Originally published in the guardian on 1 may 1972: berry gordy, founder of a successful record label based in detroit, spreads his own sort of gospel. Above the front windows of motown records' detroit headquarters was a sign that read hitsville usa placed there by motown founder berry gordy soon after his company moved into the modest home at 2648 w grand blvd, the sign demonstrated gordy's blazing — and at the time, unearned — arrogance. Berry gordy’s unparalleled contribution to the world of music and popular culture is chronicled in his inspirational autobiography, to be loved: the music, the magic, the memories of motown the heart foundation is honored to have recognized mr gordy with the steven s cohen humanitarian award.
A udiscover salute to a man who helped to shape the sound of the 20th century, motown founder berry gordy jr, born 28 november 1929. Berry gordy was born on november 28, 1929 in detroit, michigan, usa as berry gordy iii he was previously married to grace easton, raynoma singleton and thelma louise coleman. Berry gordy net worth: berry gordy is an american record executive and producer who has a net worth of $400 million berry gordy was born on november 28, 1929 in detroit, michigan.
We last saw this massive boston-edison estate hit the market last year, and now the historic mansion, once home to motown founder berry gordy, is listing againthe 10,500-square-foot home has. Berry gordy, jr, (born november 28, 1929, detroit, michigan, us), american businessman, founder of the motown record corporation (1959), which became the most successful black-owned music company in the united states. Berry gordy founded and presided over the musical empire known as motown as a young black man working in often inhospitable times, gordy endeavored to reach across the racial divide with music that could touch all people, regardless of the color of their skin. Gordy so much wanted their music, and that of other motown singers, to reach the larger white audience in america that the sign on his headquarters read, hitsville, u s a the impact of gordy’s remarkable accomplishment is worth pondering.
Berry gordy is the greatest record man in american music history from that modest wood-frame house in detroit he built motown records , which in the 1960s and ’70s grew to become the most successful independent record label in america, producing some of the greatest, most uplifting and most enduring popular music in history. Before motown, berry gordy left school to pursue a career as a professional boxer he was inspired by the joe louis vs max schmeling fight in 1938, which he listened to on the family radio 2. By 1959, berry gordy had become known for his songwriting talent, but he had his sights set on something even bigger: owning his own record company watch berry describe how he turned $800 and a. About berry gordy, jr best recognized as the founder of the motown record label, berry gordy is an american songwriter and record producer with a staggering estimated net worth of $345 million as of 2012. Berry gordy iii (known professionally as berry gordy jr, born november 28, 1929) is an american record executive, record producer, songwriter, film producer and television producer he is best known as the founder of the motown record label and its subsidiaries, which was the highest-earning african-american business for decades.
Spit and polish one of the main reasons for motown record's tremendous success was the personal attention berry gordy paid to each motown artist. Berry gordy hugs aretha franklin while jesse jackson and a guest looks on at the motown 50 golden gala live it again weekend in detroit on nov 21, 2009 (photo: kimberly p mitchell, detroit free. Gordy has been married and divorced several times, and has seven children: hazel joy, berry, kennedy, kerry, rhonda, stefan, and terry james rhonda ross kendrick is the daughter of gordy and his most successful female motown artist, diana ross.
Berry gordy,temptation, miracle, stevie wonder, martha and and the vandellas, supremes by the mid-1960s, gordy had assembled a motown team that could take poor black youths from detroit and teach them to talk, walk, dress as successful debutantes and debonair gentleman. Berry gordy jr founded motown records in 1959 the record company grew into the most successful african american enterprise in the united states and was responsible for creating a new sound that changed popular music. One of the more than 50 musical numbers from the ’60s, ’70s and ’80s in “motown: the musical,” with a book by the motown chief, berry gordy, and playing at the lunt-fontanne.
Emi music publishing said yesterday that it had paid $132 million to berry gordy jr for a half-stake in the publishing company that owns the rights to classic motown songs. On thanksgiving day, november 28, 1929 berry gordy was born at detroit's harper hospitalgordy was the seventh child born to berry and bertha gordy the gordys were an ambitious middle class with roots in georgia farming and retailing.
Created by berry gordy jr in 1959, motown became a sound that tore through the nation's racial divide in the sixties and took black culture into white america deeper than it ever had before. Berry gordy jr founded motown records, the most successful black owned music company in the history of the united states berry gordy jr was born on november 28, 1929, in detroit, michigan he. Gordy was born in detroit in 1929, and operated a record store before developing his songwriting craft and launching motown, which became legend thanks to artists also including the supremes, the four tops, martha and the vandellas, the temptations, the jackson 5, mary wells, the marvelettes, steve wonder and marvin gaye. On one visit, the jacksons had to perform at berry gordy’s boston boulevard mansion for a gathering of motown luminaries, including marvin gaye, the supremes, smokey robinson and the temptations.