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What Wilson did do was prove her intense jealousy of Diana Ross. DVD INFORMATION Full show. And let’s not forget, if not for Ross and her talent, drive, and yes, affections between her and Gordy, The Supremes might not have been supreme at all. Use one of the services below to sign in to PBS: You've just tried to add this video to My List. It is so easy for some to want to believe that Diana was some anti-Christ. By the way, Diana? Find album reviews, stream songs, credits and award information for Motown 25: Yesterday, … Get extended access to 1600+ episodes, binge watch your favorite shows, and stream anytime - online wow steve weaver and all the other funnyfarm ross fans are here.. wow. They make me feel good. White people in the 50’s were shoved down our throats.If I never see another on tv I could care less.Blacks can act to I enjoyed lady sings the blues.I have never heard “flo” sing lead so I will have to order from Amazon.Her music can only be bought over there.Last but not least they messed up dvd at “the sands” the last 25 mins is damaged?That would never happen to a dvd of Diana Ross.I wish that she could have had something done about it.I had to buy the “U”cd just to hear her next song.Someone else wrote her about it, asked her did she know that they messed up her dvd?Tell me don’t that make you go huh!$_huh! Your continuing support helps make THIRTEEN possible. She is the most Spiritual and, loving person I have ever know and I get a healing in my Soul every time I see her. And did Mary Quite Contrary stand up for Ballard during the entire ordeal? What happened next, of course, changed the course of Jackson’s career and popular music. Watch Motown 25: Yesterday, Today, Forever Online: The complete guide by MSN. Motown 25: Yesterday, Today, Forever was an Emmy-winning television special celebrating the music created by one, black-owned record label that nicknamed itself “Hitsville.” Tamla/Motown has provided the Sound of Young America for generations. I absolutely believe every word Mary Wilson had to say on the subject – I enjoy Diane’s music, but I am not a fan of Miss Ross and her star trip. Or maybe she was just bombed as per usual. But first, we need you to sign in to PBS using one of the services below. By Motown 25: Yesterday, Today, Forever is a 1983 television special, produced by Suzanne de Passe for Motown Records, to commemorate Motown's 25th year (Motown was founded in January 1959).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. NR (Not Rated) Entertainment, Music, Special Special SD. On important thing that was not mentioned is that the official MGMUA home video included an extra 30 minutes of segments that did not appear on the actual television broadcast. Such is the unpredictability of doing a live show. This myth has gone on far too long. He only agreed to appear if he could perform his then current hit single, “Billie Jean,” which was released by the Epic label. Come time to the actual performance, their mics were louder than Ross’s. A bittersweet moment, indeed. Motown 25 aired to instant critical acclaim and went on snag the 1984 Emmy Award for Best Variety Program.Apart from Motown’s greatest acts from the 1960’s reuniting onstage for the first time in years, Motown 25 has earned a place in pop culture as the night that … Rated TV14 • 113 minutes. 1. So glad to read about what really happened on Motown 25 between Diana Ross and Mary Wilson. It was Wilson, who deliberately sabotaged The Supremes’ reunion — from not reading the teleprompter to strutting out late in not a complementary black number, but a shocking red gown to then stealing the lead vocals on Someday (she later claimed she thought Ross had forgotten the lyrics). There was a press release in Billboard magazine after the release of her disastrous solo debut. Thank you for helping us improve PBS Video. Adam Ant (of all people) performed an inane version of “Where Did Our Love Go?” while Linda Ronstadt did a duet with Smokey Robinson on “Tracks of My Tears” and “Ooh Baby Baby.” Dick Clark offered a brief overview of famous white artists who covered Motown tunes, Howard Hesseman and Tim Reid reprised their DJ characters from “WKRP in Cincinnati” and fast-talking comic actor John Moschitta Jr. also showed up on stage. He was not even invited to participate despite the fact he was still working and available to appear on the show. NR (Not Rated) Entertainment, Music, Special Special SD. Now knowing this important bit of information, why