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  Berry Gordy and Motown Records
Gordy was the seventh child born to Berry and Bertha Gordy.
The Gordys an ambitious middle-class family with roots in Georgia farming and retailing..
In late 1957, Gordy had his first success with "Reet Petite," which was recorded by Detroit born Jackie Wilson, who had replaced Clyde McPhatter as lead singer of the Dominoes.
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 Berry Gordy, Jr. Biography - AOL Music
The founder of Motown Records, Berry Gordy 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 sucessful Black record executives and producers.
Berry Gordy was born in Detroit in 1929, during the early years of the Depression.
Gordy became their manager and together they co-wrote the hit "Got a Job." Two more hits and a distribution deal with United Artists followed, and a long creative partnership and friendship began between the two men.
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 Berry Gordy - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Berry Gordy's older siblings were all prominent fl citizens of Detroit, but where they succeeded, the younger Gordy boys did not.
Berry and Robert Gordy were lazy and did not care for hard work.
Gordy sold his interests in Motown Records to MCA and Boston Ventures in June 1988 for $61 million.
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 Berry Gordy   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-20)
Gordy's attitude was pervasive, and indeed there is some sense in which this idea of being a "swinging company" make Motown seems authentic--familial rather than corporate; true to its roots rather than a sellout.
Gordy, though, was also the perpetrator of the major blunder in Motown's history.
But, blunder or no, Gordy became very wealthy from his long stint as a record mogul and must be considered to have been musically successful as well.
www.umich.edu /~aamuhist/dmorrisz/motown/people/gordy.htm   (564 words)

 Berry Gordy St. James Encyclopedia of Pop Culture - Find Articles
Gordy was one of eight children from a middle-class family in Detroit; his father, Berry Gordy, Sr., was a contractor and entrepreneur.
Gordy dropped out of high school to pursue a career in boxing and fought in 19 mostly successful professional bouts, but he quit the ring after concluding that he would never be great.
Gordy retained almost complete ownership of his company, making him a very wealthy man. When his struggling female group, the Supremes,; finally began to make a name for themselves, he determined to make Diane Ross--as she was then known--into a major star.
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 PlanetPapers - Berry Gordy: Father of the Motown Sound
Gordy and his huge songwriting staff created what is known as the "Motown sound," a ballad based blend of traditional fl harmony and gospel music with the lively beat of rhythm and blues.
Gordy was honored with a lifetime achievement award at the American Music Awards in 1975 and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1988.
Gordy was given a star on Hollywood's Walk of Fame in 1996 and people even wanted to name the section of West Grand Boulevard in front of the Motown Museum (Hitsville USA) after Berry Gordy.
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 African American Registry: Motown's main driver, Berry Gordy Jr. . .
From Detroit, Michigan, he was one of eight children born to the middle class family of Berry Gordy, Sr., plastering contractor and Bertha Fuller Gordy.
Gordy sold his interests in Motown Records to MCA and Boston Ventures in June 1988 for $61 million.
Gordy's daughter Hazel was once married to Jermaine Jackson.
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 Berry Gordy
Motown Records founder Berry Gordy (C) holds a plaque surrounded by Motown artists (L-R) Stevie Wonder, Otis Williams of The Temptations, Diana Ross and Smokey Robinson after Gordy's star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame was unveiled October 24 along Hollywood Boulevard.
However, like John Ford, I chose Berry Gordy as an important individual in the entertainment industry mainly because of the public's lack of knowledge.
Berry Gordy is an individual who works behind the scenes.
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 Berry Gordy files $250 mil. libel suit against New York Daily News Jet - Find Articles
Motown founder Berry Gordy recently filed a $250 million libel lawsuit against the New York Daily News after the paper ran a story suggesting that he had sex with a 14-year-old boy, was in a threesome and urged some female singers to have abortions.
Gordy's attorney, Barry Langberg, said in a statement: "Defamatory statements that appear in a daily newspaper are even more damaging than those published in the tabloids.
Gordy's reputation has been seriously damaged by these inventions..." The suit charges that the defendants knew that the charges would expose Gordy to ridicule and contempt and were printed without determining the truth.
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 Berry Gordy, Jr
Overseeing the whole operation from its founding in 1959 to its sale in 1988 was Berry, who insured that Motown’s stable of singers, songwriters, producers and musicians took the concept of simple, catchy pop songs to a whole new level of sophistication and, thanks to the music’s roots in gospel and blues, visceral intensity.
Gordy touted Motown as “"the Sound of Young America."” It’s roots may have been in gospel and blues, but its image was one of upward mobility and good, clean fun.
Berry Gordy was not present, but he signed them after viewing the audition tape.
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 Acquisition of further 30% of Jobete
EMI has purchased its additional stake from Mr Berry Gordy, the founder of Jobete, for a total of $109.3 million and is funding the acquisition with the proceeds from the sale of its final 14.5% stake in HMV in November 2002.
Mr Gordy had originally informed EMI last year that he wished to exercise his option to sell his remaining 50% stake.  However he subsequently expressed his desire to retain an interest in Jobete and the two parties were able to reach a revised and mutually beneficial agreement.
Gordy said: “I am thrilled to still be a part of Jobete, and to continue my relationship with my friend Marty Bandier and the EMI team.
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 Berry Gordy
We see how Berry Gordy Jr got his start, founded the company, met Smokey Robinson and gained success.
This is about the start-up of one of the most successful record companies in the world.
This is a special two-part series of my depiction of those singers and groups who I felt made the most impact in the year 1962.
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 Berry Gordy
Though the music of Motown was not as raw or edgy as other RandB labels, such as Chess and Stax, the songs that were written, produced, and released from "Hitsville USA" comprise some of the most enduring, sophisticated and popular music of our time.
