The most successful female group of all time the legendary Supremes started out as a quartet known as the Primettes. In 1959, two 15-year-olds, Florence Ballard of Northwestern High School and Mary Wilson of Northeastern High School, met at a talent show. Mary sang Frankie Lymon songs like “I’m Not a Juvenile Delinquent” while Flo belted out “Ave Maria.” Local manager Milton Jenkins, who had a doo wop group called the Primes (see The Temptations), wanted a sister group to accompany the Primes for stage performances, and he asked Flo to put together such an act. She remembered Mary. The two of them then brought in 16-year-old Betty Travis while Primes member Paul Williams recommended a 15-year-old from Detroit’s Brewster Housing project, Diane Ross of Cass Technical High School. Jenkins christened them the Primettes after Diane was given permission by her parents to join, and the quartet started doing club dates.
The concept is to induct vocal groups into their unique non-profit Hall of Fame, managed by the inducted artists, their duly appointed peers, industry professionals and elected boards and committees. Thus, the creation of a Vocal Group Hall of Fame Museum as the home for memorabilia and a Clubhouse for the inductees to collectively present and honor the greatest vocalist of all time. Further, the attraction is designed to educate, entertain and enlighten people of all generations around the world of the astounding legacy and music left by the vocal groups of the past, and to pave the way for vocal groups of the future.
This is accomplished by recognizing the inductees as composers, creators, and performers of the music that influenced today’s music culture. The objective of The Vocal Group Hall of Fame Foundation is to preserve the historical music, memories, and memorabilia of the greatest vocal groups of all time. Thus, the creation of a Vocal Group Hall of Fame Museum became the home for memorabilia of the inductees to collectively present and a clubhouse to honor the greatest vocal groups and vocalist of all time.
The Vocal Group Hall of Fame honors these greatest vocal groups of all time, who have achieved worldwide recognition, by way of their recordings, television appearances, and other entertainment media. The Vocal Group Hall of Fame is dedicated to preserving the Inductee’s music, perpetuating their legacies, and keeping their music and memory alive for those that have been inspired and attracted to their timeless music brought to the forefront for generations of music lovers to come.