D offers a dilemma of which deliciously fabulous diva to choose as my number one.
I could start from the wonderful Donna Summer who wasn’t a diva in the real sense of the word, but had a huge impact on disco music in the seventies and eighties or I could go for the the lady that reigns supreme in my mind and is one of Motown’s greatest stars- Ms Diana Ross. Too hard to choose – they both make the list.
I’m starting with the Disco Queen – She made us Feel Love and sang about a State of independence, a lot of deep meaning in that song.
Donna Summer sashayed into our lives in 1975 with Love to Love You Baby, as a child I didn’t quite get it, but then the penny dropped. She said she recorded that song’s breathy, moaning vocals lying on her back on the studio floor with the lights out, thinking about how Marilyn Monroe might coo the words. It was and still is right on the money, methinks!
In an industry where stars are here today and gone tomorrow, Donna Summer will always be remembered for creating iconic music that sounds even better today. 41 years after it was released I feel love sounds fresh and original, I still can’t dance to it, but boy do I love it. Her career had its ups and downs, but she always created music that got her back on top reclaiming the spotlight.
Donna passed away on May 17, 2012, from lung cancer, at her home in Naples, Florida. When she died President Obama released a statement, saying, “Her voice was unforgettable, and the music industry has lost a legend far too soon.”
RIP Ms Summer.
Diana began singing in an all girl group called the Primettes, she sang with friends Mary Wilson, Florence Ballard and Barbara Martin. Barbara Martin dropped out, but the remaining members of the group went on to become the internationally successful 1960s R&B and pop trio the Supremes .
They were signed to Motown Records by label founder Berry Gordy Jr., in 1961, they scored their first No. 1 hit with Where Did Our Love Go?(1964), and went on to break music records by having a run of five singles topping the charts— Baby Love (1964), Come See About Me(1964) Stop! In the Name of Love (1965) and Back in My Arms Again(1965) — and becoming the first U.S. group ever to have five songs in a row to reach No 1.
Diana left the Supremes in 1969 and released classic the Top 20 Reach Out and Touch Somebody’s Hand and the No. 1 Ain’t No Mountain High Enough.