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Florence Glenda Chapman (née Ballard; June 30, 1943 – February 22, 1976) was an American singer.
Ballard was the founding member of the popular Motown vocal female group the Supremes.
During a 1962 Motortown Revue tour, Ballard briefly replaced the Marvelettes' Wanda Young while she was on maternity leave.
After being removed from the Supremes in 1967, Ballard tried an unsuccessful solo career with ABC Records before she was dropped from the label at the end of the decade.
Diana Ross feared they would be mistaken for a male vocal group.
Eventually Gordy agreed to sign them under that name on January 15, 1961.
Ballard expressed dissatisfaction with the group's direction throughout its successful period.
She would also claim that their schedule had forced the group members to drift apart.