WHAT’S ON TONIGHT Show **** Motown. Report a Problem | I love the three original Supremes equally. Among its highlights were Michael … Beyond Jackson’s “Billie Jean,” the program is much less magical than many people may realize. Diana’s run in her pantyhose? Full Series: every season & episode. Funny how no one ever talks about that. The show that celebrates the best in independent film! Problems Playing Video? However, I suspect that it was destroyed. I would have dranked, used cocaine the works.I would be like what the hush my mouth is this Bull.What acid trip was I on! 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. Diana, is and has always been considered “The Queen of Motown”…. Marvin Gaye, who had a bitter break-up with Motown years earlier, was not originally scheduled to perform. Media from over many decades weren’t so interchangeable and available in those early ’80s days. In an era before social media, MOTOWN 25was a true water-cooler event, marking the first time that music fans saw Michael … 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. When MOTOWN 25 first 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. I’m a true Ross fan and will be forever Diana! With Adam Ant, Nick Ashford, Florence Ballard, Renaldo Benson. Is it true Mary crashed her Jeep in the 90s and killed her son? Mary’s no angel, neither is Diana. Hosting is comedian Richard Pryor. And its Diana thet wont ever do a Reunion Tour…Not Mary…shes been begging for one for the last couple of years. 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). If Diana had retired years ago…there would be no Mary Wilson, Marys life now is nothing without a Diana Ross mention…No Mary cant ever upstage a Diva like Diana Ross. Your email address will not be published. We do, however, have information that a Ms Mary Wilson is scheduled to work in Catering Block B during the Grammy celebration ceremonies next month. 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. Available now in an expanded 3-DVD version, it features 5.1 Surround Sound that reveals the music to its fullest potential. It is so easy for some to want to believe that Diana was some anti-Christ. The ladies were asked to wear either black or white. Also loved the pre-Supremes Reunion clips of the group performing. 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. The Jackson 5 reunite for the 1983 television spectacular, Motown 25. In the sun-scorched dying desert town of Black Rock, John J. Macreedy (Spencer Tracy) steps off the Streamliner train, stopping for the first time in four... To think, all this time The Frighteners was just a loosely-based A Christmas Carol adaptation. 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. Can anyone tell me where is Diana’s brother Chico Ross?Is he being tolkd to lay low due to his drug use.and selling a story to the tabloids about his siste?Can anyone say. IMPORTANT NOTICE: The unauthorized duplication and distribution of copyright-protected material, either for crass commercial purposes or profit-free s***s and giggles, is not something that the entertainment industry appreciates. 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. Even more confusing was the decision to bring out talent who had no connection to Motown. Yes, they call Diana the “Queen of Motown”, but it’s more like the “Drag Queen of Motown”. Go figure! What Wilson did do was prove her intense jealousy of Diana Ross. Directed by Don Mischer. Jackson (along with his brothers) left Motown years earlier and he was not particularly eager to be part of the production. 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. Diana Ross is too often demonised by the media and many of her peers. All of this was new to me 50?yrs later that’s why people can’t let go. Ross was given direction from de Passe to make a speech and call down Gordy. 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. If you act out (by throwing a drink in your boss’s face in public, boozing up before a show, gaining weight, messing up your choreography and threatening everything The Supremes had accomplished as a top class act), hell yeah, you are gonna be put out, woman. excuse me! Mary Wilson needs to be locked up in Guantanamo Bay in a very large orange jumpsuit. The Supremes smack down has been twisted and turned by several writers (including Mary Wilson) for profit. And for one night in 1983 – now returning via pledge drive – the full Motown legacy was on display. A lot of jealousy for sure and the tall poppy syndrome. Dianas Fans are a Fierce Bunch and We will always protect our Diva! The Supremes were, in fact, prepared to do a medley, but the show ran overtime and it was decided that the girls would only do Someday We’ll Be Together. Mary Wilson could never upstage Diana Ross…Mary is classless…Mary started the whole thing by instigating Cindy into her plans. On March 25, 1983, California’s Pasadena Civic Auditorium was home to a one-shot TV special that reunited several of the major stars of the Motown record label. Copyright © 2021 Public Broadcasting Service (PBS), all rights reserved. | January 13, 2012. 