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Stop! Diana Ross Is Having A Birthday!

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Singer, actress and all round entertainer Diana Ross is 76 on the 26th of March.

When she was 15 Diana joined the female singing group The Primettes, who members included future other Supreme Florence Ballard.

Championed by her former neighbour Smokey Robinson from The Miracles, the group recorded a single called Tears of Sorrow.

The song failed but eventually Berry Gordy signed them to Motown on the condition they changed their name.

They became The Supremes and in '62 had settled on the trio of Diana, Florence and Mary Wells.

Their first six singles didn't chart but in '64 Where Did Our Love Go hit Number One, starting a string of hits in the 60's.

You Can't Hurry Love, You Keep Me Hanging On, Love Child, Reflections, Baby Love and Stop! In The Name of Love were all smash hits.

Diana left the group in 1970 and launched a solo career starting with the single Reach Out & Touch Somebody.

It was a top 20 hit as were Ain't No Mountain High Enough, Touch Me In The Morning, Love Hangover and Theme from Mahogonny in the 70's.

In '72 she played the lead in the movie Lady Sings The Blues and in '78 she appeared opposite Michael Jackson in the film The Wiz.

The new decade started with one of Diana's biggest hits, Upside Down, followed by another smash, I'm Coming Out, both from the Diana album.

In '81 she released the chart topping duet with Lionel Richie, Endless Love, the title track from the movie.

Some of her other hits in the 80's hits include Why Do Fools Fall In Love, Swept Away, Missing You and Chain Reaction.

In '85 she was a part of the charity group USA For Africa that recorded We Are The World.

Over the past 30 years Diana has released a further six albums and continued to perform live.

She has received numerous awards over her career and in 1993 the Guinness Book Of Records declared her the most successful female music artist in history.

She is the only female artist to have a Number One single as a solo artist, half of a duet, in a trio and as an ensemble member.

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