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The Sounds of the Supremes: CANCELLED

The Sounds of the Supremes: CANCELLED

Sorry this event has been cancelled


  • Fri 27 Apr ’18, 7:00pm – 10:00pm


Hawkins Theatre, 13 Ray Small Drive, Papakura


All Ages Licensed

Ticket Information:

  • General Admission: $44.00

Direct from the USA The Sounds Of The Supremes perform live with a Full Band in Auckland for One Show Only.

The Sound of the Supremes - Motown hits Auckland

For one night only!

The Hawkins Theatre, Papakura, presents The Sounds of the Supremes, April 27 at 7pm. The show is dedicated to the Motown hits of the 70s/80s and features Kaaren Ragland, who toured with original Supreme Mary Wilson for eight years. 

The music of Motown, which influenced a generation, has shown itself to be one of the most definitive and enduring contributions to American pop music history. This legacy lives on today with Sounds of the Supremes.

Ragland, joined by Kathy Merrick and Althea Burkhalter-Peyton, deliver a non-stop bravura performance filled with a vocal blend of Motown classics, standards, and contemporary songs coupled with choreography and glamour. The three women possess more than 40 years of experience in recording, television, cabaret, theatre, and musicals.

From “Love Child”, to “Stop! In the Name of Love” and “Someday We’ll Be Together,” this group, backed by a full band, performs over 25 Motown favourites. 

Since the late 1980s, the group has performed in over 60 countries and achieved a remarkable degree of worldwide success. They are the only female group of its type whose set includes all of the more than 25 Supremes chart topping hit songs "live in-concert" today. 

Sounds of the Supremes released the album "Live At Highclere Castle" in England on Succession Records. "Live At Highclere Castle" is available from iTunes, Amazon.com and online retail outlets. 

The Supremes’ first consecutive string of hits were all written and produced by the Holland-Dozier-Holland team. This string began in July of 1964 with “Where Did Our Love Go,” and was followed by “Baby Love,” “Come See About Me,” “Stop! In The Name of Love,” and “Back in My Arms Again.” The Supremes produced a brand of pop/rock that, with a good beat for dancing, complemented by striking melodies and memorable lyrics, captured the attention of American teenagers. Within a few years, the group was also playing the nightclub circuit and singing for more mature audiences.
In 1965 the Supremes were in great demand for television appearances, and the trio was featured on variety shows hosted by Ed Sullivan, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis, and Red Skelton, in addition to several “Hullabaloo” shows. The glamorous look of the Supremes began to take shape in 1965. On-stage, the girls had previously worn little makeup and knee-length dresses, but they now began wearing their signature wigs, heavy false eyelashes, and glamorous gowns. The Supremes toured the Far East, and upon their return, made their first Las Vegas appearance. By the end of the year, “I Hear a Symphony” was added to their list of chart-topping hits. The “symphony” heard in the background was provided by members of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra.

In 1966, the Supremes began another string of hits that continued into the next year. “My World Is Empty Without You” and “Love Is Like an Itching in My Heart,” their first two songs of the year, reached the top ten. Those songs were followed by four straight number ones: “You Can’t Hurry Love,” “You Keep Me Hangin’ On,” “Love Is Here and Now You’re Gone,” and “The Happening.”

Mary Wilson toured the United Kingdom performing with Karen Ragland and Karen Jackson as the Supremes. In 1988 the group was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Upon their induction, Rolling Stone said of the Hall of Famers: “The Supremes embodied the ’Motown sound’ that kept America dancing throughout the Sixties.” Furthermore, the citation concluded, the Supremes “set a gorgeous new standard for Top Forty pop.”

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