History Of Motown Records

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Motown Records was created by Berry Gordy on January 12, 1959. Motown made its impact on the music industry forever. Artists that we know as legends today such as Stevie Wonder, the Temptations, Marvin Gaye, and The Jackson 5 started in Motown. Together their music brought a community together. Motown started with just a man and 800 dollars loaned from his family. Berry Gordy was a dreamer, and also a teacher, producer, and entrepreneur.Gordy as an African American owner wanted to make a change in society’s acceptance. His energy was uplifting and believed in changing the negatives to positive. The partnership at the meeting of Gordy and William Robinson was the first step to this “Sound of America.” William Robinson convince him to open …show more content…
Besides promoting his artists on pop radio, he rearranged them to go on television shows like American Bandstand. American Bandstand was known for playing the freshest and hottest music and dance moves which was popular to the youth(Majority were white viewers also).The host of American Bandstand was Dick Clark, one of the largest television producer and host. Knowing Dick Clark could lead Motown to be a major success, Gordy tried his best for him and his artists to be noticed. Dick Clark invited the Supremes to go his “Caravan of Stars” tour around the world. This was a changing moment for the Supremes, of starting their large success.Popularity later on Motown 25: Yesterday, Today, and Forever brought back the popular Motown Artists. Popular artists like The Supremes were the first to perform at a well-thought-of night club. A number of Motown songs were included in movies and on TV …show more content…
Wanting others to succeed, he signed many African Americans hoping to lead them into a better life. Artists like Stevie Wonder and Otis Redding truly helped change the race image. Whites and Blacks both enjoyed the sound of Motown.Motown was a sound of simple song and lyrics which both races could relate to. Marvin Gaye was interested in releasing a single called “What’s Going On?” explaining racism and talked about real events happening in the USA. Gordy was invested in selling and said he would ruin his career if he released the song since he was seen as a sex symbol. Marvin Gaye, released it anyway, and sold 100,000 singles in one day. Seeing the success, he wrote a whole album talking about what was fair and human equality. Citizens of the USA agreed with the lyrics Marvin wrote and the racial barrier began to

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