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Florence Ballard

Florence Glenda Chapman was an American singer, a founding member of the popular Motown vocal female group the Supremes. She sang 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 and poverty for three years, she was making an attempt at a musical comeback when she died of a heart attack in February 1976 at the age of 32. Ballard's death was considered by one critic as "one of rock's greatest tragedies". Ballard was posthumously inducted to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of the Supremes in 1988. Florence Glenda Ballard was born in Detroit, Michigan on June 30, 1943 to Lurlee and Jesse Ballard, as the eighth of thirteen children or ninth of fifteen children, her siblings were Bertie, Jesse, Jr. Gilbert, Barbara, Billy, Pat and Roy, her mother was a resident of Mississippi. Her father was born Jesse Lambert in Alabama.

Jesse Ballard left his adoptive parents at 13, soon engaged in an affair with Ballard's mother, only 14, in Rosetta. The Ballards moved to Detroit in 1929. Jesse soon worked at General Motors. Jesse, an amateur musician, helped inspire Florence's interest in singing. Financial difficulties forced the Ballard family to move to different Detroit neighborhoods. Named "Blondie" and "Flo" by family and friends, Ballard attended Northeastern High School and was coached vocally by Abraham Silver. Ballard met future singing partner Mary Wilson during a middle-school talent show and they became friends while attending Northeastern High. From an early age, Ballard aspired to be a singer and agreed to audition for a spot on a sister group of the local Detroit attraction, the Primes, who were managed by Milton Jenkins. After she was accepted, Ballard recruited Mary Wilson to join Jenkins' group. Wilson, in turn, enlisted another neighbor, Diana Ross going by "Diane". Betty McGlown completed the original lineup and Jenkins named them as "The Primettes".

The group performed at talent showcases and at school parties before auditioning for Motown Records in 1960. Berry Gordy, head of Motown, advised the group to graduate from high school before auditioning again. Ballard dropped out of high school though her groupmates graduated. In 1960, Ballard was raped at knifepoint by local high-school basketball player Reggie Harding after leaving a sock hop at Detroit's Graystone Ballroom; the rape occurred in an empty parking lot off Woodward Avenue. Ballard responded by secluding herself in her house refusing to come outside, which worried her groupmates. Weeks Ballard told Wilson and Ross what had happened. Though Ross and Wilson were sympathetic, they were confused because Ballard was considered to be strong-willed and unflappable. Both Wilson and Jesse Green, an early boyfriend of Florence's, had described her as a "generally happy if somewhat mischievous and sassy teenager." Wilson believes that the incident contributed to the more self-destructive aspects of Ballard's adult personality, like cynicism and fear or distrust of others, but the rape was never mentioned again.

In 1960, the Primettes signed a contract with Lu Pine Records, issuing two songs that failed to perform well. During that year, they kept pursuing a Motown contract and agreed to do anything, required, including adding handclaps and vocal backgrounds. By the end of the year, Berry Gordy agreed to have the group record songs in the studio. In January 1961, Gordy agreed to sign them on the condition they change their name. Janie Bradford approached Ballard with a list of names to choose from before Ballard chose "Supremes"; when the other members heard of the new name, they were not pleased. Diana Ross feared. Gordy agreed to sign them under that name on January 15, 1961; the group struggled in their early years with the label, releasing eight singles that failed to crack the Billboard Hot 100, giving them the nickname "no-hit Supremes". One track, "Buttered Popcorn", led by Ballard, was a regional hit in the Midwest, but still failed to chart. During a 1962 Motortown Revue tour, Ballard replaced the Marvelettes' Wanda Young while she was on maternity leave.

Before the release of their 1962 debut album, Meet the Supremes, Barbara Martin, who had replaced Betty McGlown a year before they signed to Motown, left the group. Ballard and Wilson remained a trio. After the hit success of 1963's "When the Love Light Starts Shining Through His Eyes", Diana Ross became the group's lead singer. In the spring of 1964, the group released "Where Did Our Love Go", which became their first number-one hit on the Billboard Hot 100, paving the way for ten number-one hits recorded by Ross and Wilson between 1964 and 1967. After many rehearsals with Cholly Atkins and Maurice King, the Supremes' live shows improved as well. During this time, Ballard sang lead on several songs on Supremes' albums, including a cover of Sam Cooke's " Good News". During live shows, Ballard performed the Barbra Streisand standard, "People". According to Mary Wilson, Ballard's vocals were so loud she was made to stand 17 feet away from her microphone during r

I/III / II/III / III/III

I/III / II/III / III/III is a limited edition set of three 7″ vinyl records by post-hardcore band Poison the Well. The collection features three EPs released both physically and digitally that contain songs written and recorded for the band's fourth studio album, but were never released; the three EPs were released throughout the recording process of Poison the Well's following studio album, The Tropic Rot, released on July 7, 2009. During the recording sessions for Poison the Well's fourth studio album, the band recorded more than enough songs than were necessary for one full album. After the release of Versions, Poison the Well had considered releasing the extra songs in a special way, however nothing had materialized until late 2008 when the band came up with the idea of a limited edition pressing on vinyl; the EPs in the series were released over the recording period of their fifth studio album to be known as The Tropic Rot. All songs from I/III / II/III / III/III were made available as bonus tracks on digital retail versions of The Tropic Rot.

Each release in the series contains two tracks, could be obtained both physically in the form of a 7″ vinyl record or digitally from online digital retail stores. Physical copies could only be purchased from online webstores for mail order. Physical copies are limited; the cover art of the three individual releases can combine to create a larger image altogether. A secret message is revealed. In a limited run of 2,000 copies, all three EPs were released on one CD containing all six songs; the CD was released as a Record Store Day exclusive, could only be obtained at participating independent record stores across the United States. All songs were written by Poison the Well; the limited edition CD features all six songs in this order. "New Fast" – 2:11 "Purple Sabbath" – 4:52 "Shuffle" – 3:20 "Bowie" – 4:40 "A#No.1" – 2:35 "Run Desire Gone Clean" – 1:02 Poison the Well Jeff Moreira – vocals Ryan Primack – guitar Chris Hornbrookdrums Jason Boyer – guitar Ben Brown – bassProduction and art Produced by Pelle Henricsson and Eskil Louström Mixed and mastered by Pelle Henricsson and Tonteknik Layout by Brad Clifford Ferret Music – Official Website

Dimitry Bertaud

Dimitry Bertaud is a French professional footballer who plays as a goalkeeper for French Ligue 1 club Montpellier HSC. A youth product of Montpellier HSC, Bertrand signed his first professional contract with the club on 12 June 2017. Bertaud made his professional debut for Montpellier in a 2–0 Coupe de la Ligue win over En Avant de Guingamp on 24 October 2017. Bertaud is a youth international for France, represented them at the 2017 Toulon Tournament. Montpellier Coupe Gambardella: 2017 Dimitry Bertaud at Soccerway Dimitry Bertaud at the French Football Federation Dimitry Bertaud – French league stats at LFP MHSC Foot Profile