When Motown 25: Yesterday, Today, Forever aired on NBC on May 16, 1983, it was an immediate sensation and became one of the most talked about concerts and TV specials ever. Motown 25 marked the first time that music fans saw Michael Jackson do the moonwalk in addition to many other iconic performances. Six months after the broadcast, the show deservedly won an Emmy Award, but has been unseen for over 20 years… until now. StarVista Entertainment/Time Life, in conjunction with de Passe Jones Entertainment and Berry Gordy’s West Grand Media, is making this historic show available on DVD for the very first time.
Motown 25 was taped before a live audience and featured virtually every Motown artist from the company’s inception, including Michael Jackson, Marvin Gaye, Smokey Robinson, Stevie Wonder, Diana Ross, The Supremes, The Jackson 5, The Miracles, The Temptations, Four Tops and many others. The show also featured many guests outside the Motown Records sphere who had been influenced by Motown artists, including Linda Ronstadt, who performed a memorable duet with Smokey Robinson, Billy Dee Williams, Jose Feliciano and British new wave star Adam Ant, who was riding a wave of popularity from MTV exposure.
This once-in-a-lifetime concert is available to music lovers in several different configurations including a deluxe 6-DVD collector’s set, which will be available exclusively online here. (Photo credit: Getty)