Diana Ross

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Legal name: Diane Earle


Diana Ernestine Earle Ross (born March 26, 1944) is an American singer, songwriter, actress and record producer. 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 rivaled the career of The Beatles in worldwide popularity, and her 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 including the hits "Where Did Our Love Go", "Baby Love", "Come See About Me", "Stop! In the Name of Love", "You Can't Hurry Love", "You Keep Me Hangin' On", "Love Child" and "Someday We'll Be Together".

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 number-one hit "Ain't No Mountain High Enough". She released the album Touch Me in the Morning in 1973. Its title track reached number 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 number-one hit "Love Hangover". In 1979, Ross released the album The Boss. Her 1980 album Diana which reached number 2 on the Billboard albums chart and spawned the number-one hit "Upside Down" and the international hit "I'm Coming Out". After leaving Motown, Ross achieved her sixth and final number-one 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 The Wiz (1978); later acting included roles in the television films Out of Darkness (1994), for which she also was nominated for a Golden Globe Award, and Double Platinum (1999).

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 140 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 Mary Wilson and Florence Ballard. She is the recipient of the Kennedy Center Honors in 2007. She is a 12-time Grammy nominee, later becoming the recipient of her only Grammy Award to date by being honored the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2012.

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1970 Diana Ross (1970 version rereleased as Ain't No Mountain High Enough) Diana Ross 4 6
1970 Everything Is Everything Diana Ross 4
1971 Surrender Diana Ross 2
1971 I'm Still Waiting Surrender Diana Ross 5 2
1973 Diana & Marvin Diana Ross & Marvin Gaye 5 3
1973 Last Time I Saw Him Diana Ross 5 4
1973 Touch Me in the Morning Diana Ross 5 4
1976 Diana Ross (1976 version) Diana Ross 4 4
1977 Baby It's Me Diana Ross 4 2
1978 Ross Diana Ross 5 2
1979 The Boss Diana Ross 5 3
1980 Diana Diana Ross 5 3
1981 Why Do Fools Fall in Love Diana Ross 4 5
1982 Silk Electric Diana Ross 5 5
1983 Ross Diana Ross 5 2
1984 Swept Away Diana Ross 5 3
1985 Eaten Alive Diana Ross 5 7
1986 Diana / The Boss Diana Ross 5 1
1987 Red Hot Rhythm and Blues Diana Ross 4 4
1989 Workin' Overtime Diana Ross 4 3
1991 The Force Behind the Power Diana Ross 5 6
1994 A Very Special Season Diana Ross 3 4
1995 Take Me Higher Diana Ross 5 3
1999 Every Day Is a New Day Diana Ross 5 4
2006 Blue Diana Ross 5 2
2006 I Love You Diana Ross 5 6

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1972 The Best Of Diana Ross Diana Ross 1
1973 Greatest Hits Diana Ross 2
1976 Diana Ross' Greatest Hits Diana Ross 2
1979 20 Golden Hits Diana Ross 1
1981 To Love Again Diana Ross 1
1981 All the Great Hits Diana Ross 2
1982 Diana's Duets Diana Ross 2
1983 Portrait: Her Greatest Hits, Volume 1 Diana Ross 2
1983 Portrait: Her Greatest Hits, Volume 2 Diana Ross 2
1984 14 Greatest Hits Diana Ross 2
1984 All the Great Love Songs Diana Ross 3
1986 Anthology Diana Ross 2
1986 Surrender / Ain't No Mountain High Enough Diana Ross 1
1987 Love Songs Diana Ross and Michael Jackson 3
1987 The Supreme Lady Diana Ross 1
1988 Dance Songs Diana Ross 1
1989 Ain't No Mountain High Enough Diana Ross 1
1990 Wereldsterren: Het beste van Diana Ross Diana Ross 1
1990 I'm Still Waiting & All the Great Hits Diana Ross 1
1992 Motown's Greatest Hits Diana Ross 2
1992 That's Why I Call You My Friend Diana Ross 1
1992 Endless Love Diana Ross 1
1993 Forever Diana Diana Ross 2
1993 One Woman: The Ultimate Collection Diana Ross 2

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