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Old School Fridays: Motown!

5 August 2008 2 Comments

I know that it’s Tuesday and all, but that little Blogger outage really put a cramp in my style. Instead of picking a few Motown songs for this post (because there are just too many classics to name), I’d like to share a few clips from 1983’s Motown: Yesterday, Today, and Forever special. I’ve posted the Temps/Tops feud and general “hootenany” in the past, and I can’t stress enough how much these clips remind me of my childhood (in fact, I’m sure that watching it over and over again at the age of 6 is what turned me into an oldhead well before my time).

Stevie Wonder is such a legend that it’s easy to forget that he got his start as Little Stevie Wonder with hits like this one, “Fingertips”. He really works that harmonica and brings it all back (aside: do you remember Willie Tyler and his dummy Lester? Catch a quick glimpse of him – or maybe them – introducing Stevie in the clip).

One of the best things about these old clips is that they feature random white stars of the 80’s trying to participate in something way grander. This clip, featuring Luther Vandross (whose music I miss) and Boy George (whose music I don’t) covering Jimmy Ruffin’s “What Becomes of the Brokenhearted.” Poor Boy George, he can’t even hang with Luther on this one…

Lastly, The Godfather of Soul performing “Please, Please, Please”. The best thing about this clip is remembering how hard James Brown used to kill it, although I couldn’t help but get an equally powerful tickle from hearing Bill Cosby say the phrase “Black Pride.” And of course, remembering me and my siblings acting out that cape move almost makes me misty.

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  • MrsGrapevine said:

    I guess the saying is true, it’s better late than never…

    I like little Stevie, he grew into a man and made some great music. Although it’s weird seeing him all grown up singing like Frankie Lymon…

  • ShAé - ShAé said:

    Awww shoot. A little bit of James Brown never hurt nobody. I’m not mad at you for being lat. 😉

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