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I’m Coming Out

(Bernard Edwards/Nile Rodgers)

Top-ten hit for Diana Ross, co-written by Chic’s Bernard Edwards and Nile Rodgers, who claimed to have written the song after witnessing a bunch of drag queens dressed up as Ross at a California discotheque.  Ross’s fans and impersonators were equally enamoured of the song, adopting it as their anthem.

It peaked at #5 on the Billboard pop chart and topped the chart of Billboard Club Play Singles.  A subsequent dance remix hit the U.K. top forty in 1993.  It was re-recorded by Amerie in 2003 on the soundtrack of the Jennifer Lopez comedy Maid in Manhattan.  Curiously, it was not released in the U.S., only in the U.K. and Australia, where it did very well in its final dance remix version.

Diana Ross recordings
Motown (M 1491F)