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Motown. Music of America. Berry Gordy. Berry Gordy. Born 1929 Detroit, MI Family was middle class Dropped out of high school to box Drafted into the Army during the Korean War.

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motown
Motown

Music of America

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Berry Gordy
  • Born 1929 Detroit, MI
  • Family was middle class
  • Dropped out of high school to box
  • Drafted into the Army during the Korean War.
  • After returning from Korea he opened a record store but was unsuccessful and went to work for Lincoln-Mercury (Automobile).
  • After meeting singer Jackie Wilson, Gordy wrote a song called Reet Petite and then several more that became hits for Wilson.
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Gordy
  • Took the profits from his songs and borrowed $800 from his family (credit union) and invested in his own record company, Tamla Records.
  • Teamed up with Smokey Robinson (of the Miracles).
  • Gordy used a few names for record labels…Tamla, Rayber, Motown and eventually merged it all into Motown.
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Motown
  • The name comes from Motor City (Detroit)