When I was asked if I was interested in being a part of 53rdand3rd, I immediately knew I wanted to do this. And I knew exactly who I wanted to write about as my first contribution: my earliest musical love, Diana Ross. As little girls in the early 1970s, my sister wanted to be a white horse when she grew up, and I wanted to be Diana Ross. Diana’s voice is unique, warm and sexy, and it was love at first listen for me.
Her album “Everything Is Everything” was released in 1970. It was released close on the heels of her successful first solo album. On it, she covers the Beatles and Aretha Franklin, and performs a version of Burt Bacharach’s ‘Close To You’ which The Carpenters made famous that same year. Diana has a gift for making every song she sings her own.
I would listen to this album over and over again while dancing around my room. I was mesmerized by her photograph on the cover of the album, which is a sharp contrast to the picture used for the cover of her previous album. Although it was not as commercially successful as some of her other work, “Everything Is Everything” contains some wonderful tracks.
- “My Place”
- “Ain’t No Sad Song”
- “Everything Is Everything”
- “Baby It’s Love”
- “I’m Still Waiting”
- “Doobedood’ndoobe, Doobedood’ndoobe, Doobedood’ndoo”
- “Come Together”
- “The Long and Winding Road”
- “Call Me”
- “How About You?”
- “(They Long to Be) Close to You”
Diana Ross- Everything Is Everything