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    Diana Ross: 70 Greatest Moments

    The Campaign to Bring Diana Ross to Simsbury Proudly Presents - Diana Ross: 70 Greatest Moments. The inspiration for this list was to celebrate Diana Ross' 70th birthday with her 70 greates moments. These moments were curated for The Campaign to Bring Diana Ross to Simsbury by Sean Lyons, writer Dustin Fitzharris, and Diana Ross historian and founder of the "Reach Out International Fan Club" Gregg Simon. I put the moments in order based on merit. It wasn't an easy task as all of these moments are "Shining Moments," or "Stolen Moments" and there are even "magic moments" that didn't make it onto this list. However if I didn't put them in order, I couldn't count them down.My intention for this list is to celebrate the ongoing legacy of Miss Diana Ross. I hope you enjoy reading as much as I did creating it. - Sean

    70. Diana is honored as a Legend at Oprah's Legends Ball. (2005)

    69. Diana Ross Pays Tribute to Stevie Wonder at the 2004 Billboard Awards.

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    In 2006 Billboard Magazine Honored Stevie Wonder with the Century Award at their annual Billboard Music Awards. In conjunction with this prestigious honor the awards produced a tribute featuring some of the top names in the music industry including, Destiny’s Child and Mary J. Blige. Diana closed the tribute with a medley of Stevie’s greatest hits, “My Cherie Amor,” “I Just Called to Say I Love You,” and “For Once in My Life.” Although Diana was battling a cold at the time of her performance, she never lost control of the songs, even giving them a warmer richness on the lower notes. Never one to shy away from a grand costume change Diana manages to rock three dramatic looks with just one dress, and her infectious and electric energy brings the crowd to their feet. Diana proves to be not only the highlight of the tribute but of the entire awards show, cold and all.

    68. Diana Performs for our troops on a 1980 Bob Hope TV Special.

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    Few Artists have a stronger work ethic than Diana Ross. On this day Diana is filming a television special for the troops with the legendary Bob Hope before flying to Vegas for two shows later in the evening. She sings a medley of flight themed songs such as “Come Fly With Me” with Mr. Hope. In this clip Diana is out in the crowd getting troops to sing her hit, “Reach Out and Touch (Somebody’s Hand)". By the end of the song Miss Ross has the whole crowd holding hands and swaying from side to side as she often does in her concerts. Few performers have the ability to win over an audience in such a commanding way as seen in this memorable moment.

    67. Diana Performs at Giants Stadium (1982)

    66. Diana Ross Returns to Motown & releases "Working Overtime" (1989)

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    Diana Ross has been crowned the Queen of Motown. It wasn’t just a record label it was a movement in American culture and Diana Ross was at the forefront. When she left to sign a deal with RCA in 1980 it was a big deal. However by decades end The Queen was returned to her kingdom. In 1989 Diana re-signed with Motown records in a landmark deal that afforded her shares in the company. Diana’s 1st album upon returning was the hip and fresh sounding “Working Overtime” co-produced by Nile Rogers.

    65. Diana Launches "More Today Than Yesterday Tour" (2010)

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    In 2010 fans were thrilled to learn that Diana would be heading back out on the road with a full scale production. The “More Today Than Yesterday Tour” was a nearly two hour tour de force through many of Diana’s greatest hits, as well as some rarely performed fan favorites. Diana was backed by a powerhouse band complete with a horn and string section. The show featured a beautiful set with a spiral staircase and video screen which played retrospectives from her illustrious career. Diana dedicated this special tour to the memory of her friend Michael Jackson. Closing the show with a medley of “Missing You,” “You Are Not Alone,” and “I Love You.”

    64. Diana Ross Return to the Stage in 2004. "This is It" Tour Europe/USA (2004)

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    After a brief hiatus from the stage Miss Ross returned in 2004 with the “This is It” Tour. The tour kicked off in Europe and then traveled to the US. Diana was back and better than ever with most shows clicking in over two hours. Diana performed all the hits as well as some rare songs, such as the anthemic “I Ain’t Been Licked.” By many fan accounts Diana reached the pinnacle of her live performance career when the tour culminated in Hollywood, California at the landmark Pantages Theatre. Before an intimate crowd of fans, industry professionals, Motown alum, and her mentor Berry Gordy, Diana proved once again she was the boss.

