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  Berry Gordy, Jr
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.
Founded by Berry Gordy, Tamla is the first of several labels under the umbrella of his Motown Records Corporation.
Berry Gordy was not present, but he signed them after viewing the audition tape.
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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.
Gordy sold his interests in Motown Records to MCA and Boston Ventures in June 1988 for $61 million.
Gordy has a daughter, Rhonda Ross Kendrick, by singer Diana Ross; and a son, Kennedy Gordy, better known as the Motown musician Rockwell.
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 NationMaster - Encyclopedia: Berry Gordy   (Site not responding. Last check: )
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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 Motown Records - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Berry Gordy used weekly quality control meetings and veto power to ensure that only the very best material and performances the company came up with would be released.
By the mid-1980s, Motown was losing money, and Berry Gordy sold his ownership in Motown to Music Corporation of America (MCA) and Boston Ventures in June 1988 for $61 million.
Berry Gordy originally wanted to name his first label, Tammy after the popular song from the film, Tammy and the Bachelor.
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 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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 Berry Gordy and Motown Records
On November 28, 1929 Berry Gordy was born at Detroit's Harper Hospital.
Gordy was the seventh child born to Berry and Bertha Gordy.
Berry Gordy dropped out of school in the eleventh grade to become a professional boxer.
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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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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.
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 Jackie Kallen
The inductees luncheon was a sold-out event at The Sportsman's Lodge in Studio City.
There was a definite Detroit feel to the event since I received my award alongside Motown's Berry Gordy, Jr.
A lot of people are unaware that Gordy was a pro fighter before he founded Motown Records.
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 Motown St. James Encyclopedia of Pop Culture - Find Articles   (Site not responding. Last check: )
One of eight children, Berry Gordy, Jr., was born in Detroit on November 28, 1929.
Gordy developed an instinct for recognizing what made a hit song, and he became a master tunesmith.
Her musical and technical skills were critical in helping Gordy to refine his songwriting craft, and she also convinced him to produce his own records, thus taking control over all aspects of production.
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 Berry Gordy, Jr. | 20th Century American Leaders Database
Gordy's Motown Records became the most successful African-American enterprise of its time with sales in the early 1970s of $50 million.
Gordy's first gold record came just one year after the founding of Motown - Smokey Robinson and the Miracles' 1960 hit "Shop Around." Diana Ross and the Supremes was Motown's most successful group in the 1960s, achieving record sales of over $12 million, second only to the Beatles.
In the early 1970s, it was the Jackson Five that became Gordy's most lucrative find.
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 The Golden Age of the Motown Sound
By 1972 Berry Gordy was the richest fl man in America with an annual income in excess of $10 million.
Berry Gordy was born in Detroit in 1929.
Berry Gordy Sr.'s grandmother had been a slave in Georgia, his grandfather a slaveowner.
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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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 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.
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 BERRY GORDY JR term papers, research papers on BERRY GORDY JR, essays on BERRY GORDY JR, Quick Term Papers, Term ...
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 MOTOWN WISDOM: Berry Gordy Jr. returns to give address at MSU
Gordy published his autobiography in 1994 but otherwise seems to have had little need for the attention of the world -- or even Detroit, where residents have maintained a kind of cautious adoration for the mogul since he uprooted the label named for the city.
Gordy declined to commit to a timetable for the long-discussed Motown museum and entertainment complex proposed for the theater district, saying only, "We're in the process," and noting that the project is "one of those things that keeps me busy and off TV."
Gordy doesn't pause when asked what he wants to be remembered for, what he'd like history to say about him in 100 years.
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 Berry Gordy, Jr. Biography | Encyclopedia of World Biography
Berry Gordy, Jr., was born in 1929 and reared in Detroit.
Gordy worked for his father for a short period and then as a chrome trimmer on the assembly line at the Ford Motor Company.
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.
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 Motown Historical Museum - Detroit
The museum was founded in 1985 by Esther Gordy Edwards.
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.
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 Definition of Berry Gordy
The store was unsuccesful and Gordy sought work at the Lincoln-Mercury plant, but his family connections put him in touch with Al Green, owner of the Flame Show Bar talent club, where he met Jackie Wilson.
