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I love this footage of the girls from '66 just having fun & being silly,with 'You Keep Me Hanging On' playing in the background.
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Diana in 1976. Photo Credit:Evening Standard

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A favorite of mine,Diana by Bob Lucas(1978). Photo Source:scanned by me

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Published 4 March 1966

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The Girls from Motown

One midsummer eve in a Negro-ghetto backyard in Detroit, Diana Ross, then 14, Mary Wilson, 14, and Florence Ballard, 15, made their first professional appearance. They sang Your Cheating Heart, and afterward they passed the hat. The take: "Darn near $3," says Diana's mother. Last week at Manhattan's Copacabana, home range of the big names (Sinatra, Dean Martin), where the big beat is seldom heard, the same rock-'n'-roll trio was doing turn-away business. Diana, Mary and Florence now call themselves the Supremes, and the take is $5,000 a performance.

And their Copa runneth over. The Supremes were nationwide headliners last week on the Ed Sullivan TV show and this week will be on the Sammy Davis Jr. show. Their latest record, My World Is Empty Without You, rose to No. 5 on the Billboard "Hot 100," with plenty of thrust in reserve. If it keeps climbing, it could become the Supremes' seventh release in a row to make No. 1. "You know," burbled Diana, now 21, "we used to get excited about the Apollo [a Harlem vaudeville house]. We never even thought about the Copa. The first night I sang there, I just started laughing and couldn't stop. It must have been because I was so happy."

Hiphazard Impresario. Diana, Mary and Florence were all neighbors in Detroit's dreary Brewster Housing Project. "We were eatin'," recalls Mrs. Ross, "and that's pretty good. In the project you got along according to how many children you had. There was twelve in Florence's family, there was three in Mary's, and there was six in ours. So Mary was the best off, Florence the worst, and we were in the middle." Introduced to each other by a smalltime promoter, the girls were soon singing at neighborhood hops, block and basement parties. "I used to get whipped every night for going to those parties," recalls Diana, "but I always went. We sang because we loved to sing. We wanted to work, to do a show, any show. We didn't care if we got paid." Adds Mary: "We usually didn't."

In 1960 they made their first bid for a recording contract with Berry Gordy, the hiphazard impresario of Detroit's Motown* Record Co. "They seemed like just three skinny teen-age girls," he remembers. "I told them to go back to school." Back they went, but in her junior-year Diana wangled work with Gordy as an assistant to his secretary. "I didn't know anything about being a secretary," says Diana, "and I used to sing every time he opened his inner door." She was fired within two weeks, but did manage to land the girls some recording jobs in a background chorus. One day after school, they dropped in to tell Gordy he owed them some back pay. The ensuing conversation led to the audition and the contract that was to make Berry the U.S.'s largest producer of 45-r.p.m. records last year.

No Strains. The sound of the Supremes is a blend of gospel and rock, Detroit Symphony strings and Willow Run blues, which even the girls can't describe. "Maybe the Motown sound is just love and warmth," says Mary. "Like a family, we all work together, fight and kiss all day long. You see someone you haven't seen in an hour, and you've got to hug and kiss."

The trio's childhood friendship, surprisingly, shows no suspicion of strain despite a furious schedule that has filled their last year with 25 TV shots, a tour of Europe, and one-nighters in places like Yale, San Francisco's Cow Palace and Manhattan's Philharmonic Hall.† All three are still single. Though Diana, as lead singer, carries the heaviest load, they divide their earnings evenly. Using last year's take of $250,000 each (it may hit $400,000 this year), they moved their families into three modest duplexes on the same street in Detroit's northwest Buena Vista district. The homes are luxuryless, just spartanly comfortable, and reflect the girls' sensible, unawed view of their instant riches. "You know, my father didn't want me to get into this business," muses Diana. "When I left, he said, 'If you don't make it, don't come crying around here asking for help.' " Is it all right now, Dad?


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^Great read...Diana along with The Supremes pretty much did it all!

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Diana on the cover of Life Magazine 1972. Photo Credit:James B. Wood

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I this photo of her(1968)scanned by me,kinda ironic since she isn't flashing that famous megawatt smile. Photo Credit:MPTV

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I miss your posts, OMIFAN9. I love all the 60s styles the Supremes wore.

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^Aww,thanks!
Diana in the mid-70s scanned by me. Photo Source:soulstyle

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Here she is today at the Cinema Society Screening of Ironman. There's that megawatt smile. She looks wonderful!

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Diana Ross shops for a hair headband in Barney's 06-02-08

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Check out the video interview we did with Diana Ross at NYFW http://www.thefashionspot.com/videos...-interview-365

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