She is the only female artist to have number one singles as a solo artist; as the other half of a duet (Lionel Richie); as a member of a trio; and as an ensemble member (We are the World-USA for Africa). In 1976, Ross was named the "Female Entertainer of the Century" by Billboard magazine. In 1993, the Guinness Book of World Records declared her the most successful female music artist in history, due to her success in the United States and United Kingdom for having more hits than any female artist in the charts, with a career total of 70 hit singles with her work with the Supremes and as a solo artist. She had a top 10 UK hit in every one of the last five decades, and sang lead on a top 75 hit single at least once every year from 1964 to 1996 in the UK, a period of 33 consecutive years and a record for any performer.
Thats just a snippet of her Wikipedia… Diana Ross is an international icon. Ross rose to fame as the lead singer of the vocal group, The Supremes, who during 1960s became Motown’s most successful act and are the best charting female group in US history, as well as one of the world’s best selling girl group of all time!
Okay there’s a lot to unpack. This is more like a docu-series than a youtube channel I think. I personally was obsessed with Ross as a teenager, I still am. She stared in the Wiz and the film “Lady Sings The Blues” in 1972 that are two of my favorite films. The soundtrack Lady Sings the Blues became a number one hit and the reason I was suspended sophomore year in high school. I got caught listening to this album during math class. Pretty punk lol
Diana Ross is classic music industry history, drama, and secrets!
Though she herself denies it, she’s is credited with discovering The Jackson 5. Major Stuff. There’s too much so I’ll just give some interesting facts. She actually went to school to become a fashion designer and graduated from Cass Tech in 1962. Ross also worked at Hudson's Department Store where it has been claimed in biographies, she was the first black employee "allowed outside the kitchen".
At fifteen, Ross joined the Primettes, a sister group of a male vocal group called the Primes, before the Supremes.
Gordy renamed the group Diana Ross & the Supremes, making it easier to charge a larger performance fee for a solo star and a backing group, as it did for other renamed Motown groups. If you don’t know who “Gordy” is… then google MOTOWN..
Smokey Robinson was a neighbor! She got booed at a funeral, A Supremes reunion didn’t go very well..She was supposed to star in the movie The Bodyguard. She performed for nearly a half a million people in Central Park.
Ross and Cher were friends until she stole Cher’s boyfriend Gene Simmons! The bass guitarist and singer from the band kiss. Ross and Simmons dated from 1980 to 1983. She has been nominated for 12 Grammy awards but never won until 2012. She received a Lifetime Achievement Award.
Not many artists can claim a career that spans six decades, but singer Diana Ross can. She is music royalty! She is Royalty!
Would Michelle Obama sell out stadiums if Diana Ross hadn’t been there first? Would Beyonce? Oprah Winfrey once said Diana Ross ‘was magical to me because I had never seen black women on television, or anywhere for that matter. Who conveyed such glamour and such grace.” Diana Ross is historic. I remember being in awe of her. Her humor, smile, and confidence, have always been magnetic to me. On the album Lady Sings the Blues she stops a song mid way to start again and I remember thinking to myself.. The coolest woman in the world.