CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Superstar Diana Ross knew her Baby Boomer crowd at the Clay Center Wednesday.
She belted out a string of Motown hits, didn't encourage the packed audience to stand until the final numbers and had the show wrapped up by their bedtimes.
What a class act!
The 69-year-old singer was idolized by many in the audience when they were teenagers and the Supremes were at the top of the charts. For those of us who never saw her perform live in her 50-year career, she delivered the illusion of a glamorous Las Vegas act.
She wore sleek, shimmering gowns of hot pink, lime green and melon that sparkled as did the colorful stage setting.
Ross performed straight for about an hour, starting with Motown favorites like "Baby Love," "Stop, In the Name of Love," "You Can't Hurry Love," and "Love Child."
The show kicked into high gear with "Upside Down," "Take Me Higher," and "Ease On Down the Road."
She moved into some jazz and blues numbers from "Lady Sings the Blues," which I enjoyed the most. In those numbers, with the nine-piece band and three backup singers more subdued, her still fine voice was the star.
Ross sang a couple of songs from her film "Mahogany," then rousted the audience on its feet, waving their arms "Ain't No Mountain High Enough" and "I Will Survive."