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Throwback Thursday: Diana Ross’ I’m coming out

The best thing I have done for myself lately, apart from cleaning out my closet, is buying Diana Ross’ Greatest Hits album.

It is a double disk album with a total of 43 tracks from her entire career. Once again, the music is from way before my time. But good music is good music, I always maintain. This is the type of album you can jam to while cleaning your house or doing something random like washing your hair. I would definitely also put some of the tracks on my road-trip playlist.

Anyway, here is a video of my favourite Diana Ross song, I’m coming out.

A little background: In 1979, Ross commissioned Chic founders Nile Rodgers and Bernard Edwards to create material for a new album after taking her daughters to see the band in concert, following the success of Ross’s final Ashford & Simpson-composed and produced LP, The Boss . Rodgers got the idea for “I’m Coming Out” after noticing three different drag queens dressed as Diana Ross at a New York club called the GG Barnum Room. The lyrics hold an additional meaning to Ross, as she was leaving Motown Records and “coming out” from under the thumb of Berry Gordy.


P.S: Can you believe that in her entire career, Diana has only received 1 Grammy? Beyond me!

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Richmond Sajini is a musician and media entrepreneur in the public relations, television, radio and retail spaces in South Africa. He studied Public Relations and Communication at the University of Johannesburg and has worked on brands such as Coca Cola, Tsogo Sun, Heineken as well as the South African National Roads Agency. He has been told to shut up many times by people who don’t understand that he is in love with the sound of his own voice. For this reason he decided to start his own blog where he would share his thoughts and experiences without inhibition. Visit his blog, and follow him on Twitter @richmondsajini.


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