A 15-year-old Diana Ross joined The Supremes in 1959, launching a decades-long career that would take her from Motown to Studio 54 through to the 1980s.
Young all-girl groups were a mainstay in the 1960s, but Ross's vivacious personality and heartbreakingly emotive voice on songs like "Tears of Sorrow" and "Where Did Our Love Go" spoke of a maturity beyond her teenage years. After years of infighting and conflict — The Supremes inspired the musical and movie Dreamgirls — Ross left the group in 1970. Her later disco hits like "Upside Down" proved her staying power as a solo artist.
Ross still sings and performs today; she's on tour this Summer playing dates in the US and South America.