    63. Diana Ross & The Supremes Farewell Concert (1970)

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    On January 14th, 1970 Diana Ross gave her final performance with the Supremes. In this audio clip Diana Ross, Mary Wilson, and Cindy Birdsong perform their 12th #1 hit. “Someday We’ll Be Together.” to a sold out crowd at the Frontier in Las Vegas. It seems Diana doesn’t want the moment to end, as she asks music director Gil Askey to play the the refrain again.

    62. "When The Love Light Starts Shining Through His Eyes" lands at #23 on the charts (1963)

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    "When The Love Light Starts Shining Through His Eyes" lands at #23 on the charts giving The Supremes their first top 40 hit!

    61. Diana Ross releases the album "Surrender" (1971)

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    Written by Nick Ashford and Valerie Simpson, the hit making team behind “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough,” “Surrender” is a standout album from Diana’s 70’s Motown catalogue. It is a significant release because it is arguably the last time until the 90’s that Diana records an album of classic soul style music. “Surrender” demonstrates her ability to navigate this genre expertly while also using restraint and not over-singing the songs. In addition to the title track and many other great cuts, “Surrender” features the international hit “Remember Me” and Diana’s haunting cover of “Reach Out (I’ll Be There)”

    60. I Thought That We Were Still In Love ( Live) (1995)

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    In the summer of 1995 a couple months before releasing “Take Me Higher” Diana Ross set out on tour to pre-promote the project. Audiences were getting their first taste of these new songs from Diana. The most intimate moment in the show came when Diana sat at the lip of the stage and sang the ballad “I Thought That We Were Still In Love.” This song wasn’t a hit, it wasn’t a single and the album wasn’t even out yet. None of that mattered, night after night you could hear a pin drop in the arena as she emoted this song, followed each time by a standing ovation. This is the perfect example of how Diana can conjure a moment. Diana Ross is a master at delivering a song because if the lyrics ache, she aches. The pureness and genuineness of her delivery connects her to her audience.

    59. Diana Ross & The Supremes release "Reflections" (1967)

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    The Diana Ross and The Supreme’s classic “Reflections” was the first single released under their new moniker. Previously billed as “The Supremes” Berry Gordy found he could charge more for a singer and a group and beginning changing the titles of all of the groups at Motown. The Supremes became “Diana Ross and the Supremes.” The song was a #1 hit on the Cashbox charts.

    58. Diana Ross appears on "The Late Show with David Letterman" to promote "Take Me Higher" (1995)

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    Diana Ross returns to the "Ed Sullivan" Theater where she and The Supremes first appeared on "The Ed Sullivan Show" 30 years earlier. In this clip Diana is back performing her #1 dance hit "Take Me Higher." It is clear Dave has a genuine affection for Diana and their chemistry, combined with a flawless, sexy and energetic performance lands this great moment on our countdown.

    57. Diana Ross and The Supremes pay tribute to Fats Waller on "The Ed Sullivan Show" (1967)

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    One of the most beloved television appearances by Diana Ross and The Supremes on Ed Sullivan. Here the ladies pay tribute to the great Fats Waller .

    56. Diana Releases "Not Over You Yet" (1999)

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    In 1999 Diana released the album "Every Day is a New Day." The long awaited follow up to 1995's "Take Me Higher," "Every Day is a New Day" soon became a fan favorite. In England the Metro Remix of the single "Not Over You Yet" became a top 10 hit with a stunning music video. "Not Over You Yet" landed at #9 on the UK charts and #3 on the Belgium charts, and spent several weeks on MTV UK's top ten video countdown "TRL."

    55. "Back in My Arms Again" hits #1 (1965)

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    In the summer of 1965 The Supremes earned their fifth #1 hit in the span of just 2 years with the release of the classic "Back in My Arms Again."

    54. "Love Hnagover" hits #1. (1976)

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    “Love Hangover” became a #1 single for Diana Ross on May 29th 1976. “Love Hangover” was Diana’s first foray into the new disco trend.

    53. "You Can't Hurry Love" The Supremes Seventh #1.

