This TV show (during the era of Reagan) was a significant historical milestone, for the United States. It allowed America for once to universally (including MAGA types) to celebrate the culture of Black Americans across the board. Turns out that even the most “hardcore racists, love Motown. It also allowed Black Americans to exhibit pride in their accomplishment, without America trying to marginalize the accomplishment….
At the time I was living in Houston, Texas I remember my father calling me to remind me to watch it. Later I can remember my father calling me with excitement, to tell me that he had purchased a VHS copy of the program. He said that it was important history and he wanted to own a copy of it.
My father wasn’t alone in his feelings about the TV special…
Here on Soul-Patrol we would like to not only acknowledge the Anniversary of the Motown 25 TV Special, but also highlight some of the Motown related articles, audio & video we have compiled recently, as we celebrate Black Music Month. It’s an eclectic collection of essays, biographies, thought pieces, remembrances, etc. It’s not intended to be complete, it’s intended to be a start, not an end of your discovery of Motown.
Soul-Patrol Says Goodbye to Mary Wilson (Susaye Greene, Lamont Dozier & Darrell McNeil)
Brenda Holloway: The Very Best Of Brenda Holloway
RIP Jan Gaye/Lets Get it on
Supremes (Odds & Ends)
Going to the Outer Limits With Smokey Robinson
The Funk Side of Stevie Wonder
Shorty Long – Bio
Junior Walker Bio
Norman Whitfield and the Pscyhedelization of Bob Davis