'Diana' by Diana Ross was released 40 years ago today
So much good music, so much drama. Upside Down, I'm Coming Out, My Old Piano...
Diana had a fit when producers Nile Rodgers and Bernard Edwards (of Chic) told her she was singing flat, and she stormed out of the studio. Then she had "gay panic" and thought the album's dance tracks would kill her career. She took the tapes to Motown and had Russ Terrana remix them without the producers' knowledge, so they tried to have their names taken off the album.
Then it was the biggest hit of Diana's career and both sides relaxed a bit. Although they never performed any of the songs live together at the time.
|by Anonymous||reply 12||Last Friday at 2:14 PM|
Wait!! People born in 1980 will be 40 this year? *Screams* BTW, that album cover looks modern.
|by Anonymous||reply 2||Last Friday at 1:37 PM|
Nile Rodgers said Diana didn't understand "I'm Coming Out" was "a gay thing."
|by Anonymous||reply 4||Last Friday at 1:40 PM|
Bitch had a decent career.
|by Anonymous||reply 5||Last Friday at 1:40 PM|
"I'm Coming Out" has one of the best rhythm guitar lines ever:
|by Anonymous||reply 6||Last Friday at 1:40 PM|
My Old Piano was also delightful.
|by Anonymous||reply 7||Last Friday at 1:41 PM|
That is a laughable video devoid of creativity, at R7. She is lunging around, literally, a piano.
|by Anonymous||reply 8||Last Friday at 1:59 PM|
The lyrics are so dumb so I prefer this version
|by Anonymous||reply 9||Last Friday at 1:59 PM|
Aretha Franklin claimed that she originally got these tracks from Nile and Bernard when they approached her about working together. But according to her, they had horrible attitudes and she walked out of the studio. Nile claims he wrote these tracks specifically for Diana.
Diana didn't think much of the album until she played it for legendary NY DJ Frankie Crocker, who told her the songs would ruin her career. That's when she decided to have it remixed for a more commercial sound.
Despite it being the biggest solo album of her career, she has never performed anything from it live aside from Upside Down and I'm Coming Out.
|by Anonymous||reply 10||Last Friday at 2:07 PM|