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Seven Reasons To Shake Your Ass And Celebrate Diana Ross On Her 70th Birthday

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By:           Matthew Tharrett
On:           Mar 26, 2014
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  • 18 Comments
    • RomanHans
      RomanHans

      Hey, thanks for that! I have a tendency to write her off: I’m apparently one of the few gay men who just can’t stand divas. Then there’s that “Call me MISS Ross” business and Cindy Birdsong’s sad fate. But she’s been a good friend to us, and she clearly deserves our support and praise.

      Mar 26, 2014 at 4:53 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • maxdadmark
      maxdadmark

      @RomanHans: Before your sound off, get your facts straight. It was Florence Ballard, an ORIGINAL Supreme who died of a heart attack in 1976.

      Mar 26, 2014 at 4:59 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • maxdadmark
      maxdadmark

      An older Facebook acquaintance of mine (from my hometown) responded this way to my reposting of this article” “She was also boycotted for decades by the gay community for her bullying of Mary Wilson and the other Supremes back in the day. She had to cancel engagements because no one cared to see her. She’s only of recent to be forgiven….” Anyone aware of a boycott?

      Mar 26, 2014 at 5:02 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Metro135
      Metro135

      Miss Ross is NOT the most successful female entertainer in history. She has exactly two platinum albums, and one of those is a soundtrack. Compare that to Barbra Streisand, who has something like 33 platinum and multi-platinum albums.

      And quite a few of those 70 hit singles are not hers alone; they belong to the other Supremes too.

      Mar 26, 2014 at 5:48 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • p-candotorg
      p-candotorg

      “Miss Ross” is 70 and still looking great. She made one of my highlight in my life of Design and entertainment. She invited me to dance cheek to cheek to one of her love songs, in front of twenty thousand fans during her concert in Hong Kong. All that for handing her one red Baccara long stemmed Rose. My friend the organizer Andrew Bull is my witness as I don’t have a picture myself of it. Sadly then nothing was digital and cameras and flash photography by fans were not permitted during shows. I chased the Hong Kong Standard newspaper but to no avail :-)
      So I guess all I have left is that flamboyant souvenir and girls wanting to touch my cheeks after the concert haha no boys wanting ..why not :-)?

      Mar 26, 2014 at 6:36 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • stanhope
      stanhope

      Diana Ross is incredible. She’s never gotten what she was truly due. Happy Birthday Diana!

      Mar 26, 2014 at 9:07 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • blondeboyz
      blondeboyz

      I had the pleasure of seeing Diana in concert many years ago. There was no doubt that she truly loves her fans. It came across loud and clear. Loved her then, love her now. Gay icon for sure!

      Mar 26, 2014 at 10:22 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • DickieJohnson
      DickieJohnson

      Happy Birthday, indeed, Diana! She, and The Supremes, provided the “soundtrack” for my early gay life, 1967 and onward. LOVE! LOVE! LOVE!

      Mar 26, 2014 at 10:28 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • jckfmsincty
      jckfmsincty

      It’s just unfortunate timing that Liza Minelli (“Cabaret”) and Diana Ross (“Lady Sings the Blues”) were both nominated for the Best Actress Academy Award in 1972. They were equally deserving. That’s just the way the Oscar crumbles, I guess.

      Mar 27, 2014 at 1:00 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • dvlaries
      dvlaries

      For white kids who already liked black music sounds and R&B, the release of “Where Did Our Love Go,” on June 17, 1964, was as iconic a date and moment as The Beatles first performance on Sullivan, earlier that year. The record was everywhere that summer, and we knew, if Diane, Florence and Mary kept putting them out sounding that good, we’d only begun our buying.
      *
      It is overstatement, however, to suggest Ross and Motown single-handedly raised the profile of Detroit for baby-boomers and generations after. She, with and without the Supremes, was certainly the company’s female iconic cornerstone, but The Marvelettes, The Miracles, Mary Wells, Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye and Martha & the Vandellas had already locked us in as loyal fans, and they never lost us as The Supremes juggernaut took flight too. In fact, of the founding artists of Motown, only the Four Tops -by one month- took longer getting out of the gate with an important first, identity-establishing hit. Those who don’t know that need to return to Motown 101 remedial class.
      *
      One correction: “I’m Coming Out” was a September 1980 single release, not 1979. Her 1979 singles were “The Boss” and “It’s My House.”

      Mar 27, 2014 at 4:31 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Cam
      Cam

      Very cool post. happy birthday to her!

      Mar 27, 2014 at 10:58 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • BrandoPolo
      BrandoPolo

      Happy birthday to the boss.

      Mar 27, 2014 at 6:01 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • jonjct
      jonjct

      I DO remember that she was cancelling shows because she couldn’t sell any tickets. And it has been said that she is rude and difficult to work with. Even recently she huffed out of an LA restaurant after they refused to seat her before her daughter and dinner companion arrived. She’s not really all that. BUT I also remember 1980 and “I’m coming out”, and how that was THE anthem for gay guys in NYC. Sadly, the unstoppable gay movement was stopped literally dead in it’s tracks by HIV. Anyway, I like some of the other divas much better, including the late, great Amy Winehouse.

      Mar 27, 2014 at 6:35 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • seaguy
      seaguy

      Call her Miss Ross!

      Mar 27, 2014 at 11:09 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Horus 009
      Horus 009

      She is a beautiful women and had an abundance of very black hair.
      She dressed
      befitting and elegant?
      I DON’T KNOW HER BUT I THINK I LIKE HER!

      Mar 28, 2014 at 3:16 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Horus 009
      Horus 009

      She is a beautiful women and had an abundance of very black hair.
      She dressed
      befitting and elegant?
      I DON’T KNOW HER BUT I THINK I LIKE HER!

      Mar 28, 2014 at 3:18 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • grandiron
      grandiron

      @maxdadmark:

      FALSE. The late Donna Summer was rumored to have said that AIDS was god’s punishment for homosexuality. She was boycotted by gay fans. The statement, however, was completely untrue. Gays have never “boycotted” Ross. People certainly don’t like her because of her ascent at Motown. Many other artists, particularly female singers with “better” voices have always felt Ross shouldn’t have gotten her due. The fact of the matter is, Ross didn’t “do” anything to anyone. She was the primary lead singer on the group’s earliest album. Much of what was dramatized in “Dreamgirls”, a wonderful musical and film, is fiction. Ross’s “pop” friendly voice resonated with white folks more than say, a larger, more powerful voiced singer may have. The Supremes were hits with teenagers of all colors as well as the supper club audiences.

      Apr 12, 2014 at 11:59 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • grandiron
      grandiron

      @jonjct: Her shows in 2000 were canceled largely because she was touring with two women who were Supremes after she left the group. She got a lot of bad press for this tour although it was sold out at it’s last performance at Madison Square Garden and fans got to hear numerous songs that she hadn’t performed in over 30 years. She has been touring very consistently since 2007 and if you look at Billboard or any other trade magazine which tracks concert ticket sales, you’ll see that the vast majority of her venues are 90-100% sold out. She is hitting the road again this summer and most dates are already sold out. She’s no more difficult to work with, I imagine than Madonna, Cher or Streisand.

      Apr 13, 2014 at 12:03 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·

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