"Girl Groups" of the ‘50s and ‘60s are putting their stamp on music industry,
literally. Commemorative stamps will pay tribute to 12 of the infamous “Girl
Groups,” and will be unveiled in a ceremony at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
and Museum on August 22.
The event, spearheaded by original Supreme Mary Wilson, will feature more than
20 of the members of the legendary groups being honored: The Angels, The
Chantels, The Cookies, The Crystals, The Dixie Cups, Martha Reeves and the
Vandellas, The Marvellettes, Patti LaBelle and the Bluebelles, The Ronettes, The
Shirelles, The Velvelettes, and, of course, The Supremes.
The ceremony will be a featured part of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and
Museum’s year-long celebration of the 50th Anniversary of Rock and Roll.
The stamps will not only be available to fans and collectors in the US, but will also
be issued in Nelvis, Ghana, Liberia, the Commonwealth of Dominica, St. Vincent,
and the Grenadines. This is in large part due to the involvement of the
Inter-Governmental Philatelic Corporation (IGPC), which has worked with over
75 foreign governments in organizing their postal administrations since 1957.
A portion of the proceeds from the stamps sold in the United States will be
donated to The Florence Ballard Estate, her three daughters and ten grandchildren
being the beneficiaries. Ballard was a member of the original Supremes.