In a way, I wish Maraniss had taken a page out of Motown founder Berry Gordy
SOUL TRIO Martha with Berry Gordy
jnr, left, and Stevie Wonder
Being the youngest son of Motown Record Company founder Berry Gordy
Originally recorded by Smokey Robinson & the Miracles in 1966, that version was rejected by Motown owner Berry Gordy
, who told Whitfield and Strong to make it stronger.
, the <B founder of Tamla Mowtown, seen here with Welsh singer Shaheen Jafargholi celebrates his birthday today
BIRTHDAYS: Berry Gordy
, Tamla Motown founder, 84; Randy Newman, singer/songwriter, 70; Alistair Darling, former chancellor of the Exchequer, 60; Kris Akabusi, former athlete and TV presenter, 55; Judd Nelson, actor, 54; Martin Clunes (pictured), actor, 52.
Mick Channon 64 trainer of Youmzain & Samitar; Tom O'Brien 26 champion conditional jockey 2006-07; Robert Winston 33 rider of Magical Romance & Caspar Netscher; Michael Grassick 60 trainer of San Sebastian & Preseli; Ted West 76 trainer of Ginger Brink & Interco; Jackson Knowlton 66 coowner of Funny Cide; David Stevenson 71 owner of Tartan Tailor & Tartan Takeover; Ray Hitchcock 83 jointowner of Messinger Stud; Berry Gordy
83 Motown founder & joint-owner of Argument; Martin Clunes 51 co-owner of Aimigayle; Lady Trish Bromley 45 breeder & owner; David Evatt 65 rider of Inch Arran & Shawnigan; Walter Glynn 66 Raceform race-reader; Adrian Clegg 68 former bloodstock agent Please notify birthday greetings to us at least one week before publication
In the early 1960s, the 'Tops' teamed up with Berry Gordy
Jnr, the boss of Tamla Motown Records, and also the home of The Temptations.
The next thing you know, we're auditioning in front of Berry Gordy
for Motown," he said.
Redfoo, whose dad Berry Gordy
founded Motown records, says: "Michael Jackson let me dance with him on stage at the Forum in Detroit.
After entering a high school talent contest, the group won an audition with Tamla founder Berry Gordy
and singer Smokey Robinson.
They wanted to get on the books of Tamla Motown but label boss Berry Gordy
claimed they were too young and told them to return after they had completed their schooling.