Motown 25: Yesterday, Today, Forever

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Motown 25: Yesterday, Today, Forever is an award-winning 1983 television special, produced by Suzanne de Passe for Motown Records, to commemorate Motown's 25th year. The program was taped before a live studio audience at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium... read more

Motown 25: Yesterday, Today, Forever is an award-winning 1983 television special, produced by Suzanne de Passe for Motown Records, to commemorate Motown's 25th year. The program was taped before a live studio audience at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium in Pasadena, California on March 25, 1983, and broadcast on NBC on May 16. Among its highlights were Michael Jackson's performance of "Billie Jean", Smokey Robinson's long-awaited reunion with The Miracles, a Temptations / Four Tops "battle of the bands", Marvin Gaye's inspired speech about black music history and his memorable performance of "What's Going On", a Jackson 5 reunion, and an abbreviated reunion of Diana Ross & the Supremes, who performed their final #1 hit, "Someday We'll Be Together" from 1969. The show was co-written by de Passe with Ruth Adkins Robinson who would go on to write shows with de Passe for the next 25 years, including the follow-up label tributes—through "Motown 40," Buz Kohan was the head writer.

Original Release

05/16/1983

Cast

Michael Jackson Michael Jackson
Richard Pryor Himself
Diana Ross Herself
Stevie Wonder Himself
Dick Clark Himself
Smokey Robinson Himself
Lionel Richie Himself
Adam Ant Himself
Nick Ashford Himself (as Ashford & Simpson)
Renaldo Benson Himself
(see additional cast & crew)

Directors

Don Mischer

Writers

Suzanne de Passe, Buz Kohan, Ruth Adkins Robinson

Cast

Michael Jackson Michael Jackson
Richard Pryor Himself
Diana Ross Herself
Stevie Wonder Himself
Dick Clark Himself
Smokey Robinson Himself
Lionel Richie Himself
Adam Ant Himself
Nick Ashford Himself (as Ashford & Simpson)
Renaldo Benson Himself
Cindy Birdsong Herself (Supremes member)
Bunny DeBarge Herself
El DeBarge Himself
James DeBarge Himself
Mark DeBarge Himself
Randy DeBarge Himself
Dennis Edwards Himself (Temptations member)
Abdul 'Duke' Fakir Himself
José Feliciano Himself
Melvin Franklin Himself (Temptations member)

Producers

Suzanne de Passe Executive Producer
Simone Sheffield Executive Producer
Suzanne Coston Producer
Buz Kohan Producer
Don Mischer Producer

Editors

Danny White

1983 Emmy Outstanding Achievement in Choreography Nominated
1983 Emmy Outstanding Art Direction for a Variety or Music Program Nominated
1983 Emmy Outstanding Directing in a Variety or Music Program Nominated
1983 Emmy Outstanding Individual Performance in a Variety or Music Program Nominated
1983 Emmy Outstanding Individual Performance in a Variety or Music Program Nominated
1983 Emmy Outstanding Lighting Direction (Electronic) for a Limited Series or a Special Nominated
1983 Emmy Outstanding Technical Direction and Electronic Camerawork for a Limited Series or a Special Nominated
1983 Emmy Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Program Won
1983 Emmy Outstanding Video Tape Editing for a Limited Series or a Special Nominated
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