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Supremely Superficial

February 07, 1988

How disappointing that no one other than the very superficial Little Richard could have been found to pay tribute to the Supremes during the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremonies ("Surprise: Speeches Highlight Rock 'n' Roll Show," by Robert Hilburn, Jan. 31).

Was there no one to mention the fact that the Supremes' universal popularity in the '60s inspired so many young blacks to transcend boundaries of segregation with good old-fashioned hard work and determination?

Not to mention the fact that the Supremes racked up more No. 1 singles than any other American group in the history of popular music. And they still hold that distinction today.

But while other speech makers spoke of their idols with great articulation and sensitivity, the best Little Richard had to offer about the Supremes was the condescending revelation that he shared their taste in sequins, beads and wigs!

I think the girls, their fans, and rock 'n' roll history, for that matter, deserved better.

J. RANDY TARABORRELLI

Hollywood

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