I was doing some research recently and came across an interesting find in the December 17, 1970 issue of Jet (46 years ago this weekend!). Although it was never released as a single, Diana’s recording of “Come Together” was ranked at #19 on the magazine’s Soul Brothers Top 20 chart that week.
“Come Together” was included on the 1970 LP Everything Is Everything, the second solo album from Miss Ross and one that’s often overlooked due to its relative lack of commercial success. That said, it contains some great performances, including the UK #1 hit “I’m Still Waiting” and Diana’s version of Aretha Franklin’s “I Love You (Call Me),” which gained Miss Ross her second solo Grammy nomination.
“Come Together” is another exciting recording from Diana’s early solo career; the singer is breathy and soulful and sings over a rumbling track that sounds tailor-made for The Jackson 5. It’s nice to see it at least gained a little airplay, even if Motown never really pushed it. Notice, by the way, how Motown-heavy this chart is; several of the label’s top acts show up here, including The Spinners, The Jackson 5, Stevie Wonder, Smokey Robinson & The Miracles, and The Four Tops. And, of course, sitting at #4 with “Stoned Love,” is Diana’s former group, The Supremes.