If you're old enough, you remember when a group called The Supremes ruled the Billboard charts. Though originally set up as a quartet, the group morphed into a trio. And it was that first lineup — Florence Ballard, Mary Wilson and Diana Ross — that first achieved fame for Motown Records, eventually earning 12 No. 1 Billboard hits.
By 1967, Ballard had been replaced by Cindy Birdsong, and the group was billed as Diana Ross & the Supremes. Ross left in 1970 to go it alone, recording a number of hit LPs and making movies such as the Billie Holliday bio-pic "Lady Sings the Blues" (1972) and "The Wiz" (1978).
It's Ross who is the focus of the film "Diana Ross: Her Life, Love and Legacy," which will play at 7 tonight at two area Regal Cinemas theaters: Northtown Mall and Coeur d'Alene's Riverstone Stadium.
And if you wonder what current performers think of Ross, just check out this quote from none other than Beyoncé: "Diana Ross is a big inspiration to all of us. We all grew up watching everything about her - her mike placement, her grace, her style and her class."