Motown 40: The Music is Forever

40 years of Hitsville USA's innovative popular music- Motown.

Dana Heinz Perry, Hart Perry,
Yvonne Smith

photo: Hitsville headquarters
1998- A four-hour documentary special for ABC on the history and influence of Motown, celebrating the 40th anniversary of Motown Records. It features interviews and performances by Diana Ross, Smokey Robinson, Babyface, En Vogue, Bonnie Raitt, James Taylor, Sean "Puffy" Combs, Berry Gordy and Lionel Ritchie among others.

    Part 1 - Directed by Yvonne Smith
    Part 2 - Directed by Hart Perry


"Historic clips are not only plentiful but expertly used throughout the commentary from the oft-quoted principles. As in the best of the docus, the dominance is felt rather than explained. The label and it's key acts - Temptations, Supremes, Four Tops, Stevie Wonder, Martha and the Vandellas, Mary Wells, etc. have certainly been well explored in other rock documentaries, though few have presented this clear a portrait" - Variety


"Motown 40: The Music is Forever. The two part four-hour celebration is guaranteed to get your feet tapping and fingers snapping! Anyone who has ever savored the rhythms of Motown will appreciate this ambitious tribute sprinkled with snippets of all those familiar tunes." - Valley Morning Star

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