This was also the first time he performed what would become his most famous signature move, the moonwalk. Marvin Gaye, who had left the label a year before to sign with Columbia Records and had a current hit with " Sexual Healing ," agreed at the last minute to join the roster of other Motown legends to perform. Paul Williams who also left the group in had died in , and Al Bryant who left the group and was replaced by Ruffin in had died in Motown 25 was a showcase for the highly anticipated reunion of the Supremes: Diana Ross , Mary Wilson and Supremes replacement Cindy Birdsong original member Florence Ballard had died in Hidden categories: Webarchive template wayback links Articles with short description Articles needing additional references from March All articles needing additional references. Jermaine was also there, finally performing with his brothers for the first time since leaving the group in , and brother Randy joined the group for the medley as well When Jermaine left the Jackson 5 for a solo career, Randy had replaced him. Michael's concert performances of "Billie Jean" in the years since Motown 25 were always formatted on his performance on this special, from the opening pose with the fedora, black sequin jacket, and glove, to the moonwalk routine in the song's bridge. Although producer Suzanne de Passe had instructed Diana to introduce Berry Gordy after leading the finale a fact unknown to Mary , Wilson decided to do the honors by calling Berry down herself. After the beginning chords of "Someday We'll Be Together", Birdsong entered from stage left, and Wilson entered from stage right.
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