getTV Celebrates Black History Month with Epic Performances

Highlights include rare appearances by Whitney Houston, Muhammad Ali, Lena Horne, Aretha Franklin, Gladys Knight, Smokey Robinson, Patti LaBelle, Lola Falana, and more.
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Press release: getTV pays tribute to Black History Month in a lineup packed with classic appearances from some of the biggest African-American stars of all time, including four straight weeks of Sonny & Cher guest performances by Michael Jackson and The Jackson 5 each Monday at 9 p.m. ET, followed by rare TV specials starring Lena Horne, Lola Falana, and more at at 10 p.m. ET. As part of the network’s Sunday overnight “Get Lost In TV” block celebrating classic TV rarities, getTV will also present a Night Of Soul on Sunday, February 12, at 11 p.m. ET, in honor of the 59TH GRAMMY Awards taking place that same evening.

getTV’s complete Black History Month programming lineup is as follows:

Monday, February 6

9 p.m. ET—The Black History Month block kicks off on February 6 with Michael Jackson in a 1972 appearance on THE SONNY AND CHER COMEDY HOUR, joking with Sonny & Cher about his blossoming career before performing with The Jackson 5, and delivering a solo rendition of “Ben.”

10 p.m. ET—Trailblazing songstresses—and good friends—Gladys Knight, Patti LaBelle, and Dionne Warwick perform their biggest hits and open up about their legendary friendship in the award-winning SISTERS IN THE NAME OF LOVE.

Monday, February 13

9 p.m. ET—The Jackson 5 are back in action, performing “Dancing Machine” on THE SONNY AND CHER COMEDY HOUR.

10 p.m. ET—Pioneering actress and singer Lena Horne shines in her first-ever U.S. television special on MONSANTO NIGHT PRESENTS LENA HORNE, featuring singer O.C. Smith and actor David Janssen. The event was one of the first specials ever to be headlined by an African-American woman, when it originally aired in 1969.

9 p.m. ET—The Jackson 5 star in charming skits and perform a medley of their chart-topping singles with Cher on the 1975 post-Sonny series CHER.

10 p.m. ET—Dionne Warwick in her first television special DIONNE WARWICK - SOULED OUT, performing trademark tunes such as “What The World Needs Now,” “Do You Know The Way To San Jose,” and “I’ll Never Fall In Love Again” alongside frequent collaborator Burt Bacharach.

Monday, February 27

9 p.m. ET—The block begins with a sidesplitting 1976 episode of THE SONNY AND CHER SHOW, as The Jacksons perform “Enjoy Yourself” and a fun “Bozo Awards Medley” with Sonny, Cher, and Bob Hope.

10 p.m. ET—The multi-talented Lola Falana brings the house down with her signature vocals, riveting dance moves, and comedic charm in the 1975 special LOLA!, with guests Muhammad Ali and Hal Linden, at 10 p.m. ET.

“Get Lost In TV” Night Of Soul Block—Sunday, February 12 Starting at 11 p.m. ET

In addition to the Monday night offerings, getTV will air a star-studded “Get Lost In TV” Night Of Soul overnight block on Sunday, February 12, celebrating rare specials and performances in conjunction with the 59TH Grammy Awards.

11 p.m. ET—getTV remembers superstar Whitney Houston in the network premiere of her 1983 national television debut on THE MERV GRIFFIN SHOW. Houston, who is just 20-years-old at the time, is introduced by mentor Clive Davis and performs a classic soul medley with her mother Cissy Houston.

12 a.m. ET—Motown legends The Supremes, The Temptations, and Stevie Wonder rock THE SMOKEY ROBINSON SHOW.

1 a.m. ET—Merv Griffin sits down with Smokey Robinson, Hall & Oates, and The Temptations on THE MERV GRIFFIN SHOW.

2 a.m. ET—Motown mainstays The Temptations perform their biggest hits in the 1969 special THE TEMPTATIONS SHOW.

3 a.m. ET—Aretha Franklin sings her signature singles “Respect” and “Chain Of Fools” on WOODY ALLEN LOOKS AT 1967.

4 a.m. ET—Diana Ross & The Supremes perform a show-stopping pop song medley with Bing Crosby on THE BING CROSBY SPECIAL.

5 a.m. ET—Gladys Knight, Patti LaBelle, and Dionne Warwick bring the night to an end in SISTERS IN THE NAME OF LOVE at 5 a.m. ET.

For a complete schedule, visit www.get.tv/schedule. In addition to airing these shows on the dates noted above, some of the programs mentioned are scheduled for further broadcasts throughout the month. (See listings for further details.)

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