The seventh child of eight, his father was an enterprising man who ran a grocery store, a plastering business, and managed apartment buildings, among other things.
Yet the family atmosphere for which Motown was known was beginning to crack through the years of forced competition and favoritism.
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 History of Motown Record Label: Berry Gordy and Rhythm and Blues Music - Associated Content
Berry Gordy Junior was born in Detroit in November 28, 1929.
He was the next to the youngest child of Berry Gordy Senior and his wife Bertha.
Gordy then started the Motown record label in 1959.(The name was derived from the words "motor town", a term that described Detroit.) When Smokey Robinson and the Miracles' number one hit, "Shop Around" reached the top of the charts in 1960, the exposure gave Motown the notice it needed to become established.
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 A A World . Reference Room . Articles . Berry Gordy | PBS
Gordy was said to have masterminded the popular “Motown sound,”; a ballad-based blend of traditional fl harmony and gospel music with the lively beat of rhythm and blues.
By the time Gordy founded Motown, he was at the apex of Detroit's fl music scene and had already discovered Smokey Robinson.
Gordy was honoured for lifetime achievement at the American Music Awards in 1975 and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1988.
www.pbs.org /wnet/aaworld/reference/articles/berry_gordy.html   (319 words)

 Berry Gordy, Jr. Biography | Encyclopedia of World Biography
Berry Gordy, Jr., was born in 1929 and reared in Detroit.
Ross's move was particularly surprising and bitter for Gordy in view of the fact that in 1972 he moved his headquarters to Los Angeles to begin a career in film, not only for himself, but so he could turn Diana Ross into a movie star.
Gordy also had a son with Margaret Norton in 1964 whom they named Kennedy, after John F. Kennedy, and who changed his name to Rockwell and recorded for Motown in 1984.
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 Berry Gordy
Berry Gordy, founder of Motown Records, was singing two different tunes during the last election.
In 1988 he sold Motown to MCA Records, and in 1999 he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for his lifelong achievements in the music industry.
Gordy, who has been criticized for underpaying artists at Motown, has recently supported a move to increase royalties for aging artists who signed small percentage contracts between the 1940s and 1970s.
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 The Motown Story
The Motown story is the story of Berry Gordy, Jr., who was born in Detroit Michigan on November 28, 1929, he was the seventh of eight children of Berry, Sr.
Gordy knew that even the most successful jazz album sales would be minuscule compared to the numbers he could generate in the popular music field.
Berry Gordy and Mike Curb formed a new country label named MC, which inherited many of the same artists that were on Melodyland/Hitsville, but the new label achieved little success.
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 EMI Group plc to complete the acquisition of Jobete song catalogue
Berry Gordy, the founder of Jobete, will remain active in the development and creative direction of several projects related to Jobete as well as in exploitation of the catalogue.
Gordy is writing the book and producing; a proposed major network television mini-series based on Mr.
Gordy’s autobiography, “To Be Loved:  The Music, The Magic, The Memories of Motown”; the Motown Museum in Detroit which will feature interactive exhibits and memorabilia focusing on the history of Motown records and its importance in the music industry.
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 Motown Historical Museum - Detroit
Berry Gordy, Jr by the Gordy family savings club (the Ber-Berry Co-op) to produce his first record – to the explosive popularity of Motown’s artists throughout the world.
Berry Gordy, Jr and stand in the original recording studio “Studio A” where Motown’s greatest hits were recorded.
This museum exhibit is a telling representation of the growth of Motown from a small startup business begun in 1959 to what became by the mid-70s the largest independent record company in the world.
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 NPR : Berry Gordy
Fresh Air from WHYY, September 3, 2001 · Berry Gordy, founder of Motown.
Gordy and Motown made stars out of musicians and singers including Diana Ross and the Supremes, Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder, and Michael Jackson.
In 1994 Gordy has published his autobiography, To Be Loved: The Music, the Magic, the Memories of Motown: An Autobiography.
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 Berry Gordy Bio - Berry Gordy Biography - Berry Gordy Stories
Berry dropped out of high school in the eleventh grade.
Berry is the ex father-in-law of R&B musician Jermaine Jackson.
Berry is the founder of Motown Records and Tamla Records.
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 Berry Gordy Jr.   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-20)
Instead, Gordy outfoxed the assembly line, fastening upholstery and chrome strips to body frames so quickly that he had time left over to work on songs like “To Be Loved,” “Lonely Teardrops” and, of course, “Reet Petite,” all destined to be hits for Highland Park’s Jackie Wilson.
Gordy’s venture grew to become Motown Records, one of the most influential record companies in music history.
Even the musicians who felt left behind when Gordy took Motown and moved to Los Angeles in 1972 admit that while it lasted, Motown sessions bought them comfortable houses, fancy cars and reputations, even now, as architects of the Motown sound.
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 Motown Records transcended from a small record company housed in a two-story building in Detroit, Michigan, to an ...   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-20)
Berry Gordy (founder of Motown) was born into a large family of entrepreneurs.
Berry decided he had to publish his songs himself.
Berry Gordy first heard Smokey Robinson and his group the Matadors (later renamed - the Miracles) when they auditioned for Brunswick Records.
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 Berry Gordy - Wikipedia, la enciclopedia libre
Berry Gordy es un empresario musical de Estados Unidos.
En julio de 1988 Gordy vendió los expedientes de Motown a MCA por US$61 millones, quien a su vez los vendió a Polygram por US$325 millones de 1993.
Gordy entró al salón de la fama del rock and roll en 1990.
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Gordy was one of the four major Motown labels (Tamla, Motown, Gordy, Soul).
Berry Gordy sold the Motown Company and its subsidiaries to MCA on June 29, 1988.
The label operated from 1971 until 1973 and was started when the decision was made to move the Motown office from Detroit to Los Angeles.
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