Surrender (1971)

THE DIANA ROSS PROJECT

“I don’t know how to be nothin’ but yours…”

Considering the calculated effort it took to extricate Diana Ross from The Supremes — including a frantic race to release a final #1 single on the group and then a whirlwind of publicity surrounding the move — the first year of the singer’s solo career was surprisingly erratic.  When Diana’s debut solo single, the Nick Ashford and Valerie Simpson-penned “Reach Out And Touch (Somebody’s Hand),” failed to make an immediate impact on listeners, Motown founder Berry Gordy, Jr. panicked and put Deke Richards to work with the singer.  Then, suddenly, “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” raced to #1 on the pop and R&B charts, and producers Ashford & Simpson were back in the driver’s seat, quickly coming up with a follow-up single (“Remember Me”).  The result was that the Richards album, titled Everything Is Everything, was released without a promotional…

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