Music and Musicians
In November of 1957, Berry Gordy wrote his first hit with Jackie WIlson’s Reet Petite. This was his introduction into the music business.
2 years later in January of 1959, Gordy launches Tamia Record Company and its firt single “Mary Johnson’s Come To Me.” Later that year in 1959, Gordy changed the company name to Motwown Records in Detroit,MI. After this time Motown began to create and list many artists and songs.
From December of 1961 to December of 1970, Motown produced many hit records from well known artists. These records introduced, The Marvellettes, Lamont Dozier, Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye and The Jacksons.
1970 was Motown’s most successful year, it produced 17 top 10 hits. The following year in 1971, Motown highlighted artists like Marvin Gaye and Michael Jackson as solo artists. They would produce well known tracks such as “What’s Going On,” and “I’ll Be There.”
In 1972, Stevie Wonder entered the spotlight. At Motown, he creates leading albums like “Music on My Mind,” “Talking Book,” and “Songs In They Key Of Life.”
1973 introduced The Commodores. This group was fronted by Lionel Richie and became Motown’s biggest group of the year.
1973 was also another important year for Motown. Berry Gordy decided to step down as head of Motown Records. He takes over Motown Industries and moves to Los Angeles, CA.
Four years later in 1977, One of Motown’s artists Thelma Houston helped to create a new genre; Disco. She released “Don’t Leave Me This Way.”
In 1981, Rick James made his debut at Motown with his album “Street Songs.” During these seven years, Motown continued to produce black artists with a new flame. Each artist had their own flavor and appeal. They created different sounds, records, music and songs. Each Motown artist was known to make “something hot.”
In 1988, Berry Gordy was introduced into the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame. Later that year in June, Gordy sells Motown for $61,000,000.