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What happened to them once the disco ball stopped turning?
One of the most successful Motown artists ever, Diana Ross has led quite a life. In 2002, after spending two years away from the spotlight and after a stint in prison, Ross returned to live touring, first in Europe and then in the United States all within the same year. In February 2012, Diana Ross received her first ever Grammy Award, for Lifetime Achievement. Diana Ross currently performs at The Venetian, Las Vegas.
Khan has won ten Grammys to date and has sold an estimated 70 million records worldwide. In 1978, Khan's solo debut album was released, which featured the crossover disco hit, ‘I'm Every Woman’. In 2011, she was awarded a Hollywood Walk Of Fame star and appeared on 'Dancing With The Stars' in 2015. She is currently recording new music.
Perhaps the greatest disco artist of all-time, Summer is a five-time Grammy Award winner and has reportedly sold over 130 million records, making her one of the world's best-selling artists of all time. She is best known for hits including ‘I Feel Love’ and ‘Love To Love You Baby’. Summer died in 2012 at the age of 63.
Best known for her 1976 hit 'Young Hearts Run Free', Staton enjoyed a rebirth of success when another hit 'You Got The Love' was re-released in 1991 as a dance remix. Staton has since released 13 more albums and her most recent record 'Life Happens' sees her sharing her love of blues and country music.
Elliman was spotted by Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber who gave her the part of Mary Magdalene in Jesus Christ Superstar. She got a Golden Globe nomination for her portrayal of Mary in the musical turned movie. Elliman then became a backing singer for Eric Clapton before becoming a solo artist. Her biggest hit is 'If I Can't Have You'. In 2004, she made a comeback as a singer-songwriter and also appeared in a once-off performance of Jesus Christ Superstar alongside Jack Black in 2006.
Best known for disco hits ‘I Will Survive’, ‘Never Can Say Goodbye’ and ‘I Am What I Am’. During the '90s she had a career resurgence and appeared on TV shows like 'That '70s Show' and 'Ally McBeal'. Gloria Gaynor continues to tour and most recently performed at the National Television Awards 2016.
Ward is best known for her 1979 million selling chart-topper, ‘Ring My Bell’. Ward is still recording new music; her last single ‘It’s My Night’ was released in 2011.
Barry was a member of the disco group Boney M before leaving to embark on a solo career. She had hits with 'Down and Counting' as well as 'Boogie Woogie Dancin' Shoes'. In 2006, Barry returned to the Billboard charts with ‘I Will Stand’. Barry has seen acted in a range of theatre, film and television productions and has even turned her hand to radio presenting.
In 1978, A Taste Of Honey had one of the best known chart-toppers of the disco era, ‘Boogie Oogie Oogie’. After their popularity waned during the 1980s, Johnson went on to record as a solo artist and released the album 'One Taste of Honey' which produced numerous minor hits. In 2004, singers Hazel Payne and Janice–Marie Johnson reunited for the first time in over 20 years to perform on the PBS specials 'Get Down Tonight: The Disco Explosion and My Music: Funky Soul Superstars'.
Houston achieved a number-one hit in 1977 with her cover version of the song ‘Don't Leave Me This Way’, which won the Grammy for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance. In 2013, a collaboration between Thelma and producer Janitor premiered on Soundcloud. Several tracks followed, culminating in the release of an EP, ‘Forty-Two’. It was the first new material from Houston in six years.