Do you recognize these ladies from 1967.
Diana Ross (middle) and the Supremes.
Ross turned 75 on May 26th, and this week began a series of concerts tied in with her yearlong “Diamond Diana” celebration. The tour includes several shows in Las Vegas along with more than 20 North American stops on her itinerary. One of them is an upcoming July 14th date at the Riverside Theater in Milwaukee.
From 1964 to 1967, 10 of the Supremes’ singles reached No. 1. Ross left the group in 1970 and went on to solo superstardom, with appearances in the films “The Wiz,” “Mahogany” and “Lady Sings the Blues.”
In 1997 Ross did an interview with Rolling Stone Magazine:
We (she and the Supremes) actually created an image for girl groups. I was brought up with people who lived with the golden rule. They had a lot of integrity, were clean-living people, caring about others and so on. And my first job was at Hudson’s department store, so I was very influenced by windows and fashion magazines. I went to Cass Technical High School and majored in costume design and fashion illustration. I’ve always been interested in fashion, cosmetics and makeup and hair, so the image that we created was very ladylike, very feminine.
Our image was really a reflection of beauty and glamour. The image onstage was always ladylike. Our movements were never bumping and grinding – it was very smooth and rhythmic [she sways her arms to demonstrate], and the music was the same. All of us were high-school graduates, so we spoke well. This is my upbringing –very respectful. People always ask me, “Why do they call you Miss Ross?” In Detroit anybody past a certain age were called Mr. and Mrs. You didn’t refer to them by their first names. As life went on and people started calling me Miss Ross, some people got so ruffled about that. But it was not a big thing as far as our upbringing.
I feel very sexy. I’ve always been sexual. I haven’t given up on sex yet – that’s probably why I’ve got five kids. I like it a lot. It’s my form of intimacy in my personal relationships. I feel my femininity when I’m working. When I walk through audiences, I like to touch them and hold them, and they like to touch and hold me. “Reach Out and Touch” was all about that. I dress sensually. My boobs aren’t hanging out, but my dresses are very pretty. I’m pretty satisfied with who I am, and I think that shows.
The year was 1976…