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 Betty <I>McGlown</I> Travis

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Betty McGlown Travis

  • Birth 30 Jan 1941 Detroit, Wayne County, Michigan, USA
  • Death 12 Jan 2008 Royal Oak, Oakland County, Michigan, USA
  • Burial Unknown
  • Memorial ID 35106777

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She was an American singer, a member of The Primettes, later to be known as The Supremes. (Her singing partners were Diana Diane Ross Mary Wilson and Florence Ballard.)
In 1959, a teenage Betty McGlown was dating Paul Williams of The Primes (later to be known as The Temptations). Being a singer, McGlown is sometimes referred to as the first Primette, a quartet that would become the sister group of The Primes. A husky voiced Florence Ballard was already singing at venues with the Primes, so it was decided that a group would be formed around the girls. Ballard asked Mary Wilson who recruited Diana Ross to join the group with her.

Along with their guitarist, Marvin Tarplin, the girls performed for Berry Gordy Jr. who, although was impressed, told them they were too young for the business and encouraged them to finish school. On Lupine Records, McGlown sang backing vocals for Mary Wilson on "Pretty Baby" and backing vocals for Diana Ross on "Tears of Sorrow." These became the only known recordings of McGlown, although her voice does not stand out by itself in either song. McGlown eventually became Mrs. Betty Travis and left the Primettes in 1960 to concentrate on her new marriage. She was replaced by Barbara Martin the same year. Betty McGlown Travis passed away on January 12, 2008 at Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak, Michigan. At the age of 66. I do not know the 'official' cause of death, but I believe it was the result of complications from diabetes, as she had been in and out of the hospital for sometime.


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  • Created by: Jim Ditton
  • Added: 25 Mar 2009
  • Find A Grave Memorial 35106777
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Betty McGlown Travis (30 Jan 1941–12 Jan 2008), Find A Grave Memorial no. 35106777, ; Maintained by Jim Ditton (contributor 46569765) Unknown.