Red Hot Rhythm & Blues (1987)

THE DIANA ROSS PROJECT

 “I wanna put my winter life away, Summertime I need a sunny day…”

This would be the 6th and final studio album by Diana Ross while signed to RCA records; the relatively short tenure began with 1981’s Why Do Fools Fall In Love and, for the most part, continued successfully through the decade.  Three of the six albums went gold (or better), and Miss Ross scored six top 20 pop hits and nine top 20 R&B singles (including this album’s “Dirty Looks”).  Certainly this is not a bad showing for seven years of recordings; most artists would love to have that kind of track record.  The problem for Diana Ross is that her work was (and still is) being judged against her ridiculously successful Motown years (1961-1981), during which time she hit #1 on the pop charts a whopping 18 times.  Had Miss Ross’s RCA output ended with a smash…

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