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Monday, August 10, 2009 - 2:34pm

The Supremes have been called the second-most important American music act after Elvis. Though they had a string of Number 1 hits, they were never nominated for a Grammy. And though there have been several autobiographies written by group members, up till now there has never been a thorough biography written by an outsider of the Supremes and their long struggle at Motown Records. Tonight on Inquiry, we welcome noted rock historian MARK RIBOWSKY who tells the real story of the three teenagers who met in the Detroit projects, started out as The Primettes and went on to become headlining stars as The Supremes at the Copacabana.  It’s a gritty story of jealousy, greed and the drive to succeed against all odds. This is also the story of one of the greatest songwriting teams America has ever known: Holland-Dozier-Holland. Tune in tonight as we relive those crazy, heady days of “Hitsville USA”. Ribowsky’s monumental book is titled: THE SUPREMES: A SAGA OF MOTOWN DREAMS, SUCCESS AND BETRAYAL.

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Al Dean

Al grew up listening to the music of the 40’s on his father’s EH Scott radio and 78 records. Glenn Miller, Tommy Dorsey, Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald and Benny Goodman were family favorites. This is first experience in the broadcasting field and allows him to dig into his closet of old vinyls and share them with his audience on the Sunday afternoon edition of the Jazz Matinee.

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