BERRY GORDY
AND
MOTOWN RECORDS
EARLY LIFE
-born 1929 (Detroit, Michigan)
-7th of 8 children
-dropped out of high school
-became a boxer
-drafted into the Army
(Korean war)
-married Thelma Coleman (1953)
Career:
-began writing songs
-opened a record store
(3-D RECORD MART)
-wrote a song that was recorded by
Jackie Wilson
PRODUCING:
-discovered Smokey Robinson and the
Miracles in 1957
-he began building his group of artists
SMOKEY ROBINSON AND THE MIRACLES
TAMLA RECORDS:
-founded in 1959
-R&B record label
-Motown label created in
December 1959
-named after Detroit “Motor
City”
-also called Hitsville USA
ARTISTS:
-Gordy promoted primarily African-American
artists.
-He controlled their image, dress, dance, and
manners.
-This control over public image made Motown a
national success.
ARTISTS OF THE 1960s:
Mary Wells
The Supremes led by Diana Ross
Marvin Gaye
The Temptations
The Four Tops
Gladys Knight and The Pips
The Commodores
The Velvelettes
The Marvelettes
Martha & the Vandellas
Stevie Wonder
Jackson Five
Mary Wells
Four Tops
The Supremes
The Commodores
Stevie Wonder
MOVING TO LOS ANGELES:
-Berry Gordy moved Motown Records to Los Angeles in
1968 after riots in Detroit.
- Motown added movies, television and publishing to its
record business.
$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$:
Motown Records was sold to MCA
and BOSTON VENTURES
in 1988 for...
$61
MILLION
DOLLARS
Berry Gordy was inducted into the Rock and Roll
Hall of Fame in 1990.
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