Motown 25: Yesterday, Today, Forever 39 years old

Motown 25: Yesterday, Today, Forever is a 1983 television special produced by Suzanne de Passe for Motown Records, The show was also co-written by de Passe along with Ruth Adkins Robinson who would go on to write shows with de Passe for the next 25 years, including the follow up label tributes—through "Motown 40," Buz Kohan was the head writer of the threesome. The program was taped before a live studio audience at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium in Pasadena, California on March 25, 1983,[1] and broadcast on NBC on May 16. Among its highlights were Michael Jackson's performance of "Billie Jean", a Temptations/Four Tops "battle of the bands", Marvin Gaye's inspired speech about black music history and his memorable performance of "What's Going On", a Jackson 5 reunion.

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Motown 25: Yesterday, Today, Forever Cast

Name Character
Billy Dee Williams He was 46, now 85 years old
Howard Hesseman He was 43, now 82 years old
Linda Ronstadt She was 36, now 75 years old
Richard Pryor He was 42, 65 years old when he died
Stevie Wonder He was 33, now 72 years old
Dick Clark He was 53, 82 years old when he died
Diana Ross She was 39, now 78 years old
Marvin Gaye He was 44, 44 years old when he died
Smokey Robinson He was 43, now 82 years old
Tim Reid He was 38, now 77 years old
Nick Ashford He was 42, 70 years old when he died
Jermaine Jackson He was 28, now 67 years old
Dennis Edwards He was 40, 74 years old when he died
Randy Jackson He was 21, 57 years old when he died
Lionel Richie He was 33, now 73 years old
Mary Wilson She was 39, now 78 years old
El Debarge He was 21, now 61 years old
Jackie Jackson He was 32, now 71 years old
Tito Jackson He was 29, now 68 years old
Berry Gordy He was 53, now 92 years old
José Feliciano He was 37, now 76 years old
Rick James He was 35, 56 years old when he died
Levi Stubbs He was 46, 72 years old when he died
Adam Ant He was 28, now 67 years old
Valerie Simpson She was 36, now 75 years old
Melvin Franklin He was 40, 52 years old when he died
Martha Reeves She was 41, now 80 years old
Marlon Jackson He was 26, now 65 years old
James DeBarge He was 19, now 58 years old
Randy DeBarge He was 24, now 63 years old

Motown 25: Yesterday, Today, Forever Crew

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Motown 25: Yesterday, Today, Forever (39 years)

  • Release day: Monday, May 16, 1983