Diana Ross

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Born: Diane Earle in Detroit, MI, USA

Annotation last modified on 2006-02-27 06:26 UTC.

Legal name: Diane Earle


Diana Ross (born March 26, 1944) is an American singer, actress, record producer and an occasional songwriter. Born and raised in Detroit, she rose to fame as a founding member and lead singer of the vocal group The Supremes, which, during the 1960s, became Motown's most successful act and is to this day America's most successful vocal group as well as one of the world's best-selling girl groups of all time. As part of the Supremes, Ross most notably rivalled the career of The Beatles in worldwide popularity, and their success made it possible for future African American R&B and soul acts to find mainstream success. The group set a record scoring twelve number-one hit singles on the Billboard Hot 100.

Following her departure from The Supremes in 1970, Ross released her debut solo album, Diana Ross, which contained the hits "Reach Out and Touch (Somebody's Hand)" and the #1 hit "Ain't No Mountain High Enough". She released the album Touch Me in the Morning in 1973. Its title track reached #1 becoming her second solo hit. By 1975, the Mahogany soundtrack included her 3rd number-one hit "Theme from Mahogany (Do You Know Where You're Going To)". Her 1976 album Diana Ross included her fourth #1 hit "Love Hangover". In 1979, Ross released her first gold certified album The Boss. Her 1980 album Diana which reached #2 on the Billboard albums chart and spawned the #1 hit "Upside Down" and the international hit "I'm Coming Out". After leaving Motown, Ross achieved her sixth and final #1 hit with the duet "Endless Love".

Ross also ventured into acting, with a Golden Globe Award and Academy Award nominated performance in Lady Sings the Blues (1972). She also starred in two other feature films, Mahogany (1975) and the cult classic The Wiz (1978); later acting included roles in the television films Out of Darkness (1994) and Double Platinum (1998).

Beside ventures in Broadway, Ross was named the "Female Entertainer of the Century" by Billboard magazine. In 1993, the Guinness Book of World Records declared Ross 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. Ross has sold more than 100 million records worldwide when her releases with the Supremes and as a solo artist are tallied.

In 1988, Ross was inducted to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as member of the Supremes alongside Florence Ballard and Mary Wilson. She is the recipient of the Kennedy Center Honors in 2007 and the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2012.

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Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1996 One Woman: The Ultimate Collection Diana Ross 1
1996 Voice of Love Diana Ross 2
1997 A Gift of Love Diana Ross 1
1997 Greatest Hits: The RCA Years Diana Ross 1
1998 The Greatest Diana Ross 2
1998 The Real Thing Diana Ross 1
1998 The Magic of Diana Ross Diana Ross 1
1999 Chain Reaction Diana Ross 1
1999 Ultimate Diana Diana Ross 1
1999 With Love Diana Ross 1
2000 20th Century Masters: The Millennium Collection: The Best of Diana Ross Diana Ross 1
2000 All the Great Hits Diana Ross 1
2000 Love From... Diana Ross 2
2001 The Motown Anthology Diana Ross 1
2001 Love & Life: The Very Best of Diana Ross Diana Ross 6
2001 Best Ballads Diana Ross 1
2001 King of World Music Diana Ross 1
2001 Les talents du siècle: Diana Ross Diana Ross 4
2001 Megastars Diana Ross 1
2001 The Very Best Of Diana Ross 1
2002 The Very Best Of: Reach Out and Touch Diana Ross 1
2002 Endless Love Diana Ross 1
2003 To Love Again Diana Ross 1
2003 The Ultimate Collection Diana Ross 2
2005 The Best of Diana Ross Diana Ross 1
2006 The Definitive Collection Diana Ross 1
2007 Free Soul: The Classic of Diana Ross Diana Ross 1
2008 Classic: The Universal Master Collection Diana Ross 1
2008 Playlist Your Way Diana Ross 1
2009 The Complete Collection Diana Ross 1
2012 One Woman: The Ultimate Collection Diana Ross 1

Album + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1974 Live at Caesars Palace Diana Ross 4
1977 An Evening With Diana Ross Diana Ross 2
1989 Greatest Hits Live Diana Ross 3 1
1993 Stolen Moments: The Lady Sings... Jazz and Blues Diana Ross 3

Album + Remix

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1994 Diana Extended: The Remixes Diana Ross 4
2004 The Queen in the Mix - Special Edition Diana Ross 1

Album + Soundtrack

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1971 Diana! Diana Ross 2
1972 Lady Sings the Blues Diana Ross 3


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1970 Ain't No Mountain High Enough Diana Ross 1
1973 You Are Everything Diana Ross & Marvin Gaye 1
1978 Ease on Down the Road Diana Ross / Michael Jackson 1
1980 Upside Down Diana Ross 1
1980 I'm Coming Out Diana Ross 1
1980 It's My Turn Diana Ross 1
1981 My Old Piano Diana Ross 1
1988 Love Hangover Diana Ross 1
1988 Mr. Lee Diana Ross 1
1989 Paradise Diana Ross 1
1989 This House Diana Ross 1

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