Biography: Diana Ross rose to fame as the lead singer of The Supremes, Mototown's most successful act, and one of the most successful female groups ever.
Introduced to Motown by her neighborhood friend Smokey Robinson, Ross was one part of a teenage group called the Primettes along with Florence Ballard, Mary Wilson and Betty McGlown. Initially considered too young they were signed in 1961 as The Supremes by Berry Gordy, with whom she later had a relationship.
The group had their first hit in 1963 and their 1st no.1 in 1964 with "Where Did Our Love Go". The group produced a record 12 no.1 hits and became international stars.
In 1968 the group was re-titled Diana Ross and the Supremes. Ross eventually left the group in 1970 to begin a very successful solo career, with such hits as "Ain't No Mountain High Enough" and "I'm Coming Out".
Ross also began a film career starring as Billie Holiday in "Lady Sings the Blues" (1972) before taking other roles.
Ross is the recipient of numerous awards; in 1976 Billboard named her the 'Female Entertainer of the Century'. In 2012 she was awarded a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, and the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2016 by President Barack Obama.
- 1986-02-01 American pop snger Diana Ross weds Norwegian businessman Arne Naess in Switzerland
- 1961-01-15 Berry Gordy signs The Supremes with Motown Records
- 1961-03-09 The Supremes release singles "I Want A Guy" and "Never Again"
- 1964-09-17 The Supremes release single "Baby Love"
- 1964-12-27 1st appearance of The Supremes on "The Ed Sullivan Show", singing "Come See About Me"
- 1965-02-08 The Supremes release single "Stop In the Name of Love"
- 1965-10-06 The Supremes release single "I Hear a Symphony"
- 1965-10-10 The Supremes appear on the "The Ed Sullivan Show"
- 1965-12-17 The Houston Astrodome opens; 1st event is a concert by Judy Garland with The Supremes as opening act
- 1965-12-29 The Supremes release single "My World is Empty Without You"
- 1966-07-25 The Supremes release single "You Can't Hurry Love"
- 1967-03-20 The Supremes release single "The Happening"
- 1968-09-30 The Supremes release single "Love Child"
- 1968-11-21 The Supremes & The Temptations release "I'm Gonna Make You Love Me"
- 1969-01-06 The Supremes release single "I'm Livin' In Shame"
- 1969-10-09 The Supremes release single "Someday We'll Be Together", Diana Ross' last recording with the group
- 1969-12-21 Diana Ross' final TV appearance as a Supreme on "The Ed Sullivan Show", performing “Someday We’ll Be Together", after which Sullivan announced her upcoming departure from the group
- 1981-08-01 "Endless Love" single released by Diana Ross and Lionel Richie (Billboard Song of the Year 1981, Billboard Greatest Song Duet of All-Time)
- 1983-07-21 Thunder storm cuts short Diana Ross' free concert in NY's Central Park
- 1988-01-20 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees: The Beach Boys; The Beatles; The Drifters; Bob Dylan; The Supremes; Woody Guthrie; Leadbelly; Les Paul; and Berry Gordy, Jr.
- 1996-04-12 Rock for the Rainforest benefit concert held at Carnegie Hall, NYC; performers include: Sting, Elton John, James Taylor, Don Henley, Diana Ross, Robin Williams, Branford Marsalis, and Kenny Kirkland