“Baldassare (Barney) Ales, a key executive at Motown Records during its 1960s heyday and later its president, has died of natural causes April 17 in Malibu, California. He was 85.”
At one of my first gigs with The Supremes, The Royal Hawaiian, in Virginia, when we arrived for rehearsal, the most beautiful bouquet of big yellow roses I had ever seen was in the dressing room for me and the card was from Barney Ales. He had remembered from a passing conversation that yellow roses were my favorite. When I thanked him at the show and asked how he remembered that, he said “I knew your favorite roses were special to you.”
I never forgot that. He was quite a gentleman. May he rest in peace in heaven.
- Susaye Greene