I guess the cat’s out of the bag (since I accidentally hit “Publish” instead of “Save” on my latest post) that THE DIANA ROSS PROJECT is about to dive in to a new series. Starting June 1st, we’ll be going in-depth on every album released by the 1970s Supremes. I can’t promise an “intimate look at the new Supremes,” as was announced on this Jet cover from 1971, but I hope to inspire some discussion about this fascinating and often-overlooked period of the group’s career.
I’ve been researching the 70s Supremes for quite some time, intending to write about the group’s output between 1970 (Right On) and 1976 (Mary, Scherrie & Susaye) in some fashion, but have always hesitated making it an “official” part of THE DIANA ROSS PROJECT. After all, Miss Ross had nothing to do with those albums, and the original intention here was to focus solely on her lengthy recording career. There’s also, in my opinion, far too much negative discussion surrounding the differences between Diana’s solo career and that of the Supremes post-Ross; many view the two discographies as competing entities, comparing everything from chart statistics to singing styles. I’ve always been concerned that reviewing and researching latter-day Supremes albums would dredge up more of that kind of debate, something I’m not interested in.
But recent comments from readers (you guys know who you are!) have convinced me that this is the right place for an in-depth look at the 70s Supremes. It’s a logical continuation of my writing about the 60s Supremes, and I don’t think it’s fair to ignore an entire section of the group’s discography. As Motown legend Louvain Demps of The Andantes recently told me during our interview, “They can never erase history.” Diana Ross herself has acknowledged the contributions of the 70s Supremes in keeping the group’s legacy alive, and I think it’s appropriate to analyze how the trio’s music changed and evolved in the wake of its famous lead singer’s departure.
So, look out for my review of Right On (1970) on June 1st, and please join in the discussion. As always, I look forward to hearing what everyone has to say…in the words of our favorite ladies, “Together we can make such sweet music.”