7. The Sparks of Dissent
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The Story of the Supremes
7. 7. The Sparks of Dissent
In early 1967, Gordy changed the name of the group to The Supremes with Diana Ross, before changing it again to Diana Ross and the Supremes. Gordy maintained the name change was financial: bookers paid for two acts rather than one. However, it created tensions between founding member Ballard (below slide) and Ross (on top of slide). Ballard felt sidelined and began to drink heavily and gained weight, so that she no longer fit into her stage outfits.