Betty McGlown Rhythm and blues Artist

Betty McGlown-Travis (born 1943 in Detroit, Michigan) is an African American singer, a member of The Primettes, later known as The Supremes. In 1959, McGlown started dating future Temptations member Paul Williams who was then singing with the Primes. Around the same time, the Primes' booking agent and manager Milton Jenkins was scouting the Detroit neighborhoods looking for girls to become part of the Primes' sister act. After discovering Florence Ballard, Ballard set on recruiting other girls she knew, quickly asking Mary Wilson, who asked Diana Ross to join. Due to her connection with Williams, McGlown became the last to join the Primettes. Along with their guitarist, Marv Tarplin, the girls performed for Berry Gordy who, although impressed, told them they were too young for the business and encouraged them to finish school. On Lupine Records, McGlown sang backing vocals for Mary Wilson on "Pretty Baby" and backing vocals for Diana Ross on "Tears of Sorrow". These became the only known recordings of McGlown, although her voice does not stand out by itself in either song (and some have disputed that her voice is not even on these songs).

Personal details

Date of birth
June 30th, 1941
Place of birth
Detroit, Michigan, United States of America
United States of America
Date of death
January 12th, 2008 at age of 66

Musical acts

1.The Supremes Soul music, Rhythm and blues, Psychedelic soul, Doo-wop, Girl group, Disco, Pop music

1959 - 1960

The Supremes were an American female singing group and the premier act of Motown Records during the 1960s. Founded as the Primettes in Detroit, Michigan, in 1959, the Supremes were the most commercially successful of Motown's acts and are, to date, America's most successful vocal group with 12 number one singles on the Billboard Hot 100. Most of these hits were written and produced by Motown's main songwriting and production team, Holland–Dozier–Holland. At their peak in the mid-1960s, the Supremes rivaled the Beatles in worldwide popularity, and their success made it possible for future African American R&B and soul musicians to find mainstream success. Founding members Florence Ballard, Mary Wilson, Diana Ross, and Betty McGlown, all from the Brewster-Douglass public housing project in Detroit, formed the Primettes as the sister act to the Primes. Barbara Martin replaced McGlown in 1960, and the group signed with Motown the following year as the Supremes. Martin left the act in early 1962, and Ross, Ballard, and Wilson carried on as a trio. During the mid-1960s, the Supremes achieved mainstream success with Ross as lead singer.

Member history

Member Role Start End
Vocals 1959 1977
Vocals 1959 1970
Vocals 1959 June 28th, 1967
Vocals 1959 1960
Vocals 1967 1972
Vocals January 14th, 1970 1973
Vocals April, 1972 1973
Vocals 1973 1977
Vocals 1976 1977


Album title Released Type
Meet the Supremes 1963 Studio album
Where Did Our Love Go 1964 Studio album
A Bit of Liverpool 1964 Studio album
Sing Country Western & Pop 1965 Studio album
We Remember Sam Cooke 1965 Studio album
More Hits by The Supremes 1965 Studio album
I Hear a Symphony 1966 Studio album
The Supremes A' Go-Go 1966 Studio album
The Supremes Sing Holland–Dozier–Holland 1967 Studio album
The Supremes Sing Rodgers & Hart 1967 Studio album
Reflections 1968 Studio album
Diana Ross & the Supremes Sing and Perform Funny Girl"" 1968 Studio album
Diana Ross & The Supremes Join The Temptations 1968 Studio album
Love Child 1968 Studio album
Let the Sunshine In 1969 Studio album
Together 1969 Studio album
Cream of the Crop 1969 Studio album
Right On 1970 Studio album
The Magnificent 7 1970 Studio album
New Ways but Love Stays 1970 Studio album
Touch 1971 Studio album
The Return of the Magnificent Seven 1971 Studio album
Dynamite 1971 Studio album
Floy Joy 1972 Studio album
The Supremes Produced and Arranged by Jimmy Webb 1972 Studio album
High Energy 1976 Studio album
Mary, Scherrie & Susaye 1976 Studio album
On Broadway 1969 Soundtrack

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