would the one person that was fired from the company introduce the CEO on such an important night? However, Jackson’s show stopping moment called attention to the problems with “Motown 25.” Despite its stellar line-up, few of the performers gave evidence of their talents. I believe in fair play.I feel cheated not having had the chance to hear Flor sing lead.You see the Funk brothers slaved for Berry only to see most them die in abject poverty.Life is hard in Detroit and large cities.What was fair about Berry’s gambling habits.I read that he really lost control of Motown.Who knows.What we do know is that many were cheated.We can see court records to prove that.Teena Maria is just one example.Mary Wells, flo but lost due to poor legal advice.She had to sue her own lawyer.Dig this the one lawyer that could help her was killed in court.Sounds scarey doesn’t it? I think in a roundabout way, that's why so little thought or effort was put into the Supremes "reunion". CHRIS CLARK From head to toe in London British fans of Motown – or Tamla Motown, ... Hollywood Honours Motown Records Founder With ‘Berry Gordy Square’ Jackson and (inexplicably) Pryor received nominations for Outstanding Individual Performance in a Variety or Music Program, but they lost to soprano Leontyne Price for her guest star turn on PBS’ “Live from Lincoln Center.”. "The shove heard around the world" pales in comparison to MJ's "Billie Jean" and moonwalk. Finally, she said: “Everybody’s coming back to do this show. It’s me again linda.Hi let me share a real ife story with you.I worked as an l.p.n it stands for licienced practical nurse.I worked from you1972 to2003.Now I am 60 yrs.old.Those were the most miserable yrs. What exactly was Mary jealous of? Back when Motown 25 took place, newspapers and magazines were abuzz about the confrontation between Ross & Wilson (the “audible gasp” of the audience when Diana shoved Mary’s microphone away from her mouth), and the account stated here is way off the mark. LAST SEEN: The full show is available in a six-part installment on YouTube. Dianas Fans are a Fierce Bunch and We will always protect our Diva! Watch full episodes of Motown 25: Yesterday, Today, Forever and get the latest breaking news, exclusive videos and pictures, episode recaps and much more at TVGuide.com CHANCES OF SEEING A COMMERCIAL DVD RELEASE:  It is possible. But anyone finding “Motown 25” might be surprised at the quotidian nature of the offering. Oddly, the purchase and ownership of bootleg DVDs is perfectly legal. Wilson wears red. Unfortunately when they edited that clip, they also cut out my 14 minute version of the Supremes classic “Wait”, which was released shortly after I replaced Freda Payne in the group. It’s amazing how, many years later, the truth can be so easily reinvented. "Motown 25" branding may have appeared on some December 1983 releases. Maybe she was trying to do the Moonwalk? So what if Jackson performed Billie Jean. However, he was asked to represent the ‘today’ aspect of the show, reportedly at the insistence of MJ who was a big fan of his at the time. In 1980, Jermaine scores a Top 10 hit with “Let’s Get Serious,” co-written and produced by Stevie Wonder. Mary Wilson needs to be locked up in Guantanamo Bay in a very large orange jumpsuit. Ross – who rejected a multi-song medley in favor of a single number – was initially confused as Wilson and Birdsong strayed from the choreography of their rehearsed routine and Wilson boldly took the lead vocals on “Someday We’ll Be Together.”  But when Wilson closed the number by inviting Motown founder Berry Gordy Jr. to the stage, Ross reacted violently. The show deservedly won an Emmy Award, but has been unseen for over 20 years, until today. I thought that the Tops/Tempts combo and medley was electrifying. I wonder what Berry takes to sleep at night and Miss Ross.Oh yes they take their moneyIMy bad!Iaint mad at you honey. Hosting is comedian Richard Pryor. The Supremes smack down has been twisted and turned by several writers (including Mary Wilson) for profit. Gaye’s star-turn was matched by a boisterous reunion of The Jacksons, who performed four of their top Motown songs. In researching this article, I read that Berry still has the footage. Now will Motown/Universal finally release this classic on DVD? I was so diappointed by Mary Wilson’s nonsense at Motown 25. First Aired: November 20th, 2014. Even more confusing was the decision to bring out talent who had no connection to Motown. Documentary film that focuses on the period beginning