She Kept a Big Secret - Diana Ross: A Life in Photos - Purple Clover
Backed by an eight-piece band, this love child of music royalty Diana Ross and Berry Gordy returns to the Iridium Sunday night to perform her. Diana Ross is known for her killer vocals and legendary hits, but she still with the Supremes, Diana began dating Motown CEO Berry Gordy. Motown founder Berry Gordy says he forgave Diana Ross for signing to The couple also had a six-year love affair that produced a daughter.
The album became an international hit. Touring throughoutRoss became the first entertainer in Japan's history to receive an invitation to the Imperial Palace for a private audience with the Empress Nagakowife of Emperor Hirohito.
A year later, inRoss 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.
InRoss released The Bosscontinuing her popularity with dance audiences, as the title song became a number-one dance single. The song would become her sixth and final single to reach number one on the Billboard Hot Ross began negotiations to leave Motown at the end of Gordy stated that doing so was "impossible".
Ross then signed with RCA on May 20, At the time, Ross's was music history's most expensive recording deal. Despite some criticism of her for taking the role, once the film opened in OctoberRoss won critical acclaim for her performance in the film. The soundtrack to Lady Sings the Blues became just as successful, reaching No.
Diana Ross in August Ross's second film, Mahoganywas released in The story of an aspiring fashion designer who becomes a runway model and the toast of the industry, Mahogany was a troubled production from its inception. The film's original director, Tony Richardsonwas fired during production, and Berry Gordy assumed the director's chair himself.
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In addition, Gordy and Ross clashed during filming, with Ross leaving the production before shooting was completed, forcing Gordy to use secretary Edna Anderson as a body double for Ross. While a box-office success, the film was not well received by the critics: Time magazine's review of the film chastised Gordy for "squandering one of America's most natural resources: The film initially was to include the stage actors who had performed on the play, but, producer Rob Cohen could not garner the interest of any major Hollywood film studios.
It was not until Ross convinced Cohen to cast her, instead of Stephanie Millswho portrayed Dorothy on Broadway as Dorothy that Universal Pictures agreed to finance the production. This casting decision led to a change in the film's script, in which Dorothy went from a schoolgirl to a schoolteacher. The role of the Scarecrow, also performed by someone else onstage, was eventually given to Ross's former Motown labelmate, Michael Jackson.
Ross had success with movie-themed songs. The soundtrack for Lady Sings the Blues peaked at number one on Billboard's Pop chart, selling overcopies in its first eight days of release. Their second duet, actually as part of the ensemble of The Wiz, "Brand New Day", found some success overseas. Ross scored a Top 10 hit in late with the theme song to the film It's My Turn.
The following year, she collaborated with former Commodores singer-songwriter Lionel Richie on the theme song for the film Endless Love. The Academy Award -nominated title single became her final hit on Motown Records and the number-one record of the year. InRoss returned to acting with a dramatic role in the television film, Out of Darkness.
Ross won acclaim for her role in the TV movie and earned her third Golden Globe nomination, although she did not win. Continued solo career and development: The album sold over a million copies and featured hit singles such as her remake of the classic hit of the same name and " Mirror Mirror ".
Shortly thereafter, Ross established her production company, named Anaid Productions "Diana" spelled backwardsand also began investing in real estate and touring extensively in the United States and abroad.
The album eventually went gold on the strength of that song. InRoss ventured further out of her earlier soul-based sound for a more pop rock -oriented sound following the release of the Ross album. Though the album featured the top 40 hit single, " Pieces of Ice ", the Ross album did not generate any more hits or achieve gold status.
Proceeds of the concert would be donated to build a playground in the singer's name. Midway through the beginning of the show, a torrential downpour began. Ross tried to continue performing, but, the severe weather required that the show be stopped after 45 minutes. Ross urged the large crowd to exit the venue safely, promising to perform the next day.
The second concert held the very next day was without rain. The funds for the playground were to be derived from sales of various memorabilia. However, they were destroyed by the storm. When the mainstream media discovered the exorbitant costs of the two concerts, Ross faced criticism from New York City's then-mayor Ed Koch and the city's Parks Department commissioner and poor publicity.
The album featured All of Youa duet with friend, Julio Iglesias. It became an international hit, as did the Lionel Richie -penned ballad " Missing You ", composed as a tribute to Marvin Gayewho had died earlier that year.
Swept Away garnered gold record sales status. Her album, Eaten Alivefound major success overseas. Ross refused to comment on her former friend's book when it was published. She claims the eating disorder was the result of Berry Gordy driving her so hard. At a concert in Boston, she collapsed onstage and was subsequently hospitalized for exhaustion.
She Didn't Really Discover the Jacksons When Motown signed the Jackson 5 inits publicity department put out the story that Diana had discovered the group, whose first album was titled "Diana Ross Presents the Jackson 5. Ross never claimed to have played a role in the Jacksons' signing, but she did introduce the group at many events, which reinforced Motown's marketing strategy. Years later, Ross reportedly turned to Pryor again for advice, only this time it was for real.
She, like the troubled comedian, was fighting a battle against drug and alcohol abuse. So, in a sense, I am an actress first and foremost. I act out the songs, and I lead with my heart. Though a success at the box office, the movie was a nightmare on the set.
The original director was fired in the middle of production and Motown chief Berry Gordy—who'd never directed a movie before—took over his job. He and Diana fought so much that she left before filming was completed. To finish the film, Gordy used his secretary as a stand-in.
She Wanted to Be a Fashion Designer In her youth, Ross took courses in pattern making, design and millinery, and when the Supremes were starting out, she designed and made the group's costumes. She later became a fashion icon, famous for her high-glamour gowns. When the original director objected, he was fired. United Artists Records picked up "Come to Me" for national distribution, as well as Johnson's more successful follow-up records such as " You Got What It Takes ", co-produced by Gordy, who also received a co-writer credit, though the song was originally written and recorded by guitarist Bobby Parker for Vee Jay records a year and a half earlier.
Gordy's next release was the only 45 ever issued on his Rayber label, featuring Wade Jones with an unnamed female backup group. The record did not sell well and is now one of the rarest issues from the Motown stable. Berry's third release was " Bad Girl " by the Miraclesthe first release on the Motown record label.
The Tamla and Motown labels were then merged into a new company, Motown Record Corporationincorporated on April 14, The Miracles' hit " Shop Around " peaked at No.
Diana Ross: A Life in Photos
Later inthe Marvelettes ' " Please Mr. Postman " made it to the top of both charts. Berry Gordy House, known as the Motown mansion, in Detroit's Boston-Edison Historic District  Gordy's gift for identifying and bringing together musical talent, along with the careful management of his artists' public image, made Motown initially a major national and then international success.
Though he also signed various white acts on the label Rare Earth, Rustix, via the Rare Earth labelhe largely promoted African-American artists but carefully controlled their public image, dress, manners and choreography for across-the-board appeal. Initially the studio, over Gordy's objections, rejected Williams after several screen tests.
However, Gordy, known for his tenacity, eventually prevailed, and the film established Williams as a major movie star. Berry Gordy soon after produced and directed Mahogany also starring Ross and Williams. Inhe produced the cult martial arts film The Last Dragonwhich starred martial artist Taimak and one of Prince's proteges, Vanity.