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Florence Ballard
(American Musician)

Date of Birth:
June 30, 1943

Date of Death:
February 22, 1976


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Florence Glenda Ballard Chapman, nicknamed "Flo" or "Blondie", was one of the original members of The Supremes.

By mid 1967, Ballard's and her band mate Mary Wilson's importance lessened as Supremes as Diana Ross was spotlighted. Ballard suffered from chronic depression and alcoholism, leading to her dismissal from the Supremes in July 1967 and replacement by Cindy Birdsong. After an unsuccessful attempt at a solo career in the late 1960s, Ballard spent much of the last five years of her life in relative poverty before dying in 1976 at the age of thirty-two. Ballard has been referred to by music journalist Richie Unterberger as "one of rock's greatest tragedies".

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