-born 1929 (Detroit, Michigan)
-7 th of 8 children
-dropped out of high school
-became a boxer
-drafted into the Army
-married Thelma Coleman (1953)
-began writing songs
-opened a record store
(3-D RECORD MART)
-wrote a song that was recorded by Jackie Wilson
-discovered Smokey Robinson and the Miracles in 1957
-he began building his group of artists
SMOKEY ROBINSON AND THE MIRACLES
-founded in 1959
-R&B record label
-Motown label created in December
-named after Detroit
-also called Hitsville
-Gordy promoted primarily
-He controlled their image, dress, dance, and manners.
-This control over public image made Motown a national success.
ARTISTS OF THE 1960s:
The Supremes led by Diana Ross
The Four Tops
Gladys Knight and The Pips
Martha & the Vandellas
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...
Berry Gordy was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in