Diana Ross — more than Supremely memorable
By Bob Karlovits
Published: Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2013, 7:43 p.m.
From her days with the Supremes through her memorable work in “Lady Sings the Blues,” Diana Ross has claimed a large spot in the soundtrack of pop music.
She has found her way onto Hollywood's Walk of Fame as an individual and as a member of the Supremes, as well as gaining membership in Black Entertainment Television's Walk of Fame and the Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame.
Her Aug. 20 show at Heinz Hall, Downtown, is the current manifestation of a 50-year career in acting and singing.
“I do what I do because I love it,” she says in a digital package of sound clips she uses to supplant interviews in tour cities. “I do not understand searching for fame. You do what you do because you love it.”
And you might say you “love” her music, but how deep is your love?
Stop! In the Name of Love, and take this quiz.
1. Diana Ross's first child, Rhonda Ross Kendrick, is the biological daughter of this Motown great ...
a. James Brown
b. Berry Gordy
c. Lamont Dozier
d. William “Smokie” Robinson
2. How many Grammy awards has Diana Ross won?
3. In 1961, she was involved in the marketing of this product ...
a. Supreme Cola
b. Baby Love Towelettes
c. Diana Ross Ultrashears
d. Come See About Me lens cleaner
4. At which of these sporting events did she appear?
a. The Super Bowl halftime show in 1996
b. Singing the Natonal Anthem at the 1982 Super Bowl
c. Singing “God Bless America” 10 days after 9/11 at Shea Stadium
d. All of the above
5. The Supremes in 1961 co-hosted ...
a. “The Tonight Show”
b. “The Muppet Show”
c. “The Mike Douglas Show”
d. The Jerry Lewis Labor Day MDA Telethon
6. She went to what famous arts high school?
a. Cass Technical High in Detroit
b. Gramercy Arts High School in New York City
c. Chicago Academy of the Arts
d. Grand Center Arts Academy in St. Louis
7. The first musical group she formed was ...
a. The Supremes
b. The Splendids
c. The Soul Hearts
d. The Primettes
8. How many No. 1 songs did the Supremes have?
9. After being with the Supremes from 1961, she decided to lead an individual career, touring in ...
10. She was named the “most successful female singer of all time” by ...
a. Capitol Records
b. The Guinness Book of World Records
c. The National Association of Recording Arts and Sciences
Score: 1-3 — You need to start reading the entertainment pages more.
4-8 — You have a Supreme sense of detail.
9-10 — Ain't No Mountain High Enough for you.
Bob Karlovits is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 412-320-7852.
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