Berry Gordy Jr.

Berry Gordy Jr.

An American businessman who founded Motown Records. Born into a fairly prominent Black family in Detroit, he started his first label in 1959 with an $800 loan from family members. He signed a large number of successful, primarily African American, artists. He was born in 1929.
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Motown" may have been the amalgam of "motor" and "town," but it also was the name of the recording company that Berry Gordy Jr.
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One of her lasting achievements was having West Grand Boulevard - location of Hitsville USA, the former Motown HQ - renamed Berry Gordy Jr.
The gala event is also set to include tributes to Michael Jackson, Four Tops star Levi Stubbs, and labels founder Berry Gordy Jr.
Real-life counterpart: Motown founder Berry Gordy Jr.
Amid this political and social backdrop of black music, Berry Gordy Jr.
Cornelius joins an esteemed list of former recipients that includes such music industry luminaries as Clive Davis, Berry Gordy Jr.
As well as marking the music of Michael and his brothers, the tour is celebrating the 50th anniversary of the birth of Tamla Motown, formed in Detroit by Berry Gordy Jr.
Featuring never-before-aired performance and interview footage, the special is filled with hit after hit (including ``Stop in the Name of Love,'' ``Come See About Me'' and ``My Girl'') from Hitsville USA, which is what Motown founder Berry Gordy Jr.