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    The Supremes garner their seventh #1 single. It was #1 on the charts between September 4, 1966 to September 17, 1966.

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    51. Diana Ross - "Amazing Grace" (Christmas in Washington)

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    This moment was chosen on the merit of the beautiful quality of Diana's vocal performance here. Diana looks radiant in a couture ball gown. But more than that, it is special to watch the legendary Diana Ross, who often experienced racism while on tour with The Supremes in the sixties south, standing five decades later, with all the accomplishments to her name, singing before our nations first black president and celebrating the season of giving.

    50. Diana Ross fills in for Johnny Carson and guest hosts "The Tonight Show"

    49. Diana performs "It's My Turn" & "Only Love Can Conquer All" on Oprah (2000)

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    In 2000 Diana stopped by the Oprah Show to promote her "Return to Love Tour." A brilliantly staged arena tour designed to celebrate the music of The Supremes. While there Diana gave an impassioned and impromptu performance of her hit "It's My Turn." She sang it so beautifully that even she got emotional. Then in Oprah's "Remembering Your Spirit" segment Diana sings "Only Love Can Conquer All" one of the most powerful cuts from her "Take Me Higher" album. At the end of the song Diana, completely unexpectedly, gives the microphone to Theresa Griffin, a member of the choir, and walks to the edge of the stage, watches Theresa lovingly for a moment, then walks off set, generously letting Theresa finish the song. After the song Theresa is immediately stunned and starts crying at the incredibly generous act from one of the worlds greatest singers. This moment shows the humble generosity Miss Ross possesses that she is rarely credited for.

    48. Diana sings "Strange Fruit" A Capella at Billie Holidays induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. (2000)

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    In 2000 Diana was on hand to pay tribute to Billie Holiday for her induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Diana walks to the podium, but instead of reciting a prepared speech Diana launches into an a capella version of "Strange Fruit" a song made famous by Billie Holiday. It is a somber song about lynchings in the south, and it is a technically difficult song to sing. The room of industry professionals look on in awe and complete silence. Diana sings every note of the gut wrenching song flawlessly and is met by thunderous applause by the stunned crowd at it's conclusion.

    47. Diana is interviewed on "Inside The Actors Studio" (2007)

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    In 2007 while promoting her album "I Love You" Diana appeared on "Inside The Actors Studio" hosted by James Lipton. This is a very special show because the host focuses not on the tabloid aspects of an artists career but their artistry, their history and their personality. For that reason, this is a very special interview. In this clip Diana talks about her roots and gives an impromptu performance of her mothers favorite spiritual, "His Eye Is On The Sparrow." Diana featured this song on her Christmas album "A Very Special Season" and it was no doubt an inspiration for the title of her book "Secrets Of A Sparrow."

    46. Diana Ross hosts "The Muppet Show" (1980)

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    "The Muppets" created by Jim Henson have been an institution in entertainment for nearly 5 decades. They've recently released two new movies and held a television special with Lady Gaga. This is a great moment because it shows Diana, an institution in entertainment in her own right, interacting with this long beloved characters while hosting her very own episode of "The Muppet Show."

    45. Diana sings on "We Are The World" (1985)

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    "We Are the World" was written by Michael Jackson and Lionel Richie and produced by Quincy Jones. It was performed by the "supergroup" USA for Africa. The group featured 48 of the most prominent musicians in music at the time. The charity single went to benefit humanitarian aid in Africa and raised of 63 million dollars. Artists featured included Michael Jackson, Lionel Richie, Stevie Wonder, Billy Joel, Bob Dylan, Tina Turner, Ray Charles among many other notable artists. Diana gets her own line at 1:37.

    44. Diana performs "God Bless America" for the Clinton Inauguration Gala in Washington D.C. (1993)

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    In 1993 Bill Clinton was one of the hippest presidents we'd had in a while. He had rock stars on hand for his Inauguration gala in Washington, including Michael Jackson and Diana Ross. Diana performed "God Bless America" with a notable high note at the end.

    43. Diana Ross hosts the American Music Awards. (1987)

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    In 1987 Diana hosted the 14th annual American Music Awards. She opened the show with an over the top performance of her single "Touch By Touch" that included two costume changes!

