Swept Away (1984)

THE DIANA ROSS PROJECT

“I saw your light on the horizon, and I knew that I was blown away again…”

After a major hot streak lasting from 1979’s top 20 hit “The Boss” through 1982’s top 10 “Muscles,” Diana Ross had a brief cooling-off period music-wise in 1983.  Her LP Ross wasn’t really a hit, and featured only one top 40 single, “Pieces Of Ice.”  Though the year was high-profile for Ross due to her Central Park concerts, which enjoyed tremendous publicity, it’s likely she was already looking for her next big hit.  It came via an unlikely source — Julio Iglesias, the legendary Spanish singer.  Julio and Diana teamed up on the love ballad “All Of You,” for his album 1100 Bel Air Place; produced by Richard Perry (who’d helmed Diana’s masterpiece, Baby It’s Me), the single leapt to the top 20 of the pop charts, hit #2 Adult Contemporary, and was a smash in many other countries…

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