Today is a very special day. The legendary African-American pop/soul singer and actress Diana Ross celebrates her 70th birthday!
For Diana Ross fans like me there are really no words to capture her greatness as an artist, but I could try: The ultimate entertainer, the supreme diva, the queen of Motown. One thing is for sure: Legendary doesn’t quite cover what she means for us fans!
Diana Ross was born on March 26, 1944 in Detroit and shoot to fame in the 1960s as the lead singer of the Motown girl group The Supremes. Motown’s boss (and Diana’s lover) Berry Gordy saw the star quality in Diana and made her the lead vocalist of the group, and in 1967 the group was renamed Diana Ross & the Supremes. To this date Diana Ross & the Supremes is the most successful girl group ever.
Diana left the group in 1970 to pursue her solo career. After a string of hits in the 1960s with The Supremes, she continued to have a number of hits in the 1970s, 1980s and even in the 1990s. Her live shows and TV appearances, especially in the 1970s and 1980s, are legendary. Diana also pursued a movie career with movies such as Lady Sings the Blues and Mahogany.
And Ross is still performing! In the last decade Ross hasn’t recorded any new albums but she’s constantly on tour the world over singing her hits spanning her 5o year career from the early 1960s to this century!
Diana Ross didn’t sing together with Pavarotti, but on March 18, 1984 Ross and Pavarotti joined forces with Frank Sinatra and Montserrat Caballé at New York’s Radio City Music Hall in a benefit concert for cancer research. The picture is taken before their performances. Wow! Talk about music royalty! :)
To celebrate the most successful female artist ever and her 70th birthday I’ve chosen three music videos. The first two videos are from some fabulous shows in the 1970s. The first video starts with a very moving monologue before she starts singing and the second video contains some good old fashion diva behaviour and a medley of Supremes hits. The third video is one of her last hits from around the turn of the century entitled Not Over You Yet.
What more is there to say? So much more. I’m Not Over You Yet, Diana Ross!
Happy birthday Diana Ross! You are truly supreme!
This post was originally published 26-03-2014. Last revision 26-03-2014.