YouTube Videos of Motown Musical Performances by SJ Johnson
Copyright: SJ Johnson
As a music lover, I'm always on the hunt for videos featuring my favorite musical artists. YouTube.com is always the first place I look. As a Motown fan, YouTube.com gives me a chance to see the original Motown artists perform my favorite songs. Over the years, I've stumbled upon some real gems.
Bobby Darin & Stevie Wonder 'If I Were a Carpenter' (1969)
Bobby Darin and Motown's Stevie Wonder performed 'If I Were a Carpenter' on the show 'Kraft Music Hall: The Sound of the Sixties.' Since their performance was live, it took Darin and Wonder a few seconds to find their groove; however, watching these two great artists flub the lyrics and miss their cues doesn't diminish their performance. In fact, it makes it better. Darin and Wonder can just "wing it" and still create pure magic. (Click the video link to see the performance. This YouTube.com video has the best sound, and this video has a clearer picture).
Smokey Robinson & The Miracles 'Shop Around' (1960)
Watching this video proves that Motown's Smokey Robinson and The Miracles were ahead of their time. With their slick suits and synchronized choreography, it is easy to see their influence on today's recording artists and entertainers.
Martha Reeves & The Vandellas 'Nowhere to Run' (1965)
This live performance of Martha Reeves and the Vandellas standing on a precarious platform, while mod dancers perform in silhouette beneath them, is one of my favorites. You can tell how shaky the platform was by looking at the microphone rock back-and-forth.
Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell 'Ain't No Mountain High Enough' (1967)
This YouTube.com video is a clip from 'The Tonight Show.' It shows Johnny Carson introducing Motown superstars Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell. Gaye and Terrell's chemistry is obvious as they playfully sing Ashford & Simpson's hit 'Ain't No Mountain High Enough.'
The Supremes 'Stop! In the Name of Love' (1965)
Who could leave out The Supremes? They are synonymous with Motown. This video of the group features Diana Ross, Florence Ballard, and Mary Wilson.
The Jackson 5 & Cher 'I'll Be There, Never Can Say Goodbye, etc.'Medley (1975)
A YouTube.com Motown Video list would not be complete without a video of Michael Jackson and the Jackson 5. This little gem from 'The Cher Show' proves why Cher is a legend. She was able to keep up, vocally and physically with the tremendous talent and energy of Michael Jackson and the Jackson 5.