1s after No. First Aired: November 20th, 2014. Wilson needed to spark drama for her memoir, Dreamgirl – My Life As A Supreme, and the press which loves a cat fight, bought into Wilson’s story and pinned Ross to the cross, who by the way, was sick with the stomach flu (notice her red tongue; she was sucking on lozenges the entire night). The notion that you could simply replace one girl on lead with another is ridiculous. Wow. MOTOWN 25 was not simply a 2-hour TV special...it was a flashpoint cultural event! Truth is Wilson, like Gaye, had an axe to grind against Motown. NR (Not Rated) Entertainment, Music, Special Special SD. The highlight that caused the most talk was Michael Jackson’s world premiere of the moonwalk (aka six seconds that changed the world) but Motown 25 had an abundance of buzzworthy moments—reunions by the Miracles, the Supremes and The Jackson 5; the first battle of the bands … It seemed fitting that Ross be the one to do so, but Wilson interceded and cut off Ross, so Ross delicately pushed Wilson’s mic down. This was edited out and sparked the fury of both Berry Gordy and Motown head Suzanne de Passe. Ross had just left Motown for RCA for $20 million, the most lucrative female recording contract at the time. Wilson also went off the teleprompter and talked about the loss of Florence Ballard earlier in the show. Some sealed LP's have a sticker mentioning: "Motown 25: Yesterday, Today, Forever," which was a 1983 television special produced by Suzanne de Passe for Motown Records to commemorate Motown's twenty-fifth year of existence. A real tragedy. 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. You still owe me $100 for that plain oak casket. We can remove the first video in the list to add this one. So one has to understand what the “Motown25” special meant to those who viewed the program in 1983; we just didn’t watch and enjoy it–we lived it. Twas only five years girl. Such is the unpredictability of doing a live show. Thank you Chris for putting the record straight! or in the PBS app. I believe that Diana Ross is and has always been a very humble and down to earth give you the shirt off her back person. All Wilson had to do was show up & get into her assigned position, just like The Jacksons, Temptations, Four Tops, Miracles, DeBarge, etc., did, but, Wilson couldn’t be happy where her minimal talents have placed her, and her behavior ruined what could have been a magical moment, but, when you’re as desperate for publicity as is Wilson, what else can be expected? Closed Captioning. 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. It was anything but a smack down. Motown 25 was the Michael Jsckson show. 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. 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. It’s time to get a life and move on people! God bless you, Ms. Diana Ross! Nope. 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. She then proceeds to take over Diana’s lead. Motown was founded in January 1959 (Per Wikipedia). Girl, when Diane pushed Mary, Smokey and I decided that he better go out and difuse the situation; we didn’t want no bald Diane Ross up on that stage! Visit our full length Privacy Policy to get informed on our policies regarding the collection, use and disclosure of information we receive from users. Blockbuster called. LOL. She even told Birdsong to sing quietly during rehearsals so the sound engineer raised their mic levels. The show got off to a bad start with an opening number featuring the Lester Wilson Dancers performing a cheesy interpretation of “Dancing in the Street.” The show’s host, a visibly ill-at-ease Richard Pryor, followed them by reading his lines off a TelePrompTer with wide-eyed discomfort. She stayed mum, and only decided to “right the wrong” after Ballard’s death by milking a book deal — profits, from which, I doubt went to Ballard’s family. Sheppard, who recorded for Motown’s ill fated and mostly forgotten country music label in the 1970s, offered a bit of Nashville twang (which was completely out of place in the show’s line-up). 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. Oddly, the purchase and ownership of bootleg DVDs is perfectly legal. Petty antics by so called stars, who harbored soured grapes at what was to be a celebration, ought to have been the ones lambasted. But he showed up and gave the show a much needed energy boost with a moving monologue on African American music history and an appropriately soulful performance of “What’s Going On.” In retrospect, his appearance was the most poignant part of the show – a year later, his father shot him to death during a domestic dispute. I found Motown 25 a bit lack luster except for Michael Jackson performing “Billy Jean” and Mary Wilson struting out on stage wearing that hot red dress belting out “Someday We’ll Be Together.”. Except Adam Ant. Two legendary ladies, Mary Wells and Martha Reeves, were only given about 30-seconds apiece to present samples of their best-known work – and, sadly, both women were far from their vocal primes. 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. He only agreed to appear if he could perform his then current hit single, “Billie Jean,” which was released by the Epic label. CHANCES OF SEEING A COMMERCIAL DVD RELEASE:  It is possible. 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. Rated TV14 • 113 minutes. Required fields are marked *. LAST SEEN: The full show is available in a six-part installment on YouTube. Before you submit an error, please consult our Troubleshooting Guide. You’ll CLEARLY see that Mary TRIES to give Diana back the lead, but Diana is too busy dancing like some autistic robot. benefit. And did Mary Quite Contrary stand up for Ballard during the entire ordeal? But the Ross temper was not the only thing missing from the show. As a result, it was a real awaited special and the performances were something we relished in very much. 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