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"Green Light" is an R&B-funk song written by Beyoncé Knowles, Sean Garrett, and Pharrell Williams for Beyoncé's second solo studio album, B'Day (2006). Co-produced by The Neptunes and Beyoncé, it was released as the fifth UK single on July 30, 2007. The song received mixed responses from contemporary critics.

The single performed moderately on charts. "Green Light" peaked on the UK Singles Chart at number 12 and at number 46 in Ireland. The Freemasons remix of the track peaked at number 18 on the Dutch Top 40 chart. Its accompanying music video is inspired by Robert Palmer's 1985 music video "Addicted to Love". Beyoncé considered the video her toughest shoot, and features her all-female tour band Suga Mama for the second time.

After filming Dreamgirls in which Beyoncé landed a major role, she went on a month-long vacation. While in the break, she went to the studio to start working on her second solo album, B'Day.[2] She was inspired by her role and she "had so many things bottled up, so many emotions, so many ideas".[2] Beyoncé contacted American singer-songwriter Sean Garrett, who had worked with her in Destiny's Child and on her 2006 single "Check On It".[3] Together with Pharrell Williams, who had also previously collaborated with Beyoncé, Garrett was booked to Sony Music Studios in New York City, each had studio to work in.[3] The track was co-produced by Beyoncé and The Neptunes, along with "Kitty Kat", and was recorded by Jim Caruana and mixed by Jason Goldstein at the same studio.

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Patti LaBelle
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Picture Notes: Rhythm and blues musician Patti LaBelle singing at the memorial service for Space Shuttle Columbia. At the Feb. 6 memorial service for Columbia, Patti Labelle sang "Way Up There", a song commissioned by the NASA Art Program to celebrate the Centennial of Flight in 2003. The song was written by Tena R. Clark.

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The Supremes were a successful American female singing trio. Active from 1959 until 1977, the Supremes performed, at various times, doo-wop, pop, soul, Broadway show tunes, and disco.

One of Motown Records' signature acts, The Supremes were the most successful African American musical act of the 1960s,[4] recording twelve American number-one hits between 1964 and 1969.[4] Many of these singles were written and produced by Motown's main songwriting and production team, Holland-Dozier-Holland. The crossover success of the Supremes during the mid-1960s paved the way for future black soul and R&B acts to gain mainstream audiences both in the United States and overseas.

Founded in Detroit, Michigan in 1959, The Supremes began as a quartet called The Primettes. Founding members Florence Ballard, Mary Wilson, Diana Ross and Betty McGlown, all from the Brewster-Douglass public housing project in Detroit,[5] were the sister act to The Primes (later known as The Temptations).[5] In 1960, Barbara Martin replaced McGlown, and the group signed with Motown in 1961 as The Supremes. Martin left in early 1962, and Ross, Ballard and Wilson carried on as a trio. Achieving success in the mid-1960s with Ross as lead singer, Motown president Berry Gordy renamed the group Diana Ross & the Supremes in 1967 and replaced Ballard with Cindy Birdsong. Ross left the group for a successful solo career in 1970 and was replaced by Jean Terrell. After 1972, the lineup of the Supremes changed frequently, with Lynda Laurence, Scherrie Payne and Susaye Greene all becoming members before the group ended its eighteen-year existence in 1977.

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  1. ^ Palmer, Robert (1981-05-21). Deep Blues: A Musical and Cultural History of the Mississippi Delta. Viking Adult. ISBN 978-0670495115. 
  2. ^ a b Reid, Shaheem. "Be All You Can, B". MTV. MTV Network. Retrieved 2008-02-11. 
  3. ^ a b Conniff, Tamara (June 16, 2006). "Beyoncé Builds Buzz For 'B-Day'". Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. Retrieved 2008-02-11. 
  4. ^ a b Unterberger, Richie (2005). The Supremes. In All Music Guide. Ann Arbor, MI: All Media Guide.
  5. ^ a b Wilson, Mary and Romanowski, Patricia (1986). Pg. 29–36.
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