Marvin Gaye’s “I Want You” by The Lester Wilson Dancers, 1984
“Motown 25: Yesterday, Today, Forever” is that gift that keeps on giving. First aired in 1983, the special was a mainstay in my childhood for years later thanks to the newfangled wonder that was VHS recording. This is the same television special that I’ve already posted clips from three times – when Michael Jackson first unveiled the Moonwalk, the Four Tops and Temptations had a classic battle, and Stevie Wonder rocked the house in a way so memorable that I still remember every note. Why hasn’t anyone re-released this thing instead of making us watch the BET and MTV Awards with bated breath, knowing they’ll never compare? Meanwhile, all of the clips get pulled off of You Tube with the quickness. I’ve dedicated my existence to tracking down as many moments from this show as possible, and loyal reader Jazzfan360 has come through with the latest installment.
Marvin Gaye’s “I Want You,” is one of the sexiest songs ever, something that was lost on me back in the eighties. I did, however, understand the soulfulness of black folks when I watched the moving transitions between the Ernie Barnes painting “The Sugar Shack” and the modern dancers on stage. Just watch, it’s fantastic.