Motown 25: Yesterday, Today, Forever (1983)
About Motown 25: Yesterday, Today, Forever
Motown 25: Yesterday, Today, Forever is a 1983 television special produced by Suzanne de Passe for Motown Records, The show was also co-written by de Passe along 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 of the threesome. 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”, 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.