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Expodition: Diana Ross at Expo 67

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From a humble start as three girls from a Detroit housing project, the Supremes have come a long way, playing to capacity crowds at Expo 67. And it won't end there, according to the group's supremely self-confident lead singer, Diana Ross. Ross speaks with Expodition about her past and future, and later in the show reporter Martin Bronstein watches the grand pageant of horses in La gendarmerie française. 

Medium: Radio
Guest: Diana Ross
Broadcast Date: Aug. 22, 1967
Announcer: Jim Robertson
Host: Bob MacGregor
Reporter: Lynn Jackson, Martin Bronstein
Duration: 11:21
Photo: Library and Archives Canada

Did You know?


• The Supremes began their career as a quartet called The Primettes. In their 1960s heyday the Motown group was the trio of Florence Ballard, Diana Ross, and Mary Wilson, and together they had a run of hits including Baby Love and Stop! In the Name of Love.


• In this interview, Diana Ross says that founding Supremes member Florence Ballard willingly left the group. However, music historians describe Ballard's departure as an ejection. Just before this event, Ross gained more prominence when the trio's record company changed the group's name to Diana Ross and the Supremes.

• In this clip, the interviewer refers to Miss Ross as "Diane." She was born with the name Diane but eventually changed it to Diana.

• Expo organizers came up with a novel, cost-free solution to deal with manure from the horses of La gendarmerie française: they arranged for a mushroom farmer to haul it away.
 
A television interview with The Supremes in 1966 can be watched here.

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