Guinness Book of World Records recognized 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. She had a top 10 UK hit in every one of the last five decades, and sang lead on a top 75 hit single at least once every year from to in the UK, a period of 33 consecutive years and a record for any performer.
Ross is also one of the few recording artists to have two stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame—one as a solo artist and the other as a member of the Supremes. In Billboard magazine's Greatest of All Time Hot Artists chart, she ranked 16th as the lead singer of the Supremes and 28th as a solo artist. Diana Ross was born in Detroit, Michigan on March 26, Ross's elder sister is American physician Barbara Ross-Lee.
According to Ross, her mother actually named her "Diane", but, a clerical error resulted in her name being recorded as "Diana" on her birth certificate.
She was listed as "Diane" during the first Supremes records, and she introduced herself as "Diane" until early in the group's heyday. Her friends and family still call her "Diane". Ross's grandfather John E. When Ross was seven, her mother contracted tuberculosis, causing her to become seriously ill.
Ross's father moved with his children to live with relatives in Bessemer, Alabama. After her mother recovered, her family moved back to Detroit. On her 14th birthday in , her family relocated to the working-class Brewster-Douglass Housing Projects settling at St. Antoine Street. Attending Cass Technical High School ,  a four-year college and preparatory magnet school , in downtown Detroit , Ross began taking classes including clothing design, millinery, pattern making, and tailoring, as she had aspired to become a fashion designer.
She also took modeling and cosmetology classes at the school and participated in three or four other extracurricular activities while being there. Ross also worked at Hudson's Department Store where it has been claimed in biographies, she was the first black employee "allowed outside the kitchen".
Ross graduated from Cass Tech in January At fifteen, Ross joined the Primettes, a sister group of a male vocal group called the Primes, after being brought to the attention of music manager Milton Jenkins by Primes member Paul Williams.
Following a talent competition win in Windsor, Ontario , in , the Primettes were invited to audition for Motown Records. Later, following local success via live performances at sock hops, etc.
Robinson agreed to bring the Primettes to Motown, in exchange for letting him and the Miracles hire the Primettes' guitarist, Marv Tarplin , for an upcoming tour. Tarplin played in Robinson's band s for the next plus years. In her autobiography, Secrets of a Sparrow , Ross wrote that she felt that deal was "a fair trade".
The Primettes later auditioned for Motown Records , before various Motown executives. He approached the group and asked them to perform it again but, learning of their ages, Gordy advised them to come back after graduating from high school. Undeterred, the group went to Motown's Hitsville U. That year, the group recorded two tracks for Lu Pine Records , with Ross singing lead on one of the tracks. During the group's early years, Ross served as hairstylist, make-up artist, seamstress, and costume designer.
While these songs were regional hits, they were not nationwide successes. In January , Gordy agreed to sign the group on the condition they change their name. Eventually, Janie Bradford approached Florence Ballard, the only group member at the studio at the time, to pick out a new name for the group.
Ballard chose "Supremes", reportedly, because it was the only name on the list that did not end with "ette". Upon hearing the new name, the other members weren't impressed, with Ross telling Ballard she feared the group would be mistaken for a male vocal group a male vocal group was, indeed, named the Supremes.
Gordy signed the group under their name on January 15, A year later, Barbara Martin left the group, reducing the quartet to a trio. At the end of the year, Gordy assigned Ross as the group's lead singer, even though Ballard was usually the lead vocalist.
The group scored their first number-one hit with " Where Did Our Love Go ", paving the way for unprecedented success: between August and May , Ross, Wilson, and Ballard sang on ten number-one hit singles , all of which also made the UK top Gordy initially considered Ross leaving the Supremes for a solo career in but changed his mind because the group's success was still too significant for Ross to pursue solo obligations.
Ross remained with the Supremes until early Gordy, drove Ross diligently throughout this period and Ross, due to anxiety arising from Gordy's demands of her, began suffering from anorexia nervosa , according to her autobiography, Secrets of a Sparrow. During a performance in Boston, Massachusetts, Ross collapsed onstage and had to be hospitalized for exhaustion. In , Ross began to perform as a solo artist on television specials, including the Supremes' own specials such as TCB and G.
In mid, Gordy decided that Ross would depart the group by the end of that year, and Ross began recording her initial solo work that July. One of the first plans for Ross to establish her own solo career was to publicly introduce a new Motown recording act. Though she herself did not claim their discovery, Motown's publicity department credited Ross with having discovered the Jackson 5.
Ross would introduce the group during several public events, including The Hollywood Palace. Ross' presumed first solo recording, "Someday We'll Be Together", was eventually released as a Supremes recording and became the group's final number-one hit on the Hot It was also the final number-one Billboard Hot single of the s. Follow-up albums, Everything Is Everything and Surrender came out shortly afterwards.
Later in , Ross starred in her first solo television special , Diana! In , the soundtrack to her film debut, Lady Sings the Blues , reached number one on the Billboard , selling two million units. In , Ross had her second number-one hit with the ballad " Touch Me in the Morning ". The album became an international hit. Touring throughout , Ross became the first entertainer in Japan's history to receive an invitation to the Imperial Palace for a private audience with the Empress Nagako , wife of Emperor Hirohito.
A year later, in , Ross released her fourth solo number-one hit, " Love Hangover ", a sensual, dramatic mid-tempo song that bursts into an uptempo disco tune.
The tour's success led to a two-week stint at Broadway 's Palace Theatre and a minute, Emmy -nominated television special of the same name, featuring special make-up effects by Stan Winston, for a scene in which Ross portrayed legendary cabaret artist Josephine Baker and blues singers Bessie Smith and Ethel Waters ,  and a Special Tony Award. The albums Baby It's Me and Ross sold modestly.
In , Ross released The Boss , continuing her popularity with dance audiences, as the title song became a number-one dance single. Edwin Starr. Oo Baby Baby. Smokey Robinson. How Sweet It Is. Marvin Gaye. Mercy Mercy Me The Ecology. I Second That Emotion. Love Child. Deke Richards. Ain't Too Proud to Beg.
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