    42. Diana Ross performs an intimate "One Night Only" concert singing the songs of Billie Holiday in NYC (1992)

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    In December of 1992 Diana performed an intimate “One Night Only” show at The Ritz Carlton in New York City. Diana sang the songs of Billie Holiday who she had portrayed in her film “Lady Sings the Blues.” The concert featured musicians who had performed with Billie Holiday and was music directed by Gil Askey who had worked with Diana on the soundtrack for the film “Lady Sings The Blues” as well as on many of the Supremes live shows. The show was recorded and aired on PBS. It was later released as a live album and VHS. The album was called “Stolen Moments: The Lady Sings Jazz & Blues.”

    41. Diana Ross produces her own Emmy Award winning television specials (1981/87)

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    After leaving Motown and moving to RCA Diana formed companies to oversee production of every aspect of her career. This included "Anaid Films" through which she would produce two of her most iconic television specials, "Diana" in 1981 and "Red Hot Rhythm and Blues" in 1987. In this clip Diana performs with Michael Jackson in her 1981 special.

    40. Diana Ross performs the "Leading Lady Medley" on "GIT On Broadway" (1969)

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    GIT on Broadway was Motowns follow up to the successful TCB special. A standout moment from the special is Diana's Leading Lady Medley. Only two months before Diana would leave The Supremes, The Leading Lady Medley demonstrates that Diana can carry the show as she moves through costumes and songs from some of Broadways most iconic shows.

    39. Diana stars in "Out of Darkness" (1994)

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    In 1994 Diana once again proved her acting prowess, starring in the TV film "Out of Darkness." In the film Diana is gripping as a 42-year-old woman just finished with her third year of medical school who is sidelined by a particularly destructive bout of paranoid schizophrenia, a condition she's aware of and has lived with since her mid-20's. The delusions and voices come and go, but when a kindly doctor intervenes with a new drug, Paulie (Ross) has a chance to rebuild her life. It is a sensitive and educational film that strives to teach the viewer something about mental illness (as well as the shame family members feel about the disease, and their eventual acceptance of it). Diana takes on this highly dramatic, unglamorous role and gives it bitterness, rage, confusion, and finally hope.

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    38. Diana receives the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award. (2012)

    37. Guiness Book of World Records names Diana Ross "Most Successful Female Artist in History"

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    In 1993, the Guinness Book of World Records declared Ross the "Most successful Female Music Artist in History" due to her success in the United States and United Kingdom for having more hits than any female artist in the charts with a career total of 150 hit singles and albums in the US and UK since 1963. Diana has sold more than 100 million records worldwide when her releases with the Supremes and as a solo artist are tallied.

    36. Diana Ross and Marvin Gaye release the duets album "Diana & Marvin" (1973)

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    In 1973 two of the most defining voices in soul & pop music, label mates Diana Ross and Marvin Gaye came together to record a duets album. The result is the album "Diana & Marvin." The albums iconic cover has often been imitated and the timeless songs have been sampled and covered many times by several artists through out the years. The album sold over a million copies worldwide.

    35. Diana releases the album "Take Me Higher" (1995)

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    More than 30 years after achieving her first career #1 Diana would release arguably one of the best albums of her career. The title track “Take Me Higher” became a #1 hit on the dance chart. "Take Me Higher" is an album that showcases all of Diana's greatest talents and it's one of the most well rounded albums of her career. Diana moves from genre to genre without the album ever seeming choppy. Diana seamlessly moves from House, to R&B, to Pop, and Jazz. Although the album is very contemporary and fits in perfectly with the musical landscape of 1995, the material never sounds to be trying to hard, furthermore, nearly twenty years after it's release the music still sounds fresh making this album a timeless classic. Diana set out to make a grown up, sophisticated album while being current and contemporary and she achieved it and then some. Like "Surrender" before it this album was not as commercially successful as it should have been given the high quality of the work consistently from the beginning to the end of this album.

    34. Diana releases "The Boss" album (1979)

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    In 1979 Diana teamed up with collaborators Nick Ashford and Valerie Simpson for "The Boss." Both the album and the single of the same name reached #1 on the dance chart. In addition to the title track "The Boss" also featured some of the best disco songs of Diana's career including, "No One Gets The Prize," "I Ain't Been Licked," and "It's My House."

