The Boss (Diana Ross album)

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The Boss
Studio album by
ReleasedMay 23, 1979
StudioSigma Sound Studios, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Celebration Studios, New York
ProducerNickolas Ashford & Valerie Simpson
Diana Ross chronology
The Wiz: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
The Boss
20 Golden Greats
Singles from The Boss
  1. "The Boss"
    Released: May 22, 1979
  2. "It's My House"
    Released: October 20, 1979
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic3/5 stars[1]
Christgau's Record GuideB[2]

The Boss is a 1979 album released by Diana Ross on the Motown label.


This album was written and produced by longtime Ross collaborators Nickolas Ashford & Valerie Simpson and marked her return to Top 40 radio based on the strength of the title track, which peaked #19 on the pop singles chart, and #12 on the US R&B Chart.[3] In addition all the LP tracks went to #1 on the dance charts,[4] and peaked at #14 on the Billboard 200. It was certified Gold by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).

For its 20th Anniversary, the album was remastered and released on CD in 1999 with 12" versions of "The Boss" and "It's My House" as extra tracks. The 12" versions of "I Ain't Been Licked" and "No One Gets the Prize"/"The Boss" appear on Diana: Deluxe Edition, and a rare remixed single version of "No One Gets the Prize" on The Motown Anthology – Diana Ross. Ivo Del Prado remixed the bass-heavy "Once in the Morning" which is a very difficult promotional-only to find.

Ross also promoted the album on her first HBO special, "Standing Room Only". The special was culled from her successful "Tour '79", and the setlist included the title song, "The Boss", "It's My House", "No One Gets the Prize", "I Ain't Been Licked" and "All For One".

Track listing[edit]

All tracks were written and produced by Ashford & Simpson.

Side A

  1. "No One Gets the Prize" – 4:40
  2. "I Ain't Been Licked" – 4:09
  3. "All for One" – 4:20
  4. "The Boss" – 3:52

Side B

  1. "Once in the Morning" – 4:54
  2. "It's My House" – 4:34
  3. "Sparkle" – 5:23
  4. "I'm in the World" – 4:04

1999 Remastered Edition bonus tracks

  1. "The Boss" (Original 12" Remix) – 7:15
  2. "It's My House" (Original Promotion-only 12" Remix) – 6:07


  • Diana Ross – lead vocals
  • Michael Brecker – saxophone
  • Rob Mounsey – horn & string arrangements (tracks: A1-A3)
  • Errol Bennett – percussion
  • Francisco Centeno – bass guitar
  • Ray Chew – keyboards
  • Sammy Figueroa – percussion
  • Eric Gale – guitar
  • Anthony Jackson – bass guitar
  • Paul Riser – horn and string arrangements (tracks: B1, B3-B4)
  • John Davis – horn and string arrangements (tracks:A4, B3)
  • Valerie Simpson – piano, backing vocals
  • Nickolas Ashford – backing vocals
  • Maxine Waters – backing vocals
  • Julia Waters – backing vocals
  • Stephanie Spruill – backing vocals
  • John Sussewell – drums
  • Greg Arnold – re-mix engineer, Marathon Recording NYC
  • Douglas Kirkland – photography


Region Certification Certified units/sales
United States (RIAA)[5] Gold 500,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone


  1. ^ All Music review
  2. ^ Christgau, Robert (1981). "Consumer Guide '70s: R". Christgau's Record Guide: Rock Albums of the Seventies. Ticknor & Fields. ISBN 089919026X. Retrieved March 12, 2019 – via
  3. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942–2004. Record Research. p. 502.
  4. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Hot Dance/Disco: 1974–2003. Record Research. p. 222.
  5. ^ "American album certifications – Diana Ross – The Boss". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved May 16, 2019. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH.