‘The Ed Sullivan Show’ has hosted many historic moments in television. In 1969, Diana Ross & The Supremes took the stage to perform together for the last time. The group had been together since 1959.
Sullivan recognizes the importance of the moment and tells the audience that Diana Ross will continue her solo career. The fantastic girl group performed their current number one hit, ‘Someday We’ll Be Together.’
They appeared dressed in beautiful gold gowns with long, flowing material on their arms, making them look like angels. The upper body of the dress was covered with gold sequins to add shine.
The Supremes stood in front of gold pillars illuminated with dots of glowing light. The background singers, Mary Wilson, and Cindy Birdsong, swayed back and forth, delivering their tight harmonies and wonderful vocal blend.
Near the close of the performance, Diana moves toward the front, getting closer to the camera as the other girls fade into the distance. As Diana approached her solo career, this song was recorded without Mary Wilson and Cindy Birdsong’s excellent backing vocals.
However, the song was still credited as the Supremes’ last number 1 hit. It became the last number 1 hit of the 60s as well. They amassed a total of 12 number 1’s in their career together.
Originally called ‘The Primettes,’ the girls were famous for songs like ‘Baby Love,’ ‘You Can’t Hurry Love,’ and ‘Stop in the Name of Love.’ The Supremes were the most commercially successful Motown group of all time. Their talent and stage presence is evident in this clip from their last show together.