|Full Name||Diana Ernestine Earle Ross|
|Birthday||March 26, 1944|
|Social Media||Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, TikTok, YouTube|
Diana Ross is singer & actress famous as lead of the Supremes, one of world‘s best-selling girl groups. With her powerful vocals and glamorous style, Ross helped shape the Motown sound and paved the way for Black artists in the music industry.
Early Life and Career Beginnings
- Diana Ross was born on March 26, 1944 in Detroit, Michigan. Her birth name was Diana Ernestine Earle Ross.
- As a child, Ross lived in Detroit‘s Brewster-Douglass housing projects and started singing with friends as a teenager in the group The Primettes.
- In 1959, The Primettes auditioned for Motown records and were signed in 1961, changing their name to The Supremes.
- Ross sang lead vocals alongside Florence Ballard and Mary Wilson, scoring their first #1 hit "Where Did Our Love Go" in 1964.
- Over the next few years, Ross led The Supremes to become Motown‘s most popular act with 12 #1 pop singles including "Baby Love" and "Stop! In the Name of Love."
Launching a Solo Career
- In 1970, Diana Ross left The Supremes to launch a hugely successful solo career, scoring her first #1 hit with "Ain‘t No Mountain High Enough."
- Throughout the 1970s, she released several more chart-topping singles like "Touch Me in the Morning" and "Theme from Mahogany."
- Ross also began acting, earning an Oscar nomination for portraying Billie Holiday in the 1972 film Lady Sings the Blues.
- In the 1980s, she ventured into dance and pop collaborations, scoring hits like "Endless Love" with Lionel Richie.
- Ross continued touring and recording, with over 100 million records sold worldwide.
Accolades and Impact
- Diana Ross has won numerous honors including a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, Kennedy Center Honors, and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame with The Supremes and as a solo artist.
- Her confident style and glamorous presence broke stereotypes and paved the way for other Black female pop stars.
- Ross refused to be limited by music industry expectations, helping counter prejudices about African-American artists.
- Her chart dominance and legacy continues to inspire modern singers like Beyoncé, Mariah Carey and Ariana Grande.
At 79 years old, Diana Ross is still actively performing and releasing new music after a career spanning over 50 remarkable years. She remains one of the most renowned and trailblazing vocalists in pop music history.