    33. Diana releases "Touch Me In The Morning" album (1973)

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    "Touch Me in The Morning" marked Diana's triumphant return to pop. Diana spent the prior year filming and promoting her film "Lady Sings The Blues." The title track was written and produced by Michael Masser and became a #1 hit on 7/28/73. The album also contains beautiful covers of The Carpenter's hit "I Won't Last A Day Without You" and John Lennon's "Imagine." In only nine songs the album is another of her most solid works from her 70's Motown output. From beautiful ballads like "We Need You," "Leave A Little Room" and "All of My Life," to socially conscious songs like "My Baby (My Baby, My Own)" and "Brown Babies/Save The Children." "Touch Me In the Morning," is essential listening for any Diana fan.

    32. "Stop! In The Name Of Love" (1965)

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    The Supremes release "Stop! In The Name of Love" and land their 4th #1 hit on March 27th 1965. To this day people from all generations and cultures know the lyrics and iconic choreography to this classic.

    31. Billboard Magazine names Diana Ross "Female Entertainer of the Century" (1976)

    30. Diana performs around the world with the tenors Plácido Domingo and José Carreras.

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    In 1992 Diana performed in a special Christmas concert in Vienna with tenors Plácido Domingo and José Carreras. The concert was filmed and aired as a PBS special entitled "Christmas In Vienna." The Special was later released on CD and home video. In 1997 the three singer teamed up again for a concert in Osaka, Japan. In this clip Diana performs her 1991 hit "When You Tell Me That You Love Me" with José Carreras proving not only can she hold her own among the best singers in the world, she is one of them.

    29. "Missing You" (1984)

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    Lionel Richie wrote and produced "Missing You" as a tribute to the late Marvin Gaye, a friend and collaborator of Diana's. The song was a top 10 hit for Diana and the video served not only as a tribute to Marvin Gaye but also original Supremes member Florence Ballard and Paul Williams of The Temptations.

    28. Diana Ross makes her 1st solo tv appearance on Dinah Shore Special "Like Hep"

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    In 1969 Diana made her 1st solo tv appearance on the the Dina Shore Special "Like Hep." Also on the special was notable guest Lucille Ball and the three women performed together. This appearance is notable because it was helping to establish Diana as a separate solo act prior to her departure from the Supremes. It was part of Berry Gordy's plan to get America to think of Diana Ross as a solo act. Diana nails her performance of a medley from "Hair" in this clip, proving that she was more than worthy of being on her own.

    27. Diana performs in South Africa and meets Nelson Mandela (1998)

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    In 1998 Diana brings her “Voice of Love” concert to South Africa. She meets Nelson Mandela and the legendary leader is quoted as saying “I don’t go to many concerts anymore, but tonight I’m going to hers.” The highlight of the show occurs when Diana performs “Reach Out and Touch (Somebody’s Hand)” and “Only Love Can Conquer All” with a South African choir. Miss Ross would later say that getting to perform for Nelson Mandela was one of the greatest highlights of her professional career.

    26. Diana Ross stars in "The Wiz" (1978)

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    In 1978 Diana starred as Dorothy in the film version of the Broadway musical "The Wiz." Her performance is exuberant and energetic, and her vocal performance are some of the best of her career.

    25. Diana performs "God Bless America" at the Mets Game 9/21/2001.

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    In the moments and days following the attacks on 9/11/2001 everything in America stopped. The whole country was grieving and felt uncertain. On 9/21/2001 the New York Mets were set to play the first major league baseball game since 9/11. Diana Ross, America's dream girl was on hand to sing "God Bless America," her soaring soprano lent comfort in a time of great sorrow.

    24. "Baby Love" hits #1

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    From the claps to the crooned "OOh - Ooh -OOh" the first few seconds of this song is one of the most iconic and recognizable of any in pop music history. "Baby Love" became The Supremes 2nd #1 hit on October 25th, 1964 and stayed at the top until November 21st, 1964. The song also has a spot on Rolling Stone Magazines "500 Greatest Songs of All Time."

