DIANA ROSS & BERRY GORDY (PASSIONATE LOVE AFFAIR)
In Jim Brown's book "Out Of Bounds," he reveals, "Berry Gordy's deepest sense of loss did not come from losing Motown. It came from losing Diana Ross. For the past twenty years, I've always felt Berry Gordy was in love with Diana Ross, that they were meant to be together, but events and people in their lives prevented it. When I think of Berry and Diana, I think of immense but frustrated love.
Once, Berry and I and Bill Russell drove to Palm Springs for a sportsman's weekend. Berry was supposed to leave, he had plans to visit Diana but he wasn't motivated and he stayed a few extra days in the desert. On our final day, there was a news flash on TV. Diana Ross had gotten married to a Jewish agent. Bill and I were shocked. Berry was punched in the stomach. He didn't know a thing about it. I'll never forget one of her concerts.
Diana began singing "Someday We'll Be Together Again" and she started crying on stage. I knew she was crying for Berry. After the show, I went backstage. Then an unusual thing happened. Berry walked in. I didn't even know he was in Vegas, yet here he was. In the quiet of Diana's dressing room I could see the deepness of their love. So I left.
The next day there was a tennis tournament at Caesar's Palace. When I arrived, Berry and Diana were sitting in Diana's box and Berry's current girlfriend, Grace, sat behind them."
IN RELATED NEWS:
In 1969, Cindy Birdsong (left) of the Supremes was kidnapped by the caretaker of her Hollywood apartment building. The intruder forced her to tie up two of her visiting friends. He then forced her into his car and drove towards Long Beach. Birdsong jumped from the car and escaped. T he kidnapper was arrested in Las Vegas four days later.