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Supremes leader

An original member of the Supremes, the definitive female singing group of the 1960s, Mary Wilson never received the accolades nor reaped the cash benefits and corresponding diva lifestyle claimed by her fellow Supreme Diana Ross. But today, it is Wilson who is keeping the spirit of the group's music alive as she makes her way through her 60s touring and performing a host of classics, standards and Supremes hits.

Wilson and her reconstituted Supremes perform, along with the equally legendary Martha Reeves and the Vandellas, inside Seneca Niagara Casino's Bear's Den beginning at 9 this evening.

Expect to hear Wilson and her fine band tackle tunes as diverse as Billy Joel's "New York State of Mind" and Eric Clapton's "Tears in Heaven" -- the song that Wilson says helped her get over the grief induced by the death of her son. Of course, there will also be the requisite Supremes hits, but Wilson reaches far and wide for her material, and has recently performed pieces from Broadway shows, as well as an ovation-raising version of Joni Mitchell's transcendent "Both Sides Now."

Tickets for Mary Wilson and the Supremes with Martha Reeves and the Vandellas are priced $40 and can be purchased at the Seneca Niagara casino store or through Ticketmaster at 852-5000.

-- Jeff Miers

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