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Diana Ross Celebrates 78th Birthday & Social Media Reaction

LEGENDS & ICONS OF MUSIC - Kevin Douglas Post

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Born March 26, 1944, She is an entertainer and actress. She rose to fame as the lead singer of the vocal group the Supremes, who became Motown’s most successful act during the 1960s and one of the world’s best-selling girl groups of all time. Many consider Ross to be the blueprint for future “Diva” acts such as Beyonce, Mariah Carey, and more! It’s #OldSchoolSaturday as “Women’s History Month” continues on WorldWide Entertainment TV.

Billboard Chart History

They remain the best-charting female group in history, with a total of twelve number-one hit singles on the US Billboard Hot 100, including “Where Did Our Love Go”, “Baby Love”, “Come See About Me”, and “Love Child”.The group had 10 No. 1 hits from the years 1964 to 1967, including “Where Did Our Love Go,” “You Can’t Hurry Love,” “Baby Love,” “Stop! In the Name of Love” and “You Keep Me Hangin’ On.” 

After leaving the group in 1970, she launched a successful solo career, with many huge hits across the next couple of decades.

Diana Ross was named the ‘Female Entertainer of the Century’ by Billboard magazine. In 1993, the Guinness Book of World Records named Ross the most successful female music artist in history.

FORMING THE SUPREMES

When she was just 15 years old, the singer joined her first singing group alongside Florence Ballard, Mary Wilson and Betty McGlown (later replaced by Barbara Martin). Known as The Primettes, the group was the female equivalent of the male singing group, The Primes.

The group auditioned for none other than Smokey Robinson — who was Ross’s neighbor — and he brought them to Motown Records. There, they met Berry Gordy, signing a record deal in 1961.

In 1961, the group lost a member, Barbara Martin, and changed their name to the Supremes. The group released their debut album, Meet the Supremes, in 1962, following it up with Where Did Our Love Go in 1964.

In 1965, Ross began a romantic relationship with music producer Berry Gordy; the pair share daughter Rhonda, who was born in 1971.

The group went on an international tour in 1966, capitalizing on their growing fame.

In 1968, the group — who experienced a big shakeup the year prior when Florence Ballard was replaced by Cindy Birdsong — sang at the Royal Variety in London. At the time, they had changed their name from simply the Supremes to Diana Ross and the Supremes, making Ross the leader of the pack.

SOLO ORIGIN

Her first two singles hit #1, and she went on to star in a number of films, including “Lady Sings the Blues,” which garnered her an Oscar nomination; “Mahogany”; and “The Wiz.” Ross was recognized by the Guinness Book of World Records as the most successful female artist of all time, and the book produced a special commemorative Diana Ross edition in 1993.

One of the most legendary moments in her career came with a 1983 open air concert in New York’s Central Park for an audience of 750,000. Despite the rain, Diana Ross and her powerful voice kept fans in thrall, sticking it out until the end.

Social media helps celebrate the icon’s birthday as seen below.