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Music Storytellers - DIANA ROSS
Music Storytellers - DIANA ROSS Photo

ALBUMS:
1970 Diana Ross
  Everything Is Everything
1971 Surrender
1973 Touch Me in the Morning
  Diana & Marvin (with Marvin Gaye)
  Last Time I Saw Him
1976 Diana Ross
1977 Baby It's Me
1978 Ross
1979 The Boss
1980 diana
1981 Why Do Fools Fall in Love
1982 Silk Electric
1983 Ross
1984 Swept Away
1985 Eaten Alive
1987 Red Hot Rhythm & Blues
1989 Workin' Overtime
1991 The Force Behind the Power
1994 A Very Special Season
1995 Take Me Higher
1999 Every Day Is a New Day
2006 Blue
  I Love You

Diana Ross - 

As a solo artist, Diana Ross is one of the most successful female singers of the rock era. If you factor in her work as the lead singer of the Supremes in the 1960s, she may be the most successful. With her friends Mary WilsonFlorence Ballard, and Barbara MartinRoss formed the Primettes vocal quartet in 1959. In 1960, they were signed to local Motown Records, changing their name to the Supremes in 1961. Martin then left, and the group continued as a trio. Over the next eight years, the Supremes (renamed "Diana Ross and the Supremes" in 1967, when Cindy Birdsong replaced Ballard) scored 12 number one pop hits. After the last one, "Someday We'll Be Together" (October 1969), Ross launched a solo career.

Motown initially paired her with writer/producers Nickolas Ashford and Valerie Simpson, who gave her four Top 40 pop hits, including the number one "Ain't No Mountain High Enough" (July 1970). Ross branched out into acting, starring in a film biography of Billie Holiday, Lady Sings the Blues (November 1972). The soundtrack went to number one, and Ross was nominated for an Academy Award.
She returned to record-making with the Top Ten album Touch Me in the Morning (June 1973) and its chart-topping title song. This was followed by a duet album with Marvin GayeDiana & Marvin (October 1973), that produced three chart hits. Ross acted in her second movie, Mahogany (October 1975), and it brought her another chart-topping single in the theme song, "Do You Know Where You're Going To." That and her next number one, the disco-oriented "Love Hangover" (March 1976), were featured on her second album to be titled simply Diana Ross (February 1976), which rose into the Top Ten.

Ross' third film role came in The Wiz (October 1978). The Boss (May 1979) was a gold-selling album, followed by the platinum-selling Diana (May 1980) (the second of her solo albums with that name, though the other, a 1971 TV soundtrack, had an exclamation mark). It featured the number one single "Upside Down" and the Top Ten hit "I'm Coming Out."
Ross scored a third Top Ten hit in 1980 singing the title theme from the movie It's My Turn. She then scored the biggest hit of her career with another movie theme, duetting with Lionel Richie on "Endless Love" (June 1981). It was her last big hit on Motown; after more than 20 years, she decamped for RCA. She was rewarded immediately with a million-selling album, titled after her remake of the old Frankie Lymon and the Teenagers hit, "Why Do Fools Fall in Love," which became her next Top Ten hit. The album also included the Top Ten hit "Mirror, Mirror."

Silk Electric (October 1982) was a gold-seller, featuring the Top Ten hit "Muscles," written and produced by Michael Jackson, and Swept Away (September 1984) was another successful album, containing the hit "Missing You," but Ross had trouble selling records in the second half of the 1980s. By 1989, she had returned to Motown, and by 1993 was turning more to pop standards, notably on the concert album Diana Ross Live: The Lady Sings...Jazz & Blues, Stolen Moments (April 1993).
Motown released a four-CD/cassette box set retrospective, Forever Diana, in October 1993, and the singer published her autobiography in 1994. Take Me Higher followed a year later, and in 1999 she returned with Every Day Is a New Day. 2000's Gift of Love was promoted by a concert tour featuring the Supremes, although neither Mary Wilson nor Cindy Birdsong appeared -- their roles were instead assumed by singers Lynda Laurence and Scherrie Payne, neither of whom had ever performed with Ross during the group's glory days. In 2006 Motown finally released Ross' lost album Blue, a collection of standards originally intended as the follow-up to Lady Sings the Blues. The album I Love You from 2007 featured new interpretations of familiar love songs. That same year the cable television network BET honored Ross with their Lifetime Achievement Award.
http://www.allmusic.com/artist/diana-ross-mn0000594665
| Closed on 03/29/13 at 05:00PM
FanIQ Pts? No | Locker Room, Music | Multiple Choice Opinion Poll
11 Fans 
18%a. 10 (Great Artist)
55%b. 7-9 (Liked most of her stiff)
18%c. 5-6 (She was Ok)
9%d. 1-4 (No Interest / Never heard of her)
0%e. My ears are bleeding!

  
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#1 | 582 days ago

The sultry sound of Motown but her diva ways sheds a shadow on her personality, I remember her free concert in the rain @ Central Park while i was on leave in 1983. The woman does have a voice but she must remember she may have been the face of the Supremes but she wasnt alone.


Good choice  yes
7-9 (Liked most of her stiff)  
#2 | 582 days ago

I was originally going to give her a 7-9, but when reviewing the songs, I realized that she was a great artist. 
10 (Great Artist)  
#3 | 582 days ago

(Edited by kobe_lova)
"Liked most of her stiff"...  heh
5-6 (She was Ok)  
#4 | 582 days ago

Diana Ross is a great artist...love her voice, especially when she sings with the men.

I like most of her songs !                                                                yes
10 (Great Artist)  
#5 | 580 days ago

Lil Kim has always found her to be helpful
1-4 (No Interest / Never heard of her)  
#6 | 577 days ago

Oh, I was distracted by the typo and never answered the poll. I haven't heard most of her songs. I liked her diva-ness more than anything. She was a good artist, though.
5-6 (She was Ok)  
#7 | 577 days ago
Nick__ (+)

kobe_lova wrote:
Oh, I was distracted by the typo and never answered the poll. I haven't heard most of her songs. I liked her diva-ness more than anything. She was a good artist, though.
Well, did you like most of her STIFF or what?!?!
5-6 (She was Ok)  

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