Red Hot Rhythm & Blues

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Red Hot Rhythm & Blues
Studio album by Diana Ross
Released May 1987
Recorded 1986–1987
Genre R&B
Length 43:56 (US: 38:11)
Label EMI (UK) RCA (US)
Producer Tom Dowd, Luther Vandross
Diana Ross chronology
Eaten Alive
Red Hot Rhythm & Blues
Workin' Overtime
Singles from Red Hot Rhythm & Blues
  1. "Dirty Looks / So Close"
    Released: April 29, 1987
  2. "Tell Me Again / I Am Me"
    Released: July 18, 1987
  3. "Shockwaves / I Am Me"
    Released: July 18, 1987 (U.K. release only)
  4. "Mr. Lee"
    Released: January 12, 1988
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[1]

Red Hot Rhythm and Blues is a 1987 studio album by the American singer Diana Ross released via EMI and RCA labels.


The album made the charts in the UK, Germany, the Netherlands and Austria, as well as reaching the top 20 in Sweden and Norway. It was Ross's final album for RCA Records. It peaked at No. 73 on the "Billboard album chart in the US despite an Emmy nominated television special that was a ratings success. It sold around 125,000 copies in the USA.[2]

The album included "Dirty Looks" (US R&B #12, UK #49) written by Richard Scher & Lotti Golden, and the ballad "It's Hard for Me to Say", produced by Luther Vandross. It also included cover versions of several R&B classics, including The Bobbettes' "Mr. Lee" (UK #58), Jackie Ross' "Selfish One," Etta James' "Tell Mama", and The Drifters' "There Goes My Baby". A Shep Pettibone remix of "Shockwaves" was released as a single in the UK which peaked at #76.

The album was promoted with a TV special featuring Etta James, Little Richard, Billy Dee Williams, Leslie Nielsen, LL Cool J, Bernadette Peters and Wolfman Jack. The tracks "Mr Lee" and "Tell Mama" did not feature on the US version of the album and the mix of "Dirty Looks" was the UK version which differs from the US version.

The cover photography was by Herb Ritts.

Re-release in 2014[edit]

The album was remastered and re-released in September 2014 by Funky Town Grooves, as an "Expanded Edition" with bonus material on a second CD.[3]

Track listing[edit]

Side A
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Dirty Looks" (US Album Mix) Richard Scher, Lotti Golden 4:09
2. "Stranger In Paradise" John Capek, Amy Sky 3:59
3. "Summertime" Leonard Cohen, Sharon Robinson 4:05
4. "Shine" Mick Hucknall 3:31
5. "Tell Me Again" Wintley Phipps 3:14
Side B
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Selfish One" Carl Smith, Wilfred McKinley 3:23
2. "Cross My Heart" Sharon Robinson 4:11
3. "There Goes My Baby" Jerry Leiber, Mike Stoller, George Treadwell, Lover Patterson 3:03
4. "It's Hard For Me To Say" Luther Vandross 4:46
5. "Shockwaves" Diana Ross, Mark Cawley, Bill Wray 3:49