Music – Jackson 5 – I Want You Back + I’ll Be There & Michael Jackson – Billy Jean

The Jackson 5 were an American pop band composed of members of the Jackson family….as the group was founded in 1964 in Gary, Indiana by brothers Jackie, Tito, and Jermaine, with younger brothers Marlon and Michael Jackson joining soon after….who became among the first black American performers to attain a crossover following….as they were preceded by the Supremes, the Four Tops and the Temptations.  The Jackson 5 have sold more…

Music – 1979 – The Blues Brothers – I Got Everything I Need, Almost + Trying to Get Next To You

The Blues Brothers are an American blues and soul revivalist band founded in 1978 by comedy actors Dan Aykroyd and John Belushi as part of a musical sketch on Saturday Night Live. Belushi and Aykroyd fronted the band, in character, respectively, as lead vocalist ‘Joliet’ Jake Blues and harmonica player/vocalist Elwood Blues. The band was composed of previously well-known musicians….and debuted as the musical guest on the April 22, 1978, episode of Saturday…

Music – 1986 – Whitney Houston – The Greatest Love Of All – Performed At Liberty Weekend

Whitney Houston (August 9, 1963 – February 11, 2012) was an American singer and actress…..who was cited as the most awarded female artist of all time by Guinness World Records….and remains one of the best-selling music artists of all time with 200 million records sold worldwide.  She released seven studio albums and two soundtrack albums….all of which have been…

Music – 1978 – The Temptations – The Way You Do The Things You Do + My Girl + Just My Imagination

The Temptations is an American vocal group who released a series of successful singles and albums with Motown Records during the 1960’s and 1970’s. The group’s work with producer Norman Whitfield, beginning with the Top 10 hit single “Cloud Nine” in October 1968….which pioneered psychedelic soul, and was significant in the evolution of R&B and soul music.  The band members are known for their choreography, distinct…

Music – 1985 – The Jackson 5 – I Want You Back + I’ll Be There – Performed At MoTown 25th Anniversary Show

The Jackson 5 , later known as the Jacksons….were an American pop band composed of members of the Jackson family. The group was founded in 1964 in Gary, Indiana by brothers Jackie, Tito, and Jermaine….with younger brothers Marlon and Michael Jackson joining soon after. They were among the first black American performers to attain a crossover following….while being preceded only by the Supremes, the Four Tops, and the Temptations. The…

Music – 1970 – The Staple Singers – The Weight – Take A Load Off Annie

The Staple Singers were an American gospel, soul and R&B singing group…..as Roebuck “Pops” Staples was the patriarch of the family….who formed the group with his children Cleotha,  Pervis and Mavis….whereby Yvonne replaced her brother when he was drafted into the U.S. Army….and again in 1970. They are best known for their 1970’s hits “Respect Yourself”, “I’ll Take You There”, “If You’re Ready (Come Go…

Music – 1985 – Mary Wells – My Guy + Junior Walker – Shotgun + The Commodores – Brick House

This video excerpt from the 1985 MoTown 25 Year Anniversary Show feature Mary Wells singing My Guy….Junior Walker singing Shotgun….and The Commodores performing Brick House….all of which were # 1 songs for MoTown Records….plus they are introduced by famous Cincinnatti disc jockeys Johnny Fever (Tim Reed) and Venus Fly Trap (Howard Hessman).   Motown in the early 1960s. Along with the…

Music – 1985 – Stevie Wonder – Come Back For More + My Cheri Amor + You Are The Sunshine Of My Life

 Stevie Wonder is an American singer, songwriter, musician, record producer, and multi-instrumentalist….who early on was a child prodigy…..who became one of the most critically and commercially successful musical performers of the late 20th century.  Wonder signed with Motown’s Tamla label at the age of 11…..and he continued performing and recording for Motown into the 2010’s.   Among Wonder’s works are…

Music – 1985 – The 4 Tops + The Temptations Medley – I’ll Be There & My Girl & Getting Ready More

There were many wonderful highlights from the 1985 television special MoTown 25….which was a celebration of MoTown Records first 25 years of operation…..as many of their stars coming back to honor the record label that truly put black music and black entertainers on the map….with none bigger for the night than when The Four Tops and The Temptations came on…