Diana Ross was a singer and actress signed to Motown.
She was born and raised in Detroit, and rose to fame as a founding member and lead singer of the vocal group The Supremes (renamed as “Diana Ross & The Supremes“). After leading the group through an incredibly successful period, she left in 1970 to pursue an equally-successful solo career. She continued to record and release successful material for Motown throughout the 1970s and into the 1980s, even doing a bit of acting and presenting on the side.
She left Motown in 1981, but returned in 1988 on a new contract (with the condition that she have shares in the company as a part-owner), and continued her successful career into the 1990s.
She became romantically involved with Motown CEO Berry Gordy in the 1960s, has been arrested and gone to rehabilitation on several occasions, has had several “unsuccessful” reunion attempts with former Supremes, has been nominated several times for various acting and music awards, and even been inducted into the Guinness World Book of Records and The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame! (What a life!)
A true legend – as a general idea of the influence she has had, Wikipedia literally lists 21 artists – in a row – that she has influenced, “among others”. She continues to tour even today, and is often rightly honored with the title “The Queen of Motown”.
Marvellous Motown currently recommends seven songs by Diana Ross – click on the link above for our archive or click on a specific song below: