You Need (5:08)

3.   You Make Me Feel So Good (5:51)

4.  (I Love A) Warm Summer Night  (4:07)

5.   Pick Up the Pieces * (5:01)

6.   You’re the Light That Guides My Way (3:18)

7.   Midnight Dancer (3:08)

 

#1-7: Produced by Hal Davis

* Co-Produced by Hal Davis & Bobby Belle

Originally issued as Motown M7-927 R1 (1979)

 

Bonus Tracks

 

The Red Hot Singles

8.   Red Hot 7” Single Version (3:53)

9.   Red Hot 12” Disco Version – Remixed by Rusty Garner (7:12)

10. Red Hot 12” B-Side Promo Version – Remixed by Rusty Garner (3:53) – previously unreleased commercially

 

The Gus Dudgeon Sessions – previously unreleased except **

11. You Dance My Heart Around the Stars** (4:34)

12. Love Talk (4:05)

13. Save Me (3:53)

14. Green River (3:36)

 

The Richard Davis Sessions – previously unreleased

15. Why Can’t We All Get Along Single version (4:50)