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Coming off four Top Ten hits in three years for their group Chic, producers Bernard Edwards and Nile Rodgers were the hot R&B/disco team of the day when they wrote and produced Diana Ross' second album named simply diana. (The first was her 1971 TV soundtrack, Diana!.) The result was Ross' best-selling album ever, paced by her biggest singles hit yet, "Upside Down," and its Top Ten follow-up, "I'm Coming Out." For the most part, disco productions tended to emphasize the beat over the voice, and it might be argued, but for the billing, Ross had been reduced to guest vocalist on her own album. But it was exactly her struggle to retain an identity beyond the groove that made this music more compelling than Chic's records. diana marked an important comeback for Ross, who had struggled in the late '70s after the early successes of her solo career. She celebrated by leaving Motown for a six-year, six-album sojourn at RCA.
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Performance CreditsDiana Ross Primary Artist,Vocals
Bernard Edwards Bass,Conductor
Nile Rodgers Guitar,Conductor
Michelle Cobbs Background Vocals
Eddie Daniels Saxophone
Cheryl Hong Strings
Luci Martin Background Vocals
Bob Millikan Trumpet
Karen Milne Strings
Meco Monardo Trombone
Gene Orloff Concert Master
Andy Schwartz Keyboards
Fonzi Thornton Background Vocals
Alfa Anderson Background Vocals
Valerie Heywood Strings
Andrew Barrett Piano
Tony Thompson Drums
Technical CreditsBernard Edwards Arranger,Producer,Writer
Nile Rodgers Arranger,Producer,Writer
Neil Dorfsman Engineer
James Farber Engineer
Bill Scheniman Engineer
Francesco Scavullo Cover Photo
Ralph Osborn Engineer