DIANA ROSS FACTS:
Genre: R&B, Soul
Hometown: Detroit, Michigan
Albums: Diana Ross (1970); Everything Is Everything (1970); Surrender (1971); Touch Me in the Morning (1973); Last Time I Saw Him (1973); Diana Ross (1976); Baby It's Me (1977); Ross (1978); The Boss (1979); diana (1980); Why Do Fools Fall in Love (1981); Silk Electric (1982); Ross (1983); Swept Away (1984); Eaten Alive (1985); Red Hot Rhythm & Blues (1987); Workin' Overtime (1989); The Force Behind the Power (1991); Take Me Higher (1995); Every Day Is a New Day (1999); Blue (2006); I Love You (2006);
Awards: Member of Grammy Hall of Fame and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
Hits: "Ain't No Mountain High Enough," "Touch Me in the Morning," "Theme from Mahogany (Do You Know Where You're Going To)," "Love Hangover," "Upside Down," "Endless Love," "Why Do Fools Fall in Love," "Missing You"
Other: Won a Golden Globe and Tony Award for acting, but not a Grammy.
Not many performers have accomplished more than Diana Ross. As an original member of one of the most iconic groups of the 1960s, The Supremes, she became a legend in the music industry, and her fame only grew after she embarked on a solo career. Despite having more than 50 years of performing under belt, Ross continues to be one of the most popular singers around today.
In the early '60s, Ross, along with Mary Wilson and Florence Ballard, began performing together as The Supremes, and by the middle of the decade the trio became one of the most successful acts in Motown history. While the group had 12 number one hits, placing them fifth on the all-time list behind Michael Jackson, the band's record label began to think that Ross' talent was perfect for a solo career. By the end of the decade she began to record on her own.
Ross officially left the band by early 1970, and later that year released her self-titled debut album. The record received a generally warm reception and broke into the top 20 on the Billboard 200 charts. The album was highlighted by Ross' cover of "Ain't No Mountain High Enough," which peaked at number one on the singles charts and earned Ross her first solo Grammy nomination.
Encouraged by the success of her first two albums, Ross began to make the transition into disco by the middle of the '70s. This was no more evident than her 1976 album Ross, which featured the iconic hits "Love Hangover" and "Theme from Mahogany (Do You Know Where You're Going To)," both of which reached number one. During the '70s, Ross also had a successful film career, even earning an Academy Award nomination for her roll as Billie Holiday in the 1972 film Lady Sings the Blues.
The '80s were kind to Ross as well, and after she signed one of the most lucrative deals in recording history, she sang the duet "Endless Love" with Lionel Ritchie, which was an international hit and topped the charts all over the globe.
Throughout the last 20 years, Ross has continued to be a popular figure in the music world. Her most recent album, 2006's I Love You, was her highest charting release since 1984. In the years since she has been a tireless performer, and in 2010 she concluded an extensive summer tour throughout the United States. With a loyal following of fans Ms. Ross will likely continue to perform for years to come.