On May 5th, 1985 the Apollo’s renovation is celebrated with a 50th Anniversary grand reopening and television special, “Motown Salutes the Apollo,” with special guests (2:30) George Michael, and Diana Ross.
The event was hosted by Bill Cosby, with Patti Labelle, Nicholas Brothers, Levi Stubbs, Jessie Jackson, Emmanuel Lewis, Little Richard, Smokey Robinson, Berry Gordy, Kid Creole & His Coconuts and many others singing “I Wanna Know What Love Is,” Live at the Apollo Theatre in Harlem, New York, 1985.
It was another classic performance by George Michael at the Apollo Theatre:
“I Want To Know What Love Is” is a 1984 power ballad recorded by the British-American rock band Foreigner. The song hit #1 in both the United Kingdom and the United States and is the group’s biggest hit to date. It remains one of the band’s best known songs and most enduring radio hits charting in the top 25 in 2000, 2001, and 2002 on the Billboard Hot Adult Contemporary Recurrents chart.