DIANA ROSS, FLO BALLARD & MARVELETTES:

Tony Turner reveals in his book, “All That Glittered,” I told Flo Ballard, ‘I don’t think Diana Ross likes me. I’ve been getting strange looks from her. Flo said, “You know what you better do, honey, you better stay out of her way. Why don’t you think she likes you? I said, “Any time I say something she makes a face and she’s told me I better not repeat anything I hear around here, she said I better mind my own business and I better keep her business to myself. Flo said, “Stay out of her way! Because one time she tried to run over a little blind boy!”

I figure she’s got to be kidding, she’s on her medicine, who in their right mind would try to run over a blind boy?” Tony, Flo says, “let me tell you a few things about this Diana woman. She’s always been snooty and looking for a fight. One time she got into this fury with Gladys Horton, you know, from the Marvelettes. Now Gladys, not Mary, was my absolute best friend on the road and Diana saw her as competition. So one night, Gladys tells Diana her gown looks like a night shirt and the two of them get into this fight over it, they’re snarling like stray alley cats.”

“Later on, Gladys is helping this fan, a little blind boy named Lee across the street and Diana sees them and drives straight at Gladys and Lee with a Ford station wagon like a bat straight outta hell and Gladys pulls Lee out the way not a split second too soon. I still couldn’t believe Flo but she went on, “Tony, listen to me, there’s something you should know about Diana.

That woman is like a fire engine when it’s got a fire to get to and it don’t care what or who gets in the way. The only thing to do when you see it coming is move.” Flo added, “You know why she doesn’t like you? Because you’re not running behind her, fawning over her like a lot of fans and grown people around here and because you’re good friends with me, that’s why she doesn’t like you. She’s just jealous.

 

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