Category: Diana Ross

On this day in music history: May 15, 1976 – &…

On this day in music history: May 15, 1976 – “Love Hangover” by Diana Ross hits #1 on the Billboard R&B singles chart for 1 week, also topping the Hot 100 for 2 weeks on May 29, 1976. Written by Pam Sawyer and Marilyn McLeod, it is the second R&B and fourth pop chart topper for the Motown superstar. With the departure of The Jackson 5 from Motown after the release of their album “Moving Violation”, producer Hal Davis is left without his top act after working together for five years. During this time he hears the original demo of “Love Hangover” in a Motown colleague’s office. Instantly excited about the songs hit potential, he cuts it right away. Recorded at Paramount Studios in Hollywood in mid 1975, it features musicians such as Joe Sample (keyboards), James Gadson (drums), and Henry Davis (of the band L.T.D.) (bass) playing on the track. Davis also comes up with the idea for the songs signature dual tempos, which the musicians are initially resistant to, but he convinces them otherwise. Shortly after, Davis plays the completed track for Berry Gordy who hears it as a smash for Diana Ross. Though initially, Ross doesn’t care for it, but agrees to record it at Gordy’s urging. Upon arriving at the studio, Davis pours her a drink and they get to work. The producer has recording engineer Russ Terrana install a strobe light in the vocal booth to add some ambiance, helping to put Ross in the proper frame of mind. The end results of which are heard on the finished record. “Love Hangover” is rush released as a single in March of 1976 when a competing version by The 5th Dimension is released on ABC Records just before it. Both versions enter the chart the same week on April 3, 1976, with The 5th Dimension’s version stalling at #80 on the Hot 100 the week of April 24, 1976, while Ross’ version soars to the top of the chart three weeks later. Ross’ version of “Love Hangover” also receives a Grammy nomination for Best R&B Vocal Performance, Female in 1977. It is also prominently featured in the film and on the soundtrack of “Looking For Mr. Goodbar” in 1977. The song is also remixed twice, first in 1988 by Phil Harding of PWL (Pete Waterman Limited), and again in 1993 by Frankie Knuckles and Joey Negro for a remix album titled “Diana Extended: The Remixes”. “Love Hangover” has also sampled numerous times by many artists including Digital Underground on a remix version of their single “Freaks Of The Industry”, Will Smith (“Freakin’ It”), Craig Mack (“Rap Hangover”), Bone Thugs-N-Harmony (“Ready 4 War”), 2Pac & Snoop Dogg (“If There’s A Cure (I Don’t Want It”), and Junior M.A.F.I.A. (“We Don’t Need It”). R&B singer Monica’s hit “The First Night” also samples the Diana Ross classic, taking it to the top of the Club Play, R&B and pop singles charts in 1998.

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twixnmix: Diana Ross, Sammy Davis Jr and M…

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Diana Ross, Sammy Davis Jr

and Michael Jackson on The Hollywood Palace on October 18, 1969.

This was the Jackson 5′s first national television appearance.

twixnmix: The Supremes outside EMI headqu…

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The Supremes outside EMI

headquarters at 20 Manchester Square in London, October 1964.

twixnmix: The Supremes outside EMI headqu…

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The Supremes outside EMI

headquarters at 20 Manchester Square in London, October 1964.

On this day in music history: April 18, 1971 -…

On this day in music history: April 18, 1971 – The television special “Diana!” featuring singer Diana Ross is broadcast on the ABC television network. Produced by Motown Productions, choreographed by David Winters (“West Side Story”) and directed by Kip Walton (“Get It Together”, “Jackson 5 – Goin’ Back To Indiana”), the first network television special by the Motown superstar features her along with guest stars Danny Thomas, Bill Cosby and The Jackson 5. The hour long program previews songs from her then forthcoming second solo album “Surrender”, as well as showcasing Diana’s song and dance talents, and as a budding actress in several comedic sketches, including a memorable pantomime segment where she performs as comic legends Charlie Chaplin, Harpo Marx and W.C. Fields. The special spins off an accompanying soundtrack album, and is a rating success. The program is also a major catalyst in Diana Ross making the transition into acting when Paramount Pictures green lights the making of “Lady Sings The Blues” (which begins principle photography later in the year), starring Ross as jazz vocal legend Billie Holiday.

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