The Night Motown Won Hollywood | Motivation

Tuesday, March 25, 2014MsAvaBella

Ok; pause. It was actually a suburb of LA; a little closer to Burbank. To be specific NorthEast. It was on the 25th day of March in 1983 that Motown Records celebrated its 25th year anniversary with a concert - Motown 25: Yesterday, Today, Forever, in Pasadena, California. The show would go on to air in May of that year on NBC, and win the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Variety Series. This star-studded event featured performances from the following Motown hit makers: The Supremes, Stevie Wonder, The Temptations, The Four Tops, DeBarge, High Inergy, José Feliciano, Lionel Richie, Martha Reeves, Jr. Walker, The Commodores, Marvin Gaye, Smokey Robinson, and of course, The Jackson 5.

The Jackson 5 

Motown 25: Yesterday, Today, Forever won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Variety Series

The show was hosted by comedian, Richard Pryor, who acted in numerous Motown Productions(later de Passe Entertainment) cinema releases including The Wiz and Lady Sings The Blues. Additional appearances and presentations were made by Dick Clark, Howard Hesseman, and Tim Reid who would pull from their respective roles on 'WKRP in Cincinnati' as disc jockeys. Also, fast-talker John Moschitta, Jr., T.G. Sheppard, who recorded for Motown's 1970s country label, Billy Dee Williams, who starred in a number of Motown Productions(cinema), and The Lester Wilson Dancers danced to a few Motown numbers, including, Marvin Gaye's hit, "I Want You". 

Diana Ross after gliding down the isle and tossing her fur to the floor

Stevie Wonder belted out his greatest hits to date 

The 4 Tops had a 'battle of the bands' with the Temptations

The show lasts approximately 2 hours with no commercial breaks, and will give you chills as you go back in time, just a little, to hear real music, see the wonderful 80's fashion(its the ish, I tell ya'), hear the stories of the songwriters, and experience true musicianship! I was able to find the whole thing on youtube and couldn't wait to share this video with you all! Thank you Berry Gordy for your MANY contributions to music! 

Take a look at Motown 25: Yesterday, Today, Forever

Update 6/2/2015 - This video has since been removed by the powers that be.. Darn you!!

Update 6/3/2015...Yippie!! I found an alternative. It's not the full show from start to finish, but it's a few of the highlights. I encourage you to make this apart of your family's DVD collection, like my family did. You can purchase yours from Amazon here.

Photo Cred: doesn't own ANY of these awesome photos.

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