with the birth of Motown in Detroit in 1958 until its relocation to Los Angeles in the early 1970s. Marvin Gaye, who had a bitter break-up with Motown years earlier, was not originally scheduled to perform. Check to see. Yes, they call Diana the “Queen of Motown”, but it’s more like the “Drag Queen of Motown”. Motown 25 Yesterday, Today, Forever (DVD) : Television special commemorating record company Motown's 25th anniversary, featuring performances and interviews. Also loved the pre-Supremes Reunion clips of the group performing. For those looking to enjoy a memory lane stroll, “Motown 25” provided a reunion of The Miracles, who performed a medley of four of their classic tunes, and Stevie Wonder performing a medley of six of his top-charting songs. She even told Birdsong to sing quietly during rehearsals so the sound engineer raised their mic levels. Is it true Mary crashed her Jeep in the 90s and killed her son? Let’s forget all the backstage gossip about incidents that allegedly happened centuries ago and just focus on their place in musical history and enjoy their musical legacy which still continues to bring pleasure to fans of all ages all over the world. The show that celebrates the best in independent film! Don’t think Diana Ross will ever appear in the same room as Mary Wilson ever again. To date, however, there has been no DVD release. First Aired: November 20th, 2014. Finally, poster “Chris” gets it right and sets the record straight about marywilson’s devious act that evening. All of this was new to me 50?yrs later that’s why people can’t let go. However, why do people still continue to rehash all this old crap and open the floodgates for idiots to spew their hateful comments one way or another. If Diana DIDN’T shove Mary and merely pushed her microphone down, what’s the big deal? Sadly, at the stroke of midnight whilst everyone was still on stage concluding the chorus of Reach Out And Touch, it was Ross’s birthday. However, I suspect that it was destroyed. On this day in '83, soul music's brightest stars gathered to perform performed during the taping of 'Motown 25,' TV special that would premiere Michael Jackson's iconic moonwalk and more to the world. Just what happened next has been in dispute – some sources say that Ross physically pushed Wilson down the stage, while other sources say that Ross merely pushed away Wilson’s microphone while she was speaking. Such Bulsh-t… Stop ganging up on Mary and Cindy… Diana IS THE STAR, and no one can take that away… unless there is a reunion tour. They were the biggest Motown acts, who had left on not so pleasant terms, but they agreed to do the special out of respect and appreciation to Gordy. Hitsville USA was the nickname for the first headquarters of Motown- who brought huge sensations such as Marvin Gaye, The Temptations, The Supremes, Smokey Robinson, and Stevie Wonder. Thank you Chris for putting the record straight! It was 37 years Saturday night (May 16th, 1983) that the Motown 25: Yesterday, Today, Forever TV special aired on NBC. BOOTLEG FILES 410: “Motown 25 – Yesterday, Today, Forever” (1983 TV special featuring Michael Jackson, Marvin Gaye and the Supremes). 1s and rivaling The Beatles and Elvis along the way? LOL. MOTOWN FOREVER “Motown 25: Yesterday, Today, Forever” Diana Ross is too often demonised by the media and many of her peers. Don’t forget, in those days those clips, now very common in contemporary YouTube days, were very rare–so seeing The Supremes suddenly switch to color and performing “Stop!” from their ‘TCB’ special, and “Someday” from The Ed Sullivan Show, seemed like ancient history by 1983 viewers’ perspective and were a treat to behold and marvel at. As for Diana Ross joining in his performance, not only was Adam flattered, amazed, and starstruck, but he was also very grateful: he had recently had surgery on his knee and the pain was excruciating, which you can hear in his voice and see in his dancing (or, rather, his ‘staggering’). Except Adam Ant. The Jackson 5 reunite for the 1983 television spectacular, Motown 25. And that counter attack came in the form of a press release that she was indeed fired from the label. He had even sat down for a rest by the time she came on. Petty antics by so called stars, who harbored soured grapes at what was to be a celebration, ought to have been the ones lambasted. The Motown brass were not going to tolerate her antics without a counter attack. Motown 25 was a history making concert that debuted on NBC on May 16, 1983 to celebrate the quarter of a century