Diana Ross – Diana! TV Special (1971) DVD


Diana Ross – Diana! TV Special (1971) DVD

Songs Included:

Diana Ross – Don’t Rain On My Parade
The Jackson 5 – Medley: Mama’s pearl / Walk On By / The Love You Save
Diana Ross – (They Long To Be) Close To You
Bill Cosby (Segment)
Diana Ross & Bill Cosby – Love Story
Diana Ross – Remember Me
The Jackson 5 – Medley: I’ll Be There / Feelin’ Alright
Danny Thomas (Segment)
Diana Ross – Ain’t No Mountain High Enough
Diana Ross – I Love You (Call Me)

Diana! is the first solo television special of American singer Diana Ross and aired on ABC on April 18, 1971. The special was choreographed by David Winters of West Side Story fame, who at that time choreographed all of Ross’ stage and television shows. The special featured performances by The Jackson 5, and also included Jackson 5 lead singer Michael Jackson’s solo debut. Michael Jackson performed Frank Sinatra’s “It Was a Very Good Year”, which drew laughter as its adult-themed lyrics were changed to fit his age. Other guests included Danny Thomas and Bill Cosby, who would be featured on a similar television special by the Jackson 5 (Goin’ Back to Indiana) a few months later.

Since this was right at the beginning of her solo career, she took the opportunity to promote the two hits from her debut, the gold audience participant “Reach Out and Touch (Somebody’s Hand)” and the number 1 song “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough”. She also performed a cover of The Carpenters “(They Long to Be) Close to You” and the top-20 gold single “Remember Me” released that previous December 1970 included on her forthcoming album “Surrender” to be released later that summer. (Though she performed “Reach Out and Touch (Somebody’s Hand)” on the special, it was not included on the soundtrack).

The television special, and its subsequent soundtrack, was a Neilsen’s ratings winner, hitting the top 20 (number 17) of shows that week and garnering Emmy nominations for Ross and Bob Mackie and in technical categories.