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"
ReleasedSeptember 24, 1975
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
Special issue colored vinyl single

"Theme from Mahogany (Do You Know Where You're Going To)" is a song written by Michael Masser and Gerry Goffin. It was initially recorded by American singer Thelma Houston in 1973, and then 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 Amsterdam, the Netherlands.[citation needed]


Release and track listing[edit]

7" vinyl single - US
1."Theme from Mahogany (Do You Know Where You're Going To)"Gerry Goffin, Michael Masser3:19
2."No One's Gonna Be a Fool Forever"Michael Masser, Pam Sawyer3:18

Chart performance[edit]

Other versions[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas (2003). "Diana Ross". In Bogdanov, Vladimir; Woodstra, Chris; Erlewine, Stephen Thomas (eds.). 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. ^ Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970-1992. St Ives, N.S.W.: Australian Chart Book. ISBN 0-646-11917-6.
  4. ^ "CAN Charts > Diana Ross". RPM. Retrieved 2014-03-26.
  5. ^ "The Irish Charts – Search Results – Do You Know Where You're Going To". Irish Singles Chart. Retrieved June 22, 2017.
  6. ^ " – Diana Ross – Do You Know Where You're Going To". Top 40 Singles. Retrieved July 13, 2018.
  7. ^ "UK Charts > Diana Ross". Official Charts. Retrieved 2014-03-26.
  8. ^ Joel Whitburn's Top Pop Singles 1955-1990 - ISBN 9780898200898
  9. ^ "Archived copy". Retrieved 2016-06-11.
  10. ^ "Adult Contemporary Music Chart". Billboard. 1975-12-06. Retrieved 2016-10-10.
  11. ^ "Item Display - RPM - Library and Archives Canada". Archived from the original on 2016-01-23. Retrieved 2016-10-10.
  12. ^ "Top 100 1976 - UK Music Charts". Retrieved 2016-10-10.
  13. ^ "Top 100 Hits of 1976/Top 100 Songs of 1976". Retrieved 2016-10-10.
  14. ^ Top 50 Adult Contemporary Hits of 1976
  15. ^ "Top 100 Year End Charts: 1976". Cashbox Magazine. Retrieved 2016-06-05.

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