Black History : Florence Ballard
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Florence Ballard Chapman (born Florence Glenda Ballard, June 30, 1943 – February 22, 1976) was an American vocalist, one of the founding members of the popular Motown vocal group the Supremes. Ballard sang on sixteen top forty singles with the group, including ten number-one hits.
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. Ballard struggled with alcoholism, depression, and poverty for three years. She was making an attempt at a musical comeback when she died of cardiac arrest in February 1976 at age 32.Ballard's death was considered by one critic as "one of rock's greatest tragedies".
Ballard was posthumously inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of the Supremes in 1988.