Song: “Theme From ‘Mahogany’ (Do You Know Where You’re Going To)” by Diana Ross
Reached #1: January 24, 1976 (her third solo #1, 1 week)
It’s my theory that Diane Ross (her given name and the one she used until just after the Supremes hit it big) always knew where she was going (to), and nobody was going to stand in her way.
I’d probably get an argument from those who thought it was Berry Gordy who “made” Diana Ross a star – after all, didn’t he see the potential, make her the lead of the Supremes, and then push her as a solo performer?
Yes, but she was also Gordy’s secretary in the early days – perhaps she was playing up to the boss? OK, everyone at Motown played up to the boss… but not everyone had the boss’ child (Rhonda Ross Kendrick).
Mind you, I’m not saying this is wrong – if you want to make it in your chosen field, you do everything you can – but I think Gordy gets too much credit and Miss Ross doesn’t get enough for her own career.
She definitely left some wreckage along the way – the Supremes without her definitely weren’t the same, for example, and you probably know about the sniping with Mary Wilson at Motown 25… and you have to wonder about that relationship with the boss when you find out that Gordy may well have been ripping her off.
In the end, she got what she wanted. I suppose that’s all that matters, right?
I’ve always enjoyed one bit of irony about Diana Ross’ career – her last single with the Supremes (which was supposed to be her first solo single) was “Someday We’ll Be Together”. Yeah…
Tomorrow, the biggest soul group ever to come out of Oklahoma City…
Other songs that reached #1 on January 24:
1987 – “At This Moment’” by Billy Vera & the Beaters (their first, 2 weeks)