March 26: Happy Birthday Diana Ross

Diana Ross

My travels led me to where I am today. Sometimes these steps have felt painful, difficult, but led me to greater happiness and opportunites.
~Diana Ross

You know, you do need mentors, but in the end, you really just need to believe in yourself.
~Diana Ross

Love Child (1968)


Birth name Diana Ernestine Earle Ross
Born March 26, 1944 (age 71)
Detroit, Michigan
Genres R&B, soul, disco, jazz, pop, dance
Occupations Singer, record producer, actress
Years active 1959–present
Labels Lu Pine, Motown, RCA, EMI
Associated acts The Supremes, The Temptations, The Jackson 5, Marvin Gaye, Michael Jackson, Lionel Richie

Diana Ernestine Earle Ross (born March 26, 1944) is an American vocalist, music artist and actress.

Ross first rose to fame as a founding member and lead singer of the Motown group The Supremes during the 1960s. After leaving the group in 1970, Ross began a solo career that has included successful ventures into film and Broadway. She received a Best Actress Academy Award nomination for her role as Billie Holiday in Lady Sings the Blues (1972), for which she won a Golden Globe award for most promising female newcomer. She has won seven American Music Awards, and won a Special Tony Award for her one-woman show, An Evening with Diana Ross, in 1977.

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When The Lovelight Starts Shining Through His Eyes:

  • In 1976, Billboard magazine named her the “Female Entertainer of the Century.” 
  • In 1993, the Guinness Book of World Records declared Diana Ross the most successful female music artist in history due to 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. 
  • Diana Ross has sold more than 100 million records worldwide. 
  • In 1988, Ross was inducted to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as member of the Supremes alongside Florence Ballard and Mary Wilson.
  • Ross is 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 December 2007, she received the Kennedy Center Honors.
  • In 2012, Diana was finally honored by NARAS with a Lifetime Achievement Grammy Award in her 50th year in the music business.

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Album of the day

Gold (2005)

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Other March 26

  • The Bootleg Series Volumes 1–3 is a compilation box set by Bob Dylan, issued on Columbia Records, catalogue C3K 86572. It is the first installment in the Dylan bootleg series, comprising material spanning the first three decades of his career, from 1961 to 1989.
    Released March 26, 1991
    Recorded November 1961 – March 1989
    Genre Folk rock, folk blues
    Length 229:37
    Label Columbia
    Producer Jeff Rosen

  • Steven Tyler (born Steven Victor Tallarico; March 26, 1948) is an American singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist, best known as the frontman and lead singer of the Boston-based rock band Aerosmith, in which he also plays the harmonica, and occasional piano and percussion. He is known as the “Demon of Screamin'” due to his high screams and his wide vocal range.

  • Angelina” is a song written by Bob Dylan, originally recorded in 1981 (on March 26, remixed on May 4) for the album Shot of Love.
    However, “Angelina” was cut from the record, and fans would have to wait until 1991 when it was released onThe Bootleg Series Volumes 1-3 (Rare & Unreleased) 1961-1991. Like Dylan’s similarly named “Farewell Angelina”, “Angelina” is full of imagery and biblical allusions (the ‘four faces’, for example, of the final stanza appear to allude to Ezek.10. 14 and 10.21). Considered by most critics to be one of the best songs written during his “born-again” period, “Angelina” is the classic Dylan work in which obscure yet meaningful poetry and a seemingly all-encompassing vision take on mankind’s most pressing problems, all the while making for a pleasant listen.