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Berry Gordy

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Berry Gordy (left) and one of his main protégés, Smokey Robinson

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Berry Gordy, Jr. (born November 28, 1929) is an American record producer, and the founder of the Motown record label, as well as its many subsidiaries.

His gift for identifying and bringing together musical talent, along with the careful management of his artists' public image, made Motown initially a major national and then international success. Over the next decade, he signed such artists as Mary Wells, The Supremes, Marvin Gaye, Jimmy Ruffin, The Temptations, The Four Tops, Gladys Knight & the Pips, The Commodores, The Velvelettes, Martha and the Vandellas, Stevie Wonder and The Jackson 5.

Gordy was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1988.

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Berry Gordy Donates $4 Million to Motown Museum Expansion Project
Billboard, 2019-09-04 12:41:16
Motown Records founder Berry Gordy Jr. is donating $4 million toward a project to expand a museum housed in the Detroit building where he...

'Hitsville' Documentary Premieres on Showtime While Motown Parties at Home With Beloved Stars
Billboard, 2019-08-24 13:24:27
Back in the mid-'60s, Berry Gordy Jr. commissioned Smokey Robinson to pen the "Motown Company Song," which declared the iconic...

What’s on TV Saturday: A Motown Documentary and ‘Mapplethorpe’
NY Times TV, 2019-08-24 05:00:05
Berry Gordy revisits his label’s influence, and Matt Smith portrays the iconic American photographer Robert Mapplethorpe.

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