In 1968 Gordy moved to Los Angeles, California and expanded Motown's offices there.
Gordy is the father of Rhonda Ross Kendrick, the product of a dalliance between him and singer Diana Ross.
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It would have been only natural for Berry Gordy Jr.
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.
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 Berry Gordy, Jr. — Infoplease.com
Gordy pursued a career as a boxer and served in the U.S. Army before returning to Detroit where he opened his own record store and produced recordings of his own songs.
BERRY GORDY JR.(helped the social landscape of Detroit)
The 1998 Essence Awards: Image Makers.(Sylvia Rhone, Rita Marley, Vicki Mack-Lataillade and Berry Gordy, Jr.
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 Berry Gordy Jr Music - Favorite Songs - Lyrics From   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Berry Gordy Jr., was the driving force behind...
Berry Gordy founded and presided over the musical empire known as Motown.
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...
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 Colored Reflections - The Sixties
Berry's first memories of music were in his mother's kitchen.
Berry did not start to play guitar until he was in high school.
Berry went to Chess and recorded Maybellene and the rest is history.
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Berry Gordy was born in Detroit on November 26,1929, the seventh of eight children born to Bertha and Berry "Pops" Gordy, Sr..
Because of their persistence to become a performer, they were signed to Berry Gordy Enterprises before they ever graduated.
One night while Gordy was at the club, Otis William and Gordy ran into each other in the bathroom.
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 African Americans - The Motown Sound, Music of Soul and Rythym and Blues. Berry Gordy, Jr., started Motown Records in ...
Berry Gordy, Jr., started Motown Records in 1957 after his record store in Detroit went bankrupt and he turned to songwriting for RandB acts.
By 1973 when Gordy left the company at age 46, he had built the "nation's largest fl-owned entertainment conglomerate.
White youths as well as fl were captivated by the rhythmic new sound, though the musicians who produced it were fl, and many of the performers were teenagers from Detroit's housing projects and rundown neighborhoods.
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 1960 (Part II: Motown)
Berry Gordy, the founder of Motown Records, was born in 1929 in Detroit, and soon became interested in song writing.
He was first successful in 1957 with the song "Reet Petite" which was recorded by another Detroit artist, Jackie Wilson, and then followed with "Lonely Teardrops", for the same artist, "Get A Job" and "You" for the Miracles and "Chock" for Eddie Holland.
Smokey Robinson was to have a profound effect on Berry Gordy and Motown Records.
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 Berry Gordy
Gordy was the seventh of eight children born to the middle class family of Berry Gordy, Sr., and Bertha Gordy, who had relocated to Detroit from Milledgeville, Georgia in 1922.
Gordy fathered a daughter, Rhonda Ross Kendrick, with singer Diana Ross, and well as a son, Kennedy Gordy, better known as the Motown musician Rockwell.
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 Berry Gordy Encyclopedia Article @ GreatArtworks.com (Great Artworks)   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Berry Gordy Encyclopedia Article @ GreatArtworks.com (Great Artworks)
Not only are they a perfect fit for his immediately distinctive voice, they have contextual relevance to Motown, since label founder Berry Gordy would employ...
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 Berry Gordy -- Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductee
Before his days with Motown, Gordy served in the army, was a boxer and worked as a record store manager.
In 1957, Brunswick Records bought a song he had written named "Reet Petite," which was recorded by Jackie Wilson.
In mid-1950s Gordy began writing songs for local RandB acts and acquired a local reputation as a songwriter and producer.
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 Colored Reflections - The Sixties, Berry Gordy, Jr.
Berry found himself still working for others, he wanted to have his own empire.
It was Motown that this empire became know as to millions of baby-boomers.
Berry Gordy was the drive and determination behind Motown records, the "sound of young America" during the sixties.
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 Wonderful People
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When he formed his record company in Detroit in 1959, Berry Gordy gathered some of the best musicians from the city's thriving jazz and blues scene to begin cutting songs for his new record company.
For the next fourteen years these players were the heartbeat on the the Motown Sound.
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