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Lead singer of the Motown trio 'The Supremes' Diana Ross with Mary Wilson and Cindy Birdsong
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January 28th

1968The Supremes appear on British TV’s Sunday Night at the London Palladium with Tom Jones and Des O’Connor.

1978 – The Fleetwood Mac album ‘Rumours’ went to No.1 on the US album chart, also a No.1 in the UK. The album went on to sell over 15 million copies world- wide and spent over 440 weeks on the UK chart.

1985 – The recording took place for We Are The World the US equivalent of Band Aid at A&M Studios in Hollywood, Los Angeles. Written by Michael Jackson and Lionel Richie the all star cast included Stevie Wonder, Tina Turner, Bruce Springsteen, Diana Ross, Bob Dylan, (who contributed four lines to the charity single), Ray Charles, Daryl Hall, John Oates, Cyndi Lauper, Steve Perry and Bob Geldof. The session was produced by Quincy Jones.

2000 – Saxophonist and bandleader Thomas ‘Beans’ Bowles died of prostate cancer aged 73. Played on many Motown sessions including Marvin Gaye’s, ‘What’s Going On’, Martha and the Vandellas’ ‘Heat Wave’ and The Supremes ‘Baby Love’ and wrote the melody on Stevie Wonder’s ‘Fingertips Pt. 2.’

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