1974 Diana Ross – Last Time I Saw Him
The final performance by the original lineup of the Supremes occurred on January 14, 1970. Diana Ross immediately began work on her first solo album, which released in May. The second single from the album was Ain’t No Mountain High Enough, a cover of a song that had previously been a hit for Marvin Gaye and Tami Terrell in 1967.
Diana struggled to stay on the charts and failed to reach the top ten again until Touch Me In The Morning topped the charts in 1973. Motown had her record a duet album with Marvin Gaye. The pair toured to support the album, resulting in singles that peaked at #12, #19, and #46 on the Hot 100.
In between the touring stops, she also recorded a new solo album, but Motown did little to promote it. The first single from the album was Last Time I Saw Him.
Years later, a much longer version of the song showed up that ran close to four minutes (mostly a result of a longer fade at the end).
The recording was a strange mix of musical styles, even ending with a dixieland sound. Perhaps the best version, however, was the time she sang the song on The Muppet Show.
While the single failed to even reach the top ten on the Hot 100 (it peaked at #14 in 1974), it lasted three weeks on the top of the Adult Contemporary chart. It also performed better than the latter two singles from the duet album she and Marvin recorded on the Hot 100.
Diana’s next project was a film. She starred in the film Mahogany and again reached the top of the charts in 1975 with its theme song.
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