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The Story of the Supremes
8. 8. Disintegration
The band (pictured here meeting Princess Anne) began to disintegrate, despite two new number ones. Ballard began to arrive at shows too drunk to perform, or simply wouldn't show up at all. Gordy started to filter in replacements for Ballard, but asked her to quit of her own accord. Despite Ballard making an effort to sober up and slim down, she discovered a fourth member was being trained to replace her. Ballard got so drunk she flashed her stomach on stage and shocked the world.