    23. Diana receives the "Kennedy Center Honor" (2007)

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    In 2007 Diana Ross was honored with the prestigious Kennedy Center Honor for contribution to the arts. This is by far one of the highest honors an artist can receive and very few pop musicians have been awarded it. Diana has received many tributes and often times they are sweet but pale in comparison to the original diva. In this tribute all of the performances are really great but it is Yolanda Adams who steals the show with her version of “Reach Out and Touch (Somebody’s Hand)” Diana is cleared very moved by the beautiful rendition and tribute that is befitting a queen. In this clip at marker 9:12 you can see Diana’s children, her daughter Rhonda wipes away tears. At 9:30 watch for fellow honoree Steve Martin’s smile at Diana, genuinely happy for her moment. If Diana was writing this list, she would certainly list her children as her life’s greatest moments. All 5 of them were on hand this night in D.C. to celebrate their mother. My favorite part of this moment in this tribute is at 9:50 when Diana’s daughter Tracee can be seen telling her siblings, Ross, Evan and Rhonda (Chudney is sitting behind Diana in the balcony) “Look at Mom” who is radiantly beaming as she takes in the honor that is so deserved her. It is beautiful to see how proud they all are of their mom, to Diana being their mom has always been her most honorable work and finest moments.

    22. "I Hear A Symphony"

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    On November 14th, 1965 "I Hear a Symphony" becomes The Supremes quickest single to reach #1 where it holds the position until November 27th, 1965.

    21. The Supremes play the Copa!

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    "The Supremes at the Copa is a live album The Supremes, recorded during their debut engagement at the prestigious Copacabana nightclub in New York City. Released in the late fall of 1965, At the Copa was the first live album issued by The Supremes, and the only live album issued by the group's best-known lineup of Diana Ross, Florence Ballard, and Mary Wilson. The Supremes were following Ella Fitzgerald, Lena Horne, Sammy Davis, Jr., Sarah Vaughan, Nat King Cole, and Sam Cooke, among the first African-American entertainers to appear at the Copa, and playing the club was seen by Motown CEO Berry Gordy as an in-roads into the conservative white middle-America market. Gordy and the Motown staff, including vocal director Maurice King and choreographer Cholly Atkins, invested significant amounts of time and money into preparing the Supremes for their Copa debut." - wikipedia.

    20. Diana is Honored with a Second Star on The Hollywood Walk of Fame

    19. Diana Ross Live at Caesars Palace 1979 HBO Special

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    Diana Ross' 1979 concert special is one of her fans most beloved concerts. The incredible intro was innovative and spellbinding in it's time. QuestLove the drummer from The Roots had this to say regarding his memories of this concert: "You don’t know how much that intro haunts me," he shared. "I know there’s been an elevated level of making grand entrances, especially the way that Michael Jackson elevated it in the '80s and '90s. And with technology today, there are even more grandiose entrances. But something about seeing her come down an endless flight of stairs and then come through the screen, and then leave the same way with five people carrying her, had a very extreme, eerie effect on me. That image is stuck in my head. Maybe it was just being eight years old. You tend to become a massive sponge when you’re in those formative years and you remember things. They affect you deeply.It’s different from me watching it now in my early 40s and thinking, 'Oh, that’s nice,' Quest continued. "But to see it then, I would just rewind it over and over. I was amazed at how they coordinated it all. Beyoncé herself said that was one of her favorite bits of Diana Ross footage to kind of emulate and follow. Diana Ross definitely holds a special place in my childhood years."

    18. Diana! TV Special.

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    "Diana!" was Diana Ross' 1st television special it aired on April 18th 1971. The show features special guests The Jackson 5 and Bill Cosby. The show was a hit in the ratings and earned Diana and costume designer Bob Mackie Emmy nominations.

    17. Diana signs with RCA records and releases "Why Do Fools Fall In Love"

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    In 1981 Diana left her home at Motown seeking more independence and control over her career. Diana signed with RCA for 20 million dollars. Diana released her 1st album for RCA "Why Do Fools Fall in Love" and has hit singles with the title track as well as the sultry "Mirror, Mirror."

