Duke Fakir predicts Supremes reunion

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 2 April 2014
Duke Fakir and The Four Tops

Duke Fakir and The Four Tops

The Four Tops star Duke Fakir is predicting Diana Ross and Mary Wilson are going to reconcile their friendship and reunite as The Supremes for a concert

The Four Tops star Duke Fakir believes Diana Ross and Mary Wilson are set to reunite for a concert as The Supremes.

The 78-year-old singer thinks the time could be right for the two stars to put their differences aside after so many year and put the iconic Motown group back together one last time with Cindy Birdsong.

Duke - who is the last original surviving member of The Four Tops - told BANG Showbiz: "I'm going to make a prediction; somewhere down the line I see her and Mary giving each other a big hug and saying, 'Let's do this one more time.' The older you get as you look back, whatever happened in those bygone days is forgotten - usually. Why not? I kind of feel that might be coming up. I think they might do one big concert or it could be a residency in Las Vegas or somewhere like for a week or so. It's very possible, I just see that happening and it would be great."

Duke - who is currently on tour in the UK with his group and The Temptations - is convinced that Diana, 70, is ready to bury the hatchet with 70-year-old Mary and knows she is ready to perform because she regularly performs, describing her concerts as "fantastic".

Temptations star Otis Williams is also hopeful for a reunion and insists the 'Baby Love' hitmaker is in a position where she can play just to cement her amazing legacy.

Otis, 72, said: "Oh Mother Supreme, as I call her, is still playing. She's in a unique position where she can keep playing and work when she wants to work."

Mary turned down the chance for a reunion tour as The Supremes in 2000 after she discovered Diana was offered $15 million to do it, whilst she was offered $4 million and Cindy less than $1 million.

The last time Diana and Mary appeared on stage together was on the 'Motown 25: Yesterday, Today, Forever' TV special in 1983.

The Temptations and The Four Tops - joined by special guests The Platters and Freda Payne - are playing concerts across Britain this week, including Manchester Arena tonight (02.04.14) and The O2 in London on Thursday (03.04.14).

The Four Tops and The Temptations

A double-bill of Motown veterans. Few of the original members survive (with The Temptations alone having had at least 20 different members pass through their ranks over the years), but the songs – from 'Get Ready' to 'Reach Out I'll Be There' – most certainly do.

Birmingham Arena

Thu 22 Nov

£40–£47.50 / 0871 945 6000

Bournemouth International Centre

Wed 28 Nov

Prices to be confirmed / 0844 576 3000

Cliffs Pavilion, Southend-on-Sea

Mon 26 Nov

Prices to be confirmed / 01702 351135

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1. Craig Paris3 Apr 2014, 9:30pm Report

Well this is one prediction I will take head to. As Duke and Mary have been working together and have been intimate in the past. Although I am concerned anout Cindy as recent reports have been not tooo optomistic. My fingers are crossed!

2. Stephan Olsen4 Apr 2014, 12:05am Report

I sincerely hope that this "reunion" does not happen, as it's a headache that Miss Ross just doesn't need at this point in her life.
If the previous poster's comment is correct about Miss Wilson being intimate with Mr. Fakir, it sounds like Miss Wilson's trying to manipulate others, yet again, to regain the spotlight, as usual, on Miss Ross' coattails.
Miss Ross was not paid 15Million for the RTL Tour. That money, which broke down to 500G per show, was merely seed money, provided by the tour promoters, to cover the tour's expenses, and when the costs exceeded their budget, Miss Ross covered them, herself.
Miss Ross' fee, as co-producer of the event, was whatever was left, following the split of the gate with the promoters.
Concert tour fees are determined by artists' most recent earnings. At the time, Miss Wilson earned between 20G-25G, whereas Miss Ross, reportedly earned over 700G per night, especially for ONO concerts, which the tour was. 4Million was gift to Miss Wilson. If anything, Miss Ross was taking a significant pay cut to honor the group's music.
I really wish that Miss Ross had noted this in her interview with Barbara Walters, as well as FINALLY "called out" Miss Wilson for her decades-long campaign of deception. That would have cleared the air, once and for all, but, of course, the media & others would have still believed Miss Wilson's lies, as believing them makes it far easier for certain Americans to hide their seething resentment of Diana Ross.

3. Carl Jenkins4 Apr 2014, 1:32am Report

I too am concerned about Cindy Birdsong, to the utmost!
I DO pray that this is something that CAN come about as well, tho'. I know that it is 'time' and like Duke Said, and with probable cause TO have said it, it IS time to bury the hatchet, across the board, and stop the mouths of many lions in the process. It IS paramount and It IS TIME for this to happen as much for THE SUPREMES and more, as it was for the recognition of The BEATLES! Diana is still working very ardently, as is Mary who is also hard at work representing the entire USA with the State Department, in Turkey, Ireland, and other countries! They both deserve the respect due to them, and THIS Will DO IT!

4. Raymon Smith28 Sep 2014, 11:00pm Report

Diana does not need to do a tour with Mary Wilson . While it would be great , I have a feeling this may be more manipulation by Mary such as backing out at the last minute.

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