Get ready to groove with MOTOWN LEGENDS at the Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts (CCPA) on Friday, March 27 at 8:00 P.M. Mary Wilson of the Supremes, The Original Vandellas, and The Contours Featuring Joe Billingslea present their greatest hits in a memorable night. Tickets start at $40.
Enjoy favorite hits from the Supremes founding member and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer MARY WILSON (Stop! In the Name of Love; Baby Love); THE ORIGINAL VANDELLAS (Dancing in the Streets, [Love Is Like a] Heat Wave,); and THE CONTOURS FEATURING JOE BILLINGSLEA (Do You Love Me [Now That I Can Dance]?).
With The Supremes, original member and longest-running vocalist Wilson ruled Motown music charts with a dozen No. One hits, including Where Did Our Love Go; Baby Love; Stop, in the Name of Love; Back in My Arms Again; and I Hear a Symphony. The most commercially successful girl group of the 1960s, The Supremes were inducted into the Vocal Group Hall of Fame and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Rolling Stone magazine named the Grammy-nominated band on its list of “100 Greatest Artists of All Time.”
After the group disbanded, Wilson released her first solo self-titled album, which showcased the dance hit Red Hot. Other notable Wilson solo works include the Walk the Line album, which produced the single One Night With You. She penned the best-selling autobiography Dreamgirl – My Life as a Supreme and its sequel, Supreme Faith – Someday We’ll Be Together.
The tribute show also features The Original Vandellas, which made its mark on the Motor City and the music world with the hits Come and Get These Memories, Wild One, Live Wire, Quicksand, and the Top 10 songs Nowhere to Run, Jimmy Mack, and I’m Ready for Love. The group, inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Vocal Group Hall of Fame, is also a recipient of an American Music Award and the Rhythm and Blues Pioneer Award. The tune Do You Love Me (Now That I Can Dance) roared to the No. Two spot on the Billboard music charts, launching The Contours, featuring Joe Billingslea, into what was then Motown mania. The single earned Gold status and remained on the charts for five months. It still holds the record as Motown’s fastest rising song of all time. The band’s other hits include Can You Jerk Like Me and Just a Little Misunderstanding.
The group’s dance style – which encompassed synchronized splits, flips, and an occasional summersault – thrilled audiences nationwide and soon became The Contours’ trademark. The 1987 blockbuster movie Dirty Dancing, starring the late Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey, revived The Contours’ Do You Love Me, sending the group back to the music charts.
For tickets or more information on this performance, call (562) 916-8500 or go to cerritoscenter.com.
This article was released by the Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts.