He told me exactly what he wanted and how he wanted me to help him get it. Addresses: Office —The Gordy Company, 6255 Sunset Blvd. The founder of Motown Records, did what many people of his time believed could never be done: he brought Black music into millions of White Americans' homes, helping both Black artists and their culture gain acceptance, and opening the door for a multitude of successful Black record executives and producers. Y, 1985 ; Nelson George, Where Did Our Love Go? Addresses: Office — The Gordy Company, 6255 Sunset Blvd. Through his sister , met a local manager named ; when one of his new acts, , needed a song, was the man who provided it.
By then his friend, Robinson urged him to take control of his operations, especially in light of the pitifully small royalty checks he was receiving from the national labels. In that same year Ross married a white public-relations man, Robert Silberstein, and gave birth to a daughter, Rhonda. Realising that the way to make money was to produce his own records for his own label, in 1959 he founded Tamla Records taking the name from the hit Debbie Reynolds film Tammy. Berry Gordy is the greatest record man in American music history. He told the newspaper Daily Variety that he wanted to make sure that the history of Motown remained alive.
In the process, also brought the world countless memorable songs, not only through his vision for spotting talent in others, but also his own talent as a songwriter and producer. Discovered by Bobby Taylor of Bobby Taylor and the Vancouvers and introduced to the public by former Supreme , the Jackson 5 hailed from Gary,. In 1953, no longer in the service, he married Thelma Coleman; a daughter, Hazel Joy, was born the following year. . At the time, Gordy was writing songs constantly, submitting them to magazines and contests.
The list of artists who were discovered and thrived at Motown includes the Supremes, Jr. When I tell Gordy that as a 14-year-old card-carrying member of the Tamla Motown Appreciation Society I was in the audience for the show, he springs to his feet and hugs me. Gordy would continue to run these operations as the Gordy Company. Therefore, he believes that it is essential that each and every young person receive the maximum education possible. Gordy would continue to run these operations as the Gordy Company.
Gordy's talents as a songwriter and entrepreneur and his huge contribution to popular music were recognized in 2001, when he was inducted into the Independent Music Hall of Fame. He made the world happy. The show garnered nine Emmy nominations for Motown; but perhaps more significantly, it was the most-watched variety special in the history of television. His love for the jazz of Stan Kenton 1912—1979 , Charlie Parker 1920—1955 , and Thelonius Monk 1917—1982 influenced the records he tried to sell more than his customers' requests and his business soon failed. In the mid-fifties, Gordy married Thelma Coleman.
Most importantly, Motown had hit on a winning combination with the Supremes singing songs written and produced by Holland-Dozier-Holland. While working on an auto , Gordy started a jazz-oriented record store —the 3-D Record Mart —around 1955, but it soon folded. Following the formula for success that Gordy implemented as far back as 1960 —to reach as wide an audience as possible —Motown has made a number of its productions available for the home video market, including specials featuring and the Temptations. Even now, years after sold the company, the reputation of excellence he forged at Motown continues to stay with the famous label. If you see something that doesn't look right,! In 1971 Gordy moved Motown to Hollywood, to begin producing Broadway shows and movies such as Lady Sings the Blues and Mahogany both of which starred former Supreme Diana Ross and Billy Dee Williams but with only modest success. However, he did not receive much formal training in music—only a little on the piano and merely a week on the clarinet. He tried many careers—boxing, record store ownership, assembly line worker and a tour in the U.
Through records, movies, videos, and now books, the heritage of Motown —and of the visionary behind it —will be preserved for and appreciated by future generations intrigued by the house that Gordy built. As the Motown family of labels developed local Detroit talent, Brian and Eddie Holland teamed with songwriter Lamont Dozier in 1963 to create a distinctive pop sound of widespread appeal. Therefore, he believes that it is essential that each and every young person receive the maximum education possible. Despite budget overruns, the film was a success, garnering five Academy Award nominations. No one could out-Motown a member of the Motown clan! In 1953, no longer in the service, he married Thelma Coleman; a daughter, Hazel Joy, was born the following year. It is now a museum, the top floor a gallery of photographs and awards, the studio downstairs preserved exactly as it was. In 1973 the magazine Black Enterprise recognized Motown Industries as the number one black-owned or managed business.
Perhaps the final word will come from Mr. In 1968, following the riots in Detroit, Gordy moved to Los Angeles and expanded Motown's offices there. Director of feature films, including Mahogany, 1975, and The Last Dragon, 1985. During the 1980s, Motown struggled to retain its prominence in popular music. Waller, Don, The Motown Story, Scribner, 1985.
In late 1994 a plan was announced to make a tribute album to Gordy. As a record producer and songwriter, he helped build Motown, launching the music careers of countless legendary artists. He responded to that innocence. He gave her top billing within the group — renaming them Diana Ross and the Supremes — and then launched her on a solo career. He loved her, and she probably knew what he was doing, so I just focused on the business, because he and I were close friends. Berry Gordy realizes that even in America factory workers cannot all become successful businessmen. From online or printed sources and from publicly accessible databases.