Stop! In the name of trivia: A Supremes quiz

Test your knowledge of the most successful American vocal group of all time.

 

The Supremes were the most commercially successful of Motown's acts. In total, they had 12 number-one hits on the Billboard Hot 100.

In 1970, Diana Ross left the group to pursue a solo career, and after seven years of lineup changes, The Supremes folded in 1977. 

How well do you know the story of what happened in between? Do you keep the music alive to this day? Find out with this quiz, and be sure to share your thoughts and score in the comments section below!

  1. In 1960, Diana Ross asked her old neighbor to set her group up with an audition at Motown. Who was that old neighbor?
  2. Who chose the name "The Supremes" from a list provided by Berry Gordy?
  3. In 1963, who did Berry Gordy pick as the official lead singer of The Supremes?
  4. What was the first Supremes song to hit #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 pop singles chart?
  5. What was the name of the first feature film that featured The Supremes acting as themselves?
  6. On October 22, 1965, this became the first album by an all-female group to reach number one on the US Billboard 200.
  7. What year saw the official name changed to Diana Ross & The Supremes?
  8. Amidst premature rumors that Diana Ross would leave to perform a solo career, Motown execs were ready with which singer to replace her in 1966?
  9. Cindy Birdsong replaced which Supreme?
  10. Which songwriting team wrote most of The Supremes' hits?
  11. Fill in the blank: "I Hear a __________"
  12. "'Cause you don't really love me, you just keep me __________"
  13. "Come See About Me" opens with a ________, making it one of the first times the technique was used in a studio recording.
  14. According to their 1966 song "You Can’t Hurry Love," The Supremes see love as a game of what?
  15. Which singer attempted to recreate that '60s sound with a #1 hit cover of "You Can't Hurry Love" in 1982?
  16. 'Dreamgirl: My Life as a Supreme' is a 1986 autobiography written by which Supreme?
  17. What song did the briefly reunited Diana Ross & The Supremes perform at the 'Motown 25' anniversary special?
  18. Berry Gordy originally wanted which R&B singer to play Diana Ross' role of Dorothy in The Wiz?
  19. The Supremes were originally known by which name?
  20. Which act did the Supremes never record an album with?

Stop! In the name of trivia: A Supremes quiz

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46 Comments

Mark 7 months ago
17 out of 20...as for the Diane/Diana thing, the story I heard was that Berry Gordy changed her name from Diane to Diana as the latter had a more classy ring to it.
Indianagirl1963 7 months ago
Diana Ross was pregnant with Barry Gordy's baby when she married her husband. She lied to everyone, however everyone at Motown knew she was having an affair with the boss.
Mark Indianagirl1963 7 months ago
Which was exactly how she got to be the lead singer, screwing over the more talented Flo and Mary. Mary hung in there for years, keeping the group alive well after Diana bailed. Flo was fired from the group (before a performance, no less!) and replaced by Cindy Birdsong, who had just sang earlier that evening with her previous group, Patti Labelle and the Bluebelles.

Over a year later, Flo managed to get a solo contract with ABC, with two former Motown staffers as her producers. Only two singles were released, both went nowhere, and a proposed album was shelved for many years (it finally saw a release in the UK under the title The Supreme Florence Ballard, with the addition of a couple of Supremes tracks on which she took the lead). Her life, career and marriage spiraled out of control from that point, and she died tragically in 1976, only 32 years old.
oldmoe51 8 months ago
12/20 not very good but I don’t know a lot about them
SusanTammy 8 months ago
14/20 I should have done better than that.
KawiVulc 9 months ago
13/20... but that #15.... ack...
mdit21 9 months ago
20/20.

Yes, I keep their music alive today. I have their albums, singles, CDs, videos (including "Beach Ball"), and...

daDoctah 9 months ago
On #17, I remember watching the Motown 25 special. Another Supremes song, "You Can't Hurry Love", was covered by...Adam Ant?!
retro6 9 months ago
18/20. I would have been upset if I’d gotten any less wrong. I’m an honorary Supreme!😜
Wenatchee7 9 months ago
15/20 Knew some of the answers from watching the Temptations made for TV movie. If you have a chance to see it, I highly recommend it.
Peter_Falk_Fan 9 months ago
11/20 Brutal. I didn't have to guess on 7 of them.
justjeff 9 months ago
15/20... and I'm Supremely bored by now...
Maverick66 9 months ago
10/20. I knew the ones about the music but not the ones about the personnel.
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