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Thursday, March 31, 2011

Diana Ross - Diana

Thirsty Thursday is here B Siders! I have no idea why I used that phrase just now. I guess I'll relate it to the fact I'm always thirsty for more tuneage. That thirst includes any old motown stuff like Diana Ross here. Follower Ashley asked that I take a peek at her, and I'm assuming she meant her solo stuff since she didn't ask for the Supremes. When she asked the question of what I think of Diana Ross, I have to say - the easiest answer would be nothing. I'm so ignorant to her music other than hits, I couldn't even begin to formulate a good response. But here we are, looking at this 1980 blockbuster. Ross was born in Detroit in 1944. She grew up in a tough area of Detroit and had a father in the military. Apparently her parents wanted to name her Diane, but the birth certificate got fudged by the clerk at the city hall, and it came out Diana. So that's why she is who she is, clerical error. She joined the Supremes in 1959 and obviously saw pretty solid success. The group thing lasted a wicked 11 years, until Ross decided to roll with some solo work. 11 years of Supreme work, and then this just so happens to be her 11th solo studio album. I chose this one, because it's one of only two of her records that went platinum. That's crazy. Many of her albums hit number one on the charts, but didn't sell well. I don't think I need to explain how her music is. I feel she's iconic enough that everyone at least knows what a taste of Ross feels like. I can say for me personally, every so often I like to listen to old Motown-y stuff. It's always up beat and provided the beat log for a lot of current rap tracks I enjoy. So I like to pay homage by listening to the originals. I recommend you guys do the same today with a little Diana.

1. Upside Down
2. Tenderness
3. Friend to Friend
4. I'm Coming Out
5. Have Fun (Again)
6. My Old Piano
7. Now That You're Gone
8. Give Up

Listen To Samples

Top 3 Tracks:
1. Upside Down
2. I'm Coming Out
3. My Old Piano

3.25 out of 5 stars


  1. Yay!!! I didn't think you'd do this one for some reason. I was thinking, eh I can't knock him if he doesn't but I'm glad you did.

    You stated something true too. The old-school songs have basically provided the blueprint for current music. I know you don't care for Janet's music too much but for 'If' for her album janet., she sampled 'Someday' from Diana and the Supremes :)

    lol, don't hate me :)

  2. Nope. Suggestion box policy states, if it's in there, it'll get reviewed. No matter what.

    I didn't catch that one...just the more obvious samples from this record. I'll have to listen to both again. hate. I love suggestions!