Vintage Video: Diana Ross & the Jackson 5 on the TV Special "Diana!" (1971)

by VVN Music

On the evening of April 18, 1971, 46 years ago tonight, the Diana Ross special Diana! debuted on the ABC network in the U.S.

While it was Ross' first solo special, it was actually her third show after two with the Supremes, 1968's T.C.B. (Takin' Care of Business) and 1969's G.I.T. On Broadway, both with the labelmates the Temptations.

This time, Ross was on her own and the media felt that it was make or break time for Diana. She had just left the Supremes a year earlier and, although she had success with Reach Out and Touch (Somebody's Hand), Ain't No Mountain High Enough and Remember Me, only Mountain had hit the top ten in comparison to the vast majority of her singles with the Supremes.

Joining Ross on the special were the Jackson 5, Bill Cosby and Danny Thomas. Diana also tried out her acting and comedy skills playing Charlie Chaplin, Harpo Marx and W.C. Fields.

Here, obviously from a VHS tape, is the entire special.

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