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Houston Voice, July 7, 2006 - File 015. 2006-07-07. University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. December 15, 2017. http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/montrose/item/2641/show/2634.

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Title Houston Voice, July 7, 2006
Contributor
  • Crain, Chris
  • Ervin, Eric
Publisher Window Media
Date July 7, 2006
Language English
Subject
  • LGBTQ community
  • LGBTQ people
  • Gay liberation movement
Place
  • Houston, Texas
Genre
  • newspapers
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  • Text
Identifier OCLC: 31485329
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Transcript 14 JULY 7, 2006 r Lady sings the 'Blue' www.houstonvoice.com HOUSTON VOICE mUSIC ANDY ZEFFER Never-released album of jazz standards serves as reminder why Diana Ross became a star THE TIME WAS THE EARLY '70S. AND Diana Ross' star as a soloist was well on the rise. Much of her success had to do with her motion picture debut in the 1972 Billie Holiday biopic, "Lady Sings the Blues." When it was first announced that Ross would portray the jazz legend, critics were doubtful. Ross looked nothing like Holiday, and her recognizably sweet, high voice was drastically different from Holiday's tortured, soulful vocal instrument. Yet instead of trying to impersonate Holiday, Ross knocked down Holiday's phrasing and adapted her own sparrow singing style to the jazz standards featured in "Lady Sings the Blues." The film was a huge hit and Ross was rewarded with a nomination for the Best Actress Academy Award. The competition that year was stiff, and Ross lost out to another rising star, gay icon Liza Minnelli in "Cabaret." Still, with a high profile and a number one soundtrack LP, Ross was riding high. The "Lady Sings the Blues" soundtrack was produced, arranged and conducted by Gil Askey Inspired by the success of the soundtrack, Askey went on to record twelve more jazz standards with Ross. Renditions include well-known favorites such as Cole Porter's "Let's Do It," the Gershwins' "I Loves Ya Porgy" and "What a Diff'rence a Day Makes," "Had You Been Around" and "Can't Get Started With You." Surprisingly, the album was shelved and never saw the light of day LEGEND HAS IT THAT MOTOWN honcho and Ross svengali Berry Gordy feared the singer became too jazzy after immersing herself in the film, and that she would lose touch with her general audience. A music-world Midas with an uncanny sensibility of what the public craved, Gordy's gut instincts proved correct. In 1973, Ross hit #1 with the blockbuster pop hit, "Touch Me hi the Morning." The unreleased jazz tracks were soon forgotten and gathered dust in the Motown vaults. Until now. Simply titled "Blue," the stellar set of standards hits store shelves more than three decades after it was recorded. Gay fans will love the newly released Diana Ross CD Blue,' rescued from rotting in the vaults of Motown Records. Understated and never over the top, Ross masters the subtleties and raw emotion necessary for good jazz. She tells the stories of hope and heartache with just the right amount of sadness, coyness and sultriness. Her manner is in direct contrast to her huge pop anthems and over-the-top stage persona that became the stuff of legend — and parody for countless drag queens. It is almost difficult for listeners to think this is the same Ross with the massive hair and sequined gowns flying behind her, the image that the public knows so well. A MORE INFO Blue' Diana Ross Motown Records www.motown.com THE SUCCESS OF ROSS' SINGING CAREER blazed through the '70s with hits like "Love Hangover" and "Upside Down." and into the '80s with "Endless Love" and "Missing You." Unfortunately, by the end of the '80s. Ross became a commercial commodity that she and her handlers didn't know exactly what to do with. Widely spread reports of her outrageous bitchy behavior did not help, nor did well-documented books like "Call Her Miss Ross" and Supremes partner Mary Wilson's tell-all "Dreamgirl: My Life as a Supreme." Ross' last big episode of visibility was not due to a hit record, but to a 2002 DUI. Tabloid fodder aside, Ross is a deserving music legend, a trailblazer for the likes of Mariah Carey, Whitney Houston and so many others. With "Blue," her face and voice are back in front of millions where they belong. The album captures Ross at her best, during a time that cemented her as a breakout star blazing with promise and ambition. 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