Diana Ross (b. March 26, 1944) is a highly acclaimed R&B/pop singer, songwriter, and record producer who first became famous during the mid 1960s as the lead singer of The Supremes. In addition to her long and stellar career in music, both as a solo artist and as a member of The Supremes, she is also an award-winning actress whose many credits include the movie blockbusters, "Lady Sings The Blues" (1972) and "Mahogany" (1975), in which she both co-starred and performed.
Born Diana Ernestine Earle Ross in Detroit, she began her career at age 15 as a member of The Primettes, a female vocal group that also initially consisted of Florence Ballard, Mary Wilson, and Betty McGlown that would later come to be known as The Supremes. Motown signed the group under this new name in 1961, and in 1963, The Supremes scored their first Top 40 hit with "When The Lovelight Starts Shining Through His Eyes." By the end of that year, Motown founder Berry Gordy had named Ross as the group's official lead singer, and The Supremes went on to become one of the top acts of the 1960s. Ross then left The Supremes in 1970 to pursue a solo career and released her eponymous debut solo album later that year.
Ross made her solo debut on both the R&B and Pop/Rock charts in 1970 with the soulful, gospel-infused ballad, "Reach Out And Touch (Somebody's Hand)." She topped both charts later that year with the impassioned "Ain't No Mountain High Enough" which earned Ross her first of many Grammy nominations. Her long string of hits also includes "Remember Me" (1970), "Touch Me In The Morning" (1973), "Last Time I Saw Him" (1973), "You're A Special Part Of Me" (1973, with Marvin Gaye), "My Mistake (Was To Love You)" (1974, with Marvin Gaye), "Theme From Mahogany (Do You Know Where You're Going To)" (1975), "Love Hangover" (1976), "Upside Down" (1980), "I'm Coming Out" (1980), "It's My Turn" (1980), "Endless Love" (1981, with Lionel Richie), "Why Do Fools Fall In Love" (1981), "Mirror Mirror" (1982), and "Missing You" (1984).
Ross's numerous awards and accolades include being the recipient of the Kennedy Center Honors in 2007, the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2012, and the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2016. She was twice named the "Female Entertainer of the Century" by Billboard Magazine (in 1976 and 1996), and in 1993, she was declared the most successful female music artist in history by the Guinness Book of World Records. Her many honors as a member of The Supremes include being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1988, the Vocal Group Hall of Fame in 1998, and the Grammy Hall of Fame in 1999 and 2001 (for "Where Did Our Love Go" and "Stop! In the Name of Love," respectively). Ross is also one of very few celebrities to have two stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame: one as a solo performing artist (1982) and the other as a member of The Supremes (1994).
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- Diana Ross looks back on her career and life in an interview with Rolling Stone from 1997.
- Diana Ross reveals her all-time personal favorite song to perform in an interview with the LA Times from 2017.
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Diana Ross And Marvin Gaye
- Ain't No Mountain High Enough 1970
(This song topped the charts and was previously a hit for Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell (1967).)
- Reach Out And Touch (Somebody's Hand) 1970
- Reach Out I'll Be There 1971
(This song was previously a hit for the Four Tops (1966) and Merrilee Rush (1968) and later also became a hit for Gloria Gaynor (1975) and Michael Bolton (1992).)
- Remember Me 1970
- Surrender 1971
- Touch Me In The Morning 1973
(This song topped both the Adult Contemporary and Pop/Rock charts.)
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