The Only NEW Diana Ross Album (12/3/81)

This full-page ad ran in Jet magazine on December 3, 1981 — 35 years ago this week!

That week, Why Do Fools Fall In Love was sitting at #15 on the Billboard 200, and the title track was top 10 on the Billboard Hot 100.  These were Diana’s first releases under her blockbuster new contract with RCA Records, after spending nearly 20 years signed to Motown.

Note the bold text across the top of the ad: THE ONLY NEW DIANA ROSS ALBUM.  It’s a clear message from RCA to Motown, as the latter had just released its own All The Great Hits double-LP collection.  Not that RCA needed to worry about the competition — All The Great Hits peaked at a so-so #37, while Why Do Fools… went platinum and produced two major hit singles (the title track and “Mirror Mirror”).

Diana Ross Why Do Fools Fall In Love Ad

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3 Responses to The Only NEW Diana Ross Album (12/3/81)

  1. Larry F. says:

    If I recall, it was the Diana Ross version of “Why Do Fools Fall in Love” that triggered the battle over Frankie Lymon’s royalties. Lymon wrote (or co-wrote, depending on who you talk to) the song around 1956 and went on to have three wives. He also recorded “I’m Not a Juvenile Delinquent” and later overdosed on heroin at 25. On top of all of that, he unfortunately had a habit of not divorcing one wife before marrying the next. There was also a problem with the company that had somehow gained rights to the song, rightfully or wrongfully. They fought it out in court and the movie, “Why Do Fools Fall in Love” was made about it. In this case, the truth was a LOT stranger than fiction.

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