Theme from Mahogany (Do You Know Where You're Going To)

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"Theme from Mahogany (Do You Know Where You're Going To)"
Single by Diana Ross
from the album Mahogany
B-side "No One's Gonna Be a Fool Forever"
Released October 1975
Format 7"
Genre Pop
Length 3:25
Label Motown
Writer(s) Michael Masser, Gerald Goffin
Producer(s) Michael Masser
Diana Ross singles chronology
"Sorry Doesn't Always Make It Right"
"Theme from Mahogany (Do You Know Where You're Going To)"
"I Thought It Took a Little Time (But Today I Fell in Love)"
45 RPM promotional copy
Special issue colored vinyl single

"Theme from Mahogany (Do You Know Where You're Going To)" is a song written by Michael Masser and Gerald Goffin, and initially recorded by American singer Thelma Houston in 1973, and then most notably by Diana Ross as the theme to the 1975 Motown/Paramount film Mahogany.[1]

Production notes[edit]

Produced by Masser, the song is a ballad that portrays its protagonist (Ross) as a black woman who becomes a successful Rome fashion designer.[citation needed]

Recorded with a full orchestral accompaniment, "Theme from Mahogany" became one of the most recognizable elements of the film, receiving praise from many critics.[citation needed]

Later released as a single, "Theme from Mahogany" became a number-one hit on both the U.S. Billboard Hot 100, and the Easy Listening charts.[2]

The song was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Song. Ross performed the song live at the Academy Awards ceremony via satellite from the Netherlands.[citation needed]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Theme from Mahogany (Do You Know Where You're Going To)"
  2. "No One's Gonna Be a Fool Forever"

Chart performance[edit]


See also[edit]


  1. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas (2003). "Diana Ross". In Bogdanov, Vladimir; Woodstra, Chris; Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. All Music Guide to Soul. Allmusic. San Francisco: Backbeat Books. p. 587. ISBN 0-87930-744-7. Retrieved 2008-05-17. 
  2. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2002). Top Adult Contemporary: 1961-2001. Record Research. p. 210. 
  3. ^ "CAN Charts > Diana Ross". RPM. Retrieved 2014-03-26. 
  4. ^ "UK Charts > Diana Ross". Official Charts. Retrieved 2014-03-26. 
  5. ^ Joel Whitburn's Top Pop Singles 1955-1990 - ISBN 9780898200898
  6. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2016-03-04. Retrieved 2016-06-11. 
  7. ^ "Adult Contemporary Music Chart". Billboard. 1975-12-06. Retrieved 2016-10-10. 
  8. ^ "Item Display - RPM - Library and Archives Canada". Retrieved 2016-10-10. 
  9. ^ "Top 100 1976 - UK Music Charts". Retrieved 2016-10-10. 
  10. ^ "Top 100 Hits of 1976/Top 100 Songs of 1976". Retrieved 2016-10-10. 
  11. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2014-10-21. Retrieved 2016-06-05. 

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Preceded by
"I Write the Songs" by Barry Manilow
Billboard Hot 100 number-one single
January 24, 1976 (one week)
Succeeded by
"Love Rollercoaster" by Ohio Players