Happy Birthday to Diana Ross, who turns 72 on today (March 26th)!!! Ross was born and raised in Detroit, Michigan, and joined the R&B trio the Primettes in 1959. At the time the Primettes were made up of Mary Wilson, Florence Ballard, and original member Barbara Martin. After signing to Motown records in 1960, the group changed their name to the Supremes.
Starting in 1964 with “When The Lovelight Starts Shining Through His Eyes,” the Supremes scored 33 Top 40 singles, including 12 Number One pop hits. “Someday We’ll Be Together” was the group’s final Number One, after which Ross left to begin a solo career, which earned her an additional 27 Top 40 hits, including 1970’s “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough,” her first solo Number One.
Ross also reached the top of the charts with “Touch Me In The Morning” (1973), “Theme From Mahogany (Do You Know Where You’re Going To)” (1975), “Love Hangover” (1976), “Upside Down” (1980), and “Endless Love” — her 1981 duet with Lionel Richie.
She has also had a career as an actress, earning an Academy Award best actress nomination for her role as singer Billie Holiday in Lady Sings The Blues. Her other films included Mahogany, and The Wiz.
Donny Osmond recalled watching Ross whip her band into shape during a mid-’70s soundcheck: “There’s a reason why they call her ‘The Boss.’ In Vegas, I can’t remember if I was following her at Caesars or she was following us at Caesars. She was doing rehearsals during the day of our closing night and man she ruled with an iron fist. And you just didn’t get in her way. But in a way, I admired it because she commanded the stage. She knew what she wanted (and) nobody would cross her.”
March 31 – New Brunswick, NJ – State Theatre
April 1 – Atlantic City, NJ – Borgata Hotel, Casino & Spa / Event Center
April 3 – Hartford, CT – Bushnell Center Mortensen Hall
April 4 – Montreal, QC – Bell Centre
April 7, 8 – Rama, ON – Casino Rama Entertainment Centre
April 9 – Niagara Falls, NY – Seneca Niagara Resort & Casino
April 12 – Staten Island, NY – St. George Theatre
April 13 – Bethlehem, PA – Sands Bethlehem Event Center
April 14 – Providence, RI – Providence Performing Arts Center
June 24 – Aspen, CO – Jazz Aspen Snowmass at Benedict Music Tent
June 27 – Calgary, AB – The Grey Eagle Event Centre
June 28 – Enoch, AB – River Creek Event Centre
June 30 – Richmond, BC – River Rock Casino Resort
July 9 – Lincoln, CA – Outdoor Amphitheater At Thunder Valley
July 12 – San Francisco, CA – Orpheum Theatre
July 15, 16 – Los Angeles, CA – Hollywood Bowl
July 27 – Highland Park, IL – The Pavillion At Ravinia Park
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