Music careerDiana Ross, together with Mary Wilson, Florence Ballard and Barbara Martin formed The Primettes in 1959. After signing to Motown, in 1961, they changed the name of the group to The Supremes in 1963. Barbara Martin left the group shortly after and the group carried on until 1967, when they became "Diana Ross and the Supremes". Cindy Birdsong joined the group and Florence quit. During this period the group recorded 12 number one hits.
In January 1970 Diana Ross left the group to start a solo career, finding chart success , notably with the number one song Ain't No Mountain High Enough. Ross also starred in a biopic of Billie Holliday, Lady Sings the Blues, which earned her an Academy Award nomination and a number one album soundtrack.
Ross released a duets album with Marvin Gaye in 1973, entitled Diana and Marvin, scoring several chart hits. In 1975 another return to acting, this time in the film Mahogany (1975) saw the theme song Do You Know Where You're Going To? reach number one. Her second, self titled album charted in the top ten.
A duet with Lionel Richie called Endless Love in 1981 proved to be the biggest record of her career and her last hit on the Motown label. She signed to RCA and had several successful releases. After a downturn in record sales during the mid to late 80's she returned to the Motown fold.