Scherrie Payne (born November 4, 1944, in Detroit, Michigan) is an American singer. The younger sister of singer Freda Payne, Scherrie was the co-lead singer of The Supremes from 1973 to 1977, after Jean Terrell left the group in the fall of 1973. Because of her powerful voice and petite stature (5′ 2″), she is sometimes referred to as “the little lady with the big voice.”
Joyce Vincent Wilson (born December 14, 1946 in Detroit, Michigan) is an American singer, most famous as part of the group Tony Orlando and Dawn.
Orlando released the singles “Candida” and “Knock Three Times”, recorded with session vocalists Linda November and Toni Wine backing him, under the name Dawn; when the singles charted, Orlando found himself needing to assemble an actual backing group to tour and record with. Wilson and Telma Hopkins became the fully embodied Dawn. The popular 1970s group later had their own successful television program (Tony Orlando and Dawn), and Wilson was featured on hit singles like “He Don’t Love You (Like I Love You)”, “Tie a Yellow Ribbon Round the Ole Oak Tree” and “Mornin’ Beautiful”. Wilson continues singing, usually with her sister Pamela Vincent.
Wilson was offered a chance to replace original Supremes member Mary Wilson in the Supremes, with members Scherrie Payne and Susaye Greene, before Motown determined that the group should not continue without any original members. Wilson sang as a backing vocalist on Payne and Greene’s duet album Partners in 1979, which was originally conceived as a Supremes album.
A friend of Payne, Wilson has also provided backing vocals during her solo concerts. In 2006, Wilson and her sister Pamela Vincent provided backing vocals at the twentieth anniversary concert of the Former Ladies of the Supremes. In January 2007, both Wilson and Vincent provided backing vocals for Payne at a concert in Los Angeles, California.
In April 2007, Wilson stepped in as a last-minute replacement for Freddi Poole, who was unable to join her group the Former Ladies of the Supremes, on a tour of Japan. In June 2008, Wilson stepped in to replace Lynda Lawrence on a tour of England.
In September 2009, Wilson replaced Freddie Poole as a member of the Former Ladies of the Supremes, which is now billed as Scherrie Payne and Lynda Laurence.
Wilson and Vincent also perform with the “Inspirational Voices of Free” choir.
Wilson and Vincent are also members of the group Tour de 4Force. This 5-piece group includes Jim Gilstrap, Theresa Davis and former Supreme Scherrie Payne.