The Making of Hitsville

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How Motown Became Motown

Berry Gordy - The Man Behind Motown

January 12, 1959 in Detroit, Michigan a young African American songwriter had a vision of owning a record company. Berry Gordy founded Motown looking for voices that were soulful and could captivate a room. Motown became the place all minorities aimed to be. Gordy opened a studio in Detroit where there was 24-hour artist recording and artist development factory. Berry Gordy took same concept he learned while working on Ford-Lincoln's assembly line to place Motown on top.

Motown's Assembly Line Approach

Artist Training (Maxine Powell had a finishing school that taught the artists how to walk, talk, behave, etc.)



Quality Control (Producers produced the records and bands played the record)

Motown's Roster



  1. Smokey Robinson
  2. Holland, Dozier, Holland
  3. Marvin Gaye
  4. Stevie Wonder
  5. Berry Gordy


Studio Musicians: The Funk Brothers




  1. Supremes
  2. Temptations
  3. Jackson 5
  4. Marvin Gaye
  5. Stevie Wonder
  6. Gladys Knight and the Pips
  7. Four Tops
  8. Smokey Robinson and the Miracles
  9. Marvelettes
  10. Martha and the Vandellas

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Located at 2648 West Grand Boulevard in Detroit, Michigan. Today, you can visit the original place that housed all of our music greats and classics! Before Hollywood, every Black artist came to Detroit to make greatness and here you can soak up the energy of that time. Imagine being in the same space that Michael Jackson, Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder, Smokey Robinson, etc. once walked through.

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