MI Black History: A Supreme Singing Career

Q: Which Detroit-born chanteuse is the voice behind hits such as “Where Did Our Love Go,” “Stop! In the Name of Love,” “Upside Down” and “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough”?

A: Diana Ross. Born in Detroit in 1944, Ross began singing with friends as a teenager in the group The Primettes. The group later took on the name The Supremes, was signed to the Motown record label and went on to world fame. The Supremes became the first group to score five songs in a row as No. 1 singles, and in all, charted 12 No. 1 hits. Ross left for a solo career in 1969, and became an actress as well. She starred in Mahogany (1975) and The Wiz (1978). Her sound evolved with the age, and by the 1980s, she was producing disco hits such as “Upside Down” and “I’m Coming Out.” She has been honored by the Kennedy Center for her contributions to the arts, and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1988.

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