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Legendary Women Of Detroit: Diana Ross

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Legendary Women Of Detroit: Diana Ross

For Women’s History Month, we’re celebrate the legendary Diana Ross.

Diana Ross, born and raised in Detroit, is a Motown legend. An aspiring fashion designer who then made the switch to becoming Motown’s leading act in the 1960s when she joined the Supreme’s one of the world’s best selling woman-led music groups. The legendary Mary Wilson of the trio, has, unfortunately, recently passed, and we recently wrote about her legacy as a part of Detroit’s vibrant and talented scene.

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Diana Ross’ legacy is evident in the number amount of times she has been featured in the Billboard Top 100 chart. From 1955 to 2018, she ranked among the Top 5 artists when combining her hits from her solo career and her songs with the Supremes. She also had a top 10 UK hit in every one of the last five decades, and is the first female artist to have number-one singles in a variety of different categories (solo artist, duet, part of an ensemble, and member of a trio). Billboard even named her the “Female Entertainer of the Century” in 1976.

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Diana Ross was not only an extremely talented and acclaimed musician. She was also a Golden Globe-winning and Academy Award-nominated actress for her performance as Billie Holiday in the film, Lady Sings the Blues. She performed in other films as well, such as Mahogany, The Wiz, and Out of Darkness. Throughout her carer, Ross also achieved other accolades such as receiving a star on the Walk of Fame and being credited for the discovery of the Jackson 5.

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Ross’ beginnings came when she joined the Primettes’ the female version of the popular male vocalists group at the time, the Primes. After competing in a talent competition, the trio was signed to Motown, where they began to top the charts with single after single. Ross, the lead singer, ventured off onto her own eight years later for a solo career. A year later, she reached the top of the charts with her song, “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough.” She’s recently announced the recording of 14 new songs to be released, so we can’t wait to hear new music from the legend herself.

 

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