Former Ladies of the Supremes: Soul legends set to bring a slice of Motown to Havering stage
PUBLISHED: 10:00 27 July 2018
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Two of Motown’s former Supremes will be bringing legendary tunes from one of the most iconic female bands to Romford.
Scherrie Payne and Susaye Greene together with Joyce Vincent will be starting their UK tour of the Former Ladies of the Supremes at The City Pavilion.
Audiences can expect a fast paced show packed full of all the best Supremes hit songs including Stop In The Name of Love, Stoned Love, Where Did Our Love Go and many more.
Scherrie told the Recorder: “We will of course be singing a lot of songs from the Supremes - some old a couple new, so it’ll be very nostalgic for everyone. We have something for everybody, the young and old.
“I don’t think I have ever been to Romford but I’m really excited, we all are.”
Scherrie performed lead vocals on Motown’s three final Supremes albums and she is officially recognised as The Supremes’ final lead singer.
She was also a member of the Supremes revival line-up with Diana Ross in 2000 when they toured the USA with their Return to Love tour.
Speaking about performing with Diana, she said: “That was spectacular, absolutely spectacular. [Diana] was so gracious and wonderful.
“We had the best time with her.”
The Detroit based singer’s career began in 1968 after she graduated from Michigan State College with a degree in medical technology.
“I decided I didn’t want to do that so I started teaching school for a while,” she said.
“I got really fortunate, my sister had come into town and she was talking with Eddy Holland who heard a song I wrote and he asked me to audition for his company.”
Scherrie became the lead singer of the Detroit based group The Glass House. They signed to the Invictus label in 1969 and saw their biggest hit with the track Crumbs Off The Table, which chartered on the Billboard Top 10 between 1969 and 1972.
Scherrie remembers the exact moment she first heard one of her favourite Supremes songs.
She was taking a shortcut through the college when she heard some music playing from one of the rooms.
Scherrie instantly fell in love with the song Where Did Our Love Go.
Around nine years later Scherrie would join the Supremes as their lead singer.
Known affectionately by fans as The Little Lady with the Big Voice, Scherrie said she doesn’t know where the nickname came from.
“At first I was offended, because I thought people thought I sang like a belter.”
“I know I do sing loud, but Susaye is the one with the big voice.
“She can hit those notes right into the stratosphere.”
The ladies have been performing for more than 30 years and have shared the stage with many well-known artists including Sir Tom Jones, James Brown, The Four Tops, and The Temptations.
Speaking about some of her favourite collaborations Scherrie said: “I always loved performing with Dennis Edwards from The Temptations.
“He was such a wonderful man.”
As for her inspiration, Scherrie named Billie Holliday, Gloria Lynn and Marvin Gaye.
“Marvin Gaye could just sing the dictionary and it would be amazing.
“What’s Going On is one of my favourite albums and it was so timely - it’s still relevant even now.”
Also a successful songwriter, Scherrie has written several screenplays and three stage plays.
“Two of my actresses for the play, A Lady in Waiting were nominated by the NAACP Theatre Awards.
“I was so proud of them.
“I love writing and I would love to see one of my screen plays on the big screen.”
When asked what advice she would give to female singing groups today, Scherrie said: “Be passionate about what you’re doing and serious.
“Sometimes you may have disappointments but keep dreaming and keep class around you.”
The Former Ladies of the Supremes will play The City Pavilion in Collier Row Road on Friday, November 16.