    16. "Love Child"

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    "Love Child" signals a changing sound for Diana Ross and The Supremes. The single lands at #1 on the charts on November 30th 1968 knocking The Beatles "Hey Jude" out of the top spot. "Love Child" remains their until December 14th 1968, and is Diana Ross & The Supremes best selling single.

    15. Diana on the cover of Vanity Fair (1989)

    14. Diana Ross hosts The Academy Awards (1974)

    13. Diana Ross & The Supremes perform on TCB (1968)

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    TCB, which stands for "Taking Care of Business" was a Motown produced television special starring "Diana Ross & The Supremes" and "The Temptations." The special was the first rock tv special of it's kind and was #1 in the ratings. The corresponding soundtrack album was #1 on the charts, giving Diana and The Supremes their third consecutive #1 album in 3 years. In this clip Diana performs the standard "Somewhere" from the broadway smash "West Side Story." The song was a staple in The Supremes live act at the time and was particularly poignant given the civil rights struggles of the time. As the music comes to a break in the middle of the song Diana references Dr. Martin Luther King Jr's famous "Dream" Speech. Diana brings the message of the song, and the sentiment of Dr. King's speech home in a brilliant performance that went out to more American living rooms than any other program airing that night.

    12. Diana Ross & The Supremes Host "The Hollywood Palace" (1969)

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    Continuing to set the stage for Diana's exit from The Supremes, "The Hollywood Palace" was another platform for Miss Ross to show she was a solo star. In this very special clip Diana duets with the legendary Ethel Waters.

    11. Diana Ross wins a Golden Globe (1973)

    10. "Endless Love"

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    Written by Lionel Richie for the film of the same name, this duet between Diana and Lionel becomes the biggest selling single of Diana’s career. It reached #1 on August 15th 1981 and held it’s position until October 10th 1981. It has been named “The best Duet Of All Time,” and in 2013 Billboard Magazine named it the “Greatest Love Song of all Time.”

    9. Diana Ross mounts her one woman show "An Evening With Diana Ross" on Broadway & wins a Tony Award!

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    In 1977 Diana Ross launched a one woman show called "An Evening with Diana Ross." In the tour de force performance Diana sang through many of her number one hits, as well as standards like "Smile" & "Send in the Clowns." She didn't stop there, she payed tribute to Billie Holiday, Josephine Baker, Ethel Waters, and Bessie Smith. The show also contained Diana's telling of Harry Neilson's "The Point" and a clever re-writing of many of the songs from "A Chorus Line" to illustrate Diana's life story. The show won Diana a Tony Award that year for it's run at the Palace Theatre on Broadway.

    8. Diana Ross stars in "Mahogany"

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    In 1975 Diana followed her star turn in "Lady Sings the Blues" with "Mahogany." Diana plays Tracy Chambers, a poor African-American woman who rises to become a popular fashion designer in Rome. The film featured many glamorous locations and photo shoots. Diana Ross personally designed all the costumes for the film. The theme from Mahogany "Do You Know (Where You're Going To?)" went to #1 on the charts on January 18th 1976. The song was nominated for an academy award for best original song . Diana performed the song at the Academy Awards ceremony via satellite, becoming the first performer to do a via satellite performance on an award show.

    7. Diana releases the "Diana" album (1980)

    6. "Ain't No Mountain High Enough" (1970)

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    By July of 1970, just six months after leaving The Supremes, it became abundantly clear that Diana Ross was a smash hit as a solo act when her version of “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” was released. Wanting to distinguish Diana's version from the original, Ashford and Simpson gave this version a more gospel feeling. Ashford and Simpson provide background vocals for the song along with the Adantes who had also sung behind Diana on The Supremes track, "Someday We'll Be Together." Diana's version took off up the charts landing at #1 on the hot 100 and RnB charts. To this day it is still one Diana's most famous and recognized songs.

