As leading lady of the Supremes and then throughout her own solo career, Diana Ross defines the music, the style and the cultural ascendancy of Motown Records. She is its Queen. Her multi-media accomplishments span music, film and television, inspiring millions worldwide. And there’s that central characterization of her in one of this century’s most successful stage musicals, called – yes – Motown The Musical .
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Their story could be said to start back in January 1961. “They were in the studio, just hanging around,” recalled the late Freddie Gorman, who co-wrote the Supremes’ debut release. “Brian Holland and I had them start singing ‘I Want A Guy.’ Berry came in, and said, ‘Are you girls still here? Didn’t I tell you to go home? I don’t want another girl group.’ We told him, ‘Berry, you should hear this song that we’re doing.’ Diana was singing the lead, [Mary, Barbara and Florence] were doing the backgrounds we showed them. And he liked it. Then he got involved, actually wrote some lyrics to it.”