anniversary of Berry Gordy Jr's Hitsville USA! The jig is up! I know Motown 25 is best remembered as the show Michael Jackson unveiled the moonwalk, but IMO, the highlight of the show was watching Marvin Gaye sing. A real tragedy. Copy a link to this video to your clipboard, Antiques Roadshow: Vintage Baltimore 2021 Hour 1, Independent Lens: A Day in the Life of America. On this day in '83, soul music's brightest stars gathered to perform performed during the taping of 'Motown 25,' TV special that would premiere Michael Jackson's iconic moonwalk and more to the world. The 25th Anniversary of Motown Records is celebrated by its past and present stars playing their greatest hits, plus some new ones. I don’t understand why people here are trying to change history,Diana forgot the words to Someday,We’re Be Together at Motown25,Diana couldn’t find her way back to the lead,yes Mary took it over,waiting for Diana to take it back,Diana was lost,and the Diana Ross fans want to blame Mary Wilson,Diana came out while Adam Aunt was doing a number,he looked at Diana like what are you doing,i’m sure Diana’s fans want to blame Mary for that also,like it on not Diana pushed Mary,i was told you are not ever to touch any one,and that means Mary Wilson,Mary Wilson is doing fine,sure she has had some up’s and downs,and Diana has had her ups and downs,THAT’ LIFE,Mary is JEALOUS of Diana?REALLY?LOL. Jackson (along with his brothers) left Motown years earlier and he was not particularly eager to be part of the production. Have any of you actually WATCHED Motown 25? Marv went back to the very beginning of Motown and they totally left him out. I guess I’m looking back on it from the perspective of a baby boomer in his 50s who, along with others of my age group, in that era were presented and fascinated with everything retro, ’60s and Motown. The original broadcast of the two-hour show was watched by 47 million people, according to Nielsen, with 35 percent of the country with a TV set turned on watching Motown 25. She has done great things that many of us know nothing about and is a truly blessed Woman of God. Originally aired on Tv as a Motown Records anniversary special, this special features performances by all of Motown's biggest starts, including a special one re-uniting the Jackson 5 as well as Michael's world famous performance of Billie Jean, where he … Ross had just left Motown for RCA for $20 million, the most lucrative female recording contract at the time. My advice, let bygones by bygones and enjoy life today, because it’s later than we all think! It's not even a Motown song, and the inclusion was the only way to get him to say yes. I close with much love and respect.I am also buying anything I can from Flos family.Her sisters book worth$70.00.you go “Flo”s family you all will ge paid.Many of us are buying anything we can of Miss Ballads legecy, Hi just want to say it hurts me to hear anyone speak badly about Mary wilso .Shes suffered enough have compassion she lot her her sweet son read the tragic events thats surronds it.She wante so desperately to sing and be apart of motown.I long to have a voice half as good as her.Also Mary shows remorse foir her actions toward “flo”she enjoys what she does.I understand her.I feel her pain.I have just learned in full detail of the death of sons.His last wors as he lay dying was,mommy don`t die.Until your child dies in your arms as you cling for life.My God get off her case.Shes trying to survive.Yes miss ross is rich no question about that.They have all paid a very high price for stradom.My last remark is a bought reflexions.I was disappointed not the sing Only one lead Singer.Now I can make informed decison about marys voice.Fields if gold her you “U”cd she sounds goodI hope to see her in concert if I KEEP living.Mary is Mary she in a class of her own she wants her world not the whole world.She shares her stage with her band.Bigger does`t always mean better.I can never dis respect Miss Ross.But big fame can brig shame Remember mike and Houston and many others yes Ross has a very unique voice but just remember how You treat others can come back to bit us all in the Tu Tu.Smile peace.”FLO”we all loved you.Mary thanks for exposing motor-town.We needed to know the truth.Good or Bad.The history shows that blacks do have a history of sweeping on each other toil get to the top.Floor definitely was too.much of a lady for that.I would rather die poor than to hurt one struggling humanbean.Thanks again supremes. 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