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To me it seems like yesterday that whilst walking through a market place with my mother and sister at age 7 or 8 I looked down and saw her face my sister instantly new who they were I on the other hand took a liking to one of the backing singers they where DIANA ROSS &THE SUPREMES the album was THE CRÈAM OF THE CROPS I still remember begging my mom to buy it for me ,and being the mother she was she bought .All the way around that market I would stare at the cover not knowing a single thing about the music just feeling that it would be good. When I arrive home I took out my portable record player on the living room floor and played it from beginning to the end enjoy every song ,I still remember the look of joy on my fathers face as he watch on ,not knowing then what a music lover he was .Over the years Diana Ernestine Earle Ross (born March 26,
1944 ) would be a name that hung around like a quality diamond in our house .She was both beautiful ,stylish ,charismatic and talented .Sure she wasn’t ARETHA but she had that look and style that many of today’s acts try to copy .The DIANA ROSS story has been well told and I for one would not want to dwell on any negatives ,yet you must be a stubborn person to deny the effect she has had on music . Sure some would present so many what if`s and it`s only be cause’s, yet that’s what they are all guess`s and the fact that everyone has a leg up in the music industry .getting signed is a leg up and one requires help to take the next level,I will not argue the rights and wrong here .What DIANA ROSS did when she arrived was to set the world alight musically along with BARBARA MARTIN (who replaced Batty McGowan) FLORENCE BALLARD and DIANA the trio signed to MOTOWN RECORDS in 1961 right from the start in appears DIANA had an eye for fashion and would put this to great use in styling the groups look .The group would embark on a worldwide domination when it came to the music. In 1969 ROSS wo uld leave the group and one of the final songs recorded for the album was SOMEDAY WE`LL BE TOGETHER which was as you guessed became a number one record the song would be the first song these ears would listen to as I sat playing the music of DIANA ROSS &THE SUPREMES .Through the 70`s I would eagerly look forward to hearing her music and she regularly charted in the British charts and Europe. Every red blooded man wanted to marry DIANA ROSS but also wanted to dance like MICHAEL JACKSON with whom DIANA had a close relationship. In 1971 DIANA ROSS would star in the movies LADY SINGS THE BLUES a part thought when seeing it later in the 70`s she was born to play ,what strikes me is that over the years she wasn’t given more ,which tells you something about the industry. Yet DIANA ROSS had broken down many barriers for woman and men a like in the entertainment industry. She gave rnb and soul music style and class in another level not that soul music requires style it is what Diana did was to make it more appealable, to those who would otherwise not notice. She always worked with best out there MARVIN GAYE,JOHNNY BRISTOL, NICK ASHORFORD & VALERIE SIMPSON BERNARD EDWARDS NILE ROGERS THE BEE GEES and of course MICHAEL JACKSON to name a few. She has never been to far away from music and if not touring she seems to pop up here and there as to remind us that the queen diva is till here. If you have a bucket list then you may wish to add to it TO SEE DIANA ROSS IN CONCERT. I still feel there is more to come from DIANA ROSS if she chose to maybe a part in one of TYLER PERRYS upcoming movies she certainly has the credentials to light up the big screen with a unique vioce and style that in my humble opinion has never been out of fashion,there is ,and will only ever be one DIANA ROSS all the others need to take a ticket and stand in line way back.