Ten of the most memorable and best-loved Motown performances in the distinguished broadcast history of The Ed Sullivan Show have been compiled in one seven-minute clip, on the long-running variety series’ official YouTube channel.
They include unforgettable appearances by the Supremes and the Temptations, both together and separately the Jackson 5; the Four Tops; and Smokey Robinson & the Miracles. The clips cover the halcyon period between 1965 and 1971 when Motown artists dominated the show’s running orders, just as they did the pop and soul charts in the U.S. and around the world.
The collection begins with the Jackson 5’s “ABC,” as performed on Sullivan in May 1970. The penultimate excerpt captures the family group’s debut on the show with their first smash “I Want You Back” in December 1969. Diana Ross and the Supremes feature with the indelible “You Can’t Hurry Love” from September 1966, and again in a dynamic combination with the Temptations, featuring Ms. Ross trading lead lines with David Ruffin, on “(I Know) I’m Losing You,” from December 1967. Ruffin stars again in the Tempts’ May 1967 entry with “My Girl,” by then already a Motown classic.
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