    5. Diana Ross Headlines the Super Bowl Halftime Show. (1996)

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    In 1996 Diana was promoting one of the best albums of her career “Take Me Higher,” as part of that promotion she was asked to perform at the Superbowl XXX Halftime Show presented by Radio City Productions. Diana appears atop a pedestal of pyrotechnics but the performance is largely without glitzy special effects. It’s clear Diana Ross is the main event. Diana Ross is the first female performer to headline the Super Bowl halftime show completely solo. True to form Diana manages to make 5 costume changes in the course of 12 minutes. Diana sings several hits from each segment of her career. Diana closed her set with “Take Me Higher” and in a moment that music and sports fans she made her grand exit via helicopter as 95 million viewers watched in wonderment.

    4. The Supremes make their debut appearance on "The Ed Sullivan Show" (1964)

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    With three #1 hits under their belt “The Supremes” were invited to perform their #1 hit "Come See About Me" on the “Ed Sullivan Show” for the very first time on Dec. 27 1964. "The Ed Sullivan Show was the biggest show on TV at the time, in a culture where there were still only a few stations. Being on "The Ed Sullivan Show" meant you had arrived. Oprah names watching Diana Ross and The Supremes on "The Ed Sullivan Show" one of the most defining moments of her life. The Supremes would go on to appear on “The Ed Sullivan Show” a total of 17 times.

    3. "Where Did Our Love Go?" (1964)

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    In August of 1964 The Supremes achieved their first #1 single with the smash “Where Did Our Love Go”

    2. Diana Stars in "Lady Sings The Blues." (1972)

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    In her acting debut Diana Ross hit it out of the park in her dramatic portrayal of troubled jazz and blues legend Billie Holiday. Diana was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actress. The Soundtrack went to #1 on the charts and was one of the highest selling albums of Diana Ross’ career. The film was co produced by Paramount and Motown. It was a landmark moment for black film and is still beloved all over the world to this day.

    1. Diana Ross Live in Central Park: For One and For All. (1983)

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    "It took me a lifetime to get here, I'm not going anyway" shouted a determined Diana Ross to a crowd estimated at 500,000 in New York City's Central Park as rain barreled down on her and the audience. In July 1983 Diana Ross planned a free concert in New York City's Central Park. Proceeds from merchandise sold at the show were to go to build a Children's playground in the park. What started as a beautiful day suddenly turned dark and stormy. As the rain came down and the wind tore through the air Diana sang her anthem "Reach Out and Touch (Somebody's Hand)." Her hair and vibrant orange cape blew through the wind behind her. She waved her hands through the air in one of the most dramatic scenes in music history. As the rain came down harder and harder and the sky turned pitch black Diana knew the crowds safety was in her hands. She calmly asked the crowd to begin to exit the park.

    The power of her energy permeated the torrential rain and spread out over the people. They listened to her. With only minor exceptions everyone made it out of the park safely that night to the credit of Miss Ross. She spoke calmly, she risked her safety for the good of the crowd and she stated and restated her intention for everyone to leave safely. She calmly sang "Endless Love" as the crowd exited the park. In the clip posted here you'll notice most of the instruments are no longer playing as their amps have short circuited from the rain. Watch as she speaks to the crowd, the spot lights are going out one by one. Every part of the production was being destroyed but it didn't stop Diana from promising to come back the next day, before even knowing if she'd get approval from the city. She would keep her promise and return the next day. It was a beautiful sunny day and the concert went off without a hitch. The only issue left was that all the merchandise was destroyed in the storm and remounting the production for a second day cost a fortune. There was no money left for the children's playground Diana had promised. So Diana funded the playground out of her own pocket. Today the Diana Ross playground can be found at West 81st Street and Central Park West. The concert has been called one of the greatest moments in rock and roll history. TV Guide named it one of the greatest moments in television history and in 2008 Diana was honored by TV Land for this historic moment.

    Diana recalls in her memoir that producing this concert was a larger task than she'd ever imagined. However she eloquently points out, "What a famished world we would live in if we only took on what we were sure we could handle." It is in the spirit of this quote that I endeavor to take on tasks that seem bigger than I am. For instance, inviting the legendary Diana Ross to perform a concert in my hometown, or compiling this list of 70 moments. I hope you will take this quote with you and do something you never dreamed you could. That is the reason this concert is #1, because that is Diana Ross' legacy. Dreaming bigger than you ever thought possible, and then working as hard as you can and never quitting until you realize your greatest potential. Thank You Diana Ross. XO