Diana & Marvin (1973)


“First I had you in the palm of my hand, but I let you slip through like grains of sand…”

“Are Diana Ross and Marvin Gaye recording an album together with Valerie Simpson and Nick Ashford producing?????”  This tantalizing question asked in the September 2, 1972 issue of Billboard was the first clue that two of Motown’s top stars would be teaming up for a joint project; it would be a full year before music fans would get a definitive answer, with the release of the pair’s first joint single.  Certainly a Ross-Gaye collaboration made perfect sense, especially under the direction of Ashford & Simpson; the producers were responsible for Gaye’s legendary duets with Tammi Terrell before moving on to produce Diana’s solo debut, 1970’s Diana Ross, and both Ross and Gaye had scored a major success with the same Ashford & Simpson song, “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough.”…

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Touch Me In The Morning (1973)


“Mornings were blue and gold and we could feel one another living…”

The evening of March 27, 1973 brought perhaps the first real crushing defeat in the career of Diana Ross…at least, in the eyes of the singer and everyone at Motown Records.  That night, Miss Ross sat in the audience of the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in Los Angeles, watching nervously as presenters Raquel Welch and Gene Hackman took the stage to announce the nominees for the Best Actress Academy Award.  Diana Ross was nominated for her groundbreaking performance as Billie Holiday in Lady Sings The Blues, and it was widely predicted in the media that she would win the award.  Taking home the Oscar would be the kind of validation that Ross and Motown founder Berry Gordy, Jr. had sought from the entertainment industry for more than a decade; after being publicly ridiculed for even attempting to break…

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Diana Ross – Revelations (1982 Unreleased LP)

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In 1982 Diana Ross recorded a LP called “Revelartions”, but this canceled in the last minute and today I start a project, launch a limited edition of this album includes the following songs exclusively:

  1. Came Together (Revelations Mix)
  2. Fire Don´t Burn
  3. We Can Never Light That Old Flame Again
  4. You Built Me Up To Tear Me Down
  5. Sweet Summertime Lovin’
  6. Old Funky Rolls
  • Bonus Track:
  1. Medley: Share Some Love/We´re Always Saying Goodbye
  2. Baby, I Love Your Way
  3. Reflections (Extended Version)
  4. Harmony

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Diana Ross a devil in a dress?

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diana-rossIn an unauthorized biography author Mark Ribowsky claims that Diana Ross is a cruel back-stabber, who rose to fame by stepping on her fellow Supremes and sleeping her way to the top of Motown . Riblowsky who also penned He’s A Rebel a biography of Phil Spector claims to have gotten the inside scoop from friends and family and Motown insiders.  The Supremes: A Saga of Motown Dreams, Success, and Betrayal hits shelves June 29.

0306815869Sounds juicy!

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The Piranio brothers of Dallas

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The Piranio brothers of Corleone founded the Dallas Mafia.

The Dallas crime family was founded around 1921 by brothers Carlo and Joseph Piranio from Corleone. The Piranio brothers were part of a network of immigrants from this town, related through blood and marriage, active in the Mafia in Corleone and in American cities including New York, New Orleans, Dallas, and Los Angeles, in the first half of the 20th century. Along with Giuseppe Morello, Leoluca “Mr. Luke” Trumbatore, and Ignacio “Jack” Dragna, Carlo and Joe Piranio are among the first Mafia bosses in the United States. All were born in Corleone.

Carlo Piranio source Viralnova Carlo Piranio (Source: Viralnova)

Carlo was born Calogero Piranio on 21 May 1875, the son of Arcangelo Piranio and Orsola Trumbatore. He was named after his paternal grandfather, as is traditional in Corleone for the first born son. The surname “Piranio” is sometimes misspelled “Pirano” when referring to Carlo…

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Diana Ross live in concert at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas

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Diana Ross is a living a legend. Her fantastic live shows and TV appearances, especially the ones in the 1970s and 1980s, are two things that made Diana Ross a legend.

Her concert at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas in 1979 is one of those legendary live shows. This concert was later televised and has also surfaced on various DVD releases in later years and of course on YouTube.


In the two first videos below Diana Ross sings Touch Me In The Morning and The Boss from this concert.

This is such a fantastic show from beginning to end. The opening and closing of the show is magnificent! See the entire concert from beginning to end in the last video below!

See my other blog post about Diana Ross here and here. I also recommend you to check out The Official Diana Ross Facebook Page and this wonderful fan site.

I especially recommend the wonderful blog 

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The Bones Howe Sessions (Released 2002)


“And all too soon it was so easy to tell that I was winning in a game…”

March 26, 2002 marked Diana Ross’s 58th birthday, but it was her legions of fans that received an amazing birthday gift.  Motown finally re-released her 1970 debut album, Diana Ross, which had been out-of-print for some time; better yet, the CD came loaded with eight bonus tracks, including live performances, alternate vocals takes, and — best of all — a batch of tracks from the vaults.  Those tracks were produced by Bones Howe, and had apparently been recorded as possibilities for Miss Ross’s debut album as a solo artist.  Her former manager Shelly Burger is quoted in the liner notes of that re-release:  “I had known Bones for a while and he was very hot at the time, particularly with the Fifth Dimension.  The thought was we should go outside the company to do…

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