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Motown Celebrates 60 Years

June 19, 2019

BY Minyetta Nelson

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In 1959, Berry Gordy borrows $800 from his family savings club and starts Tamla Record Co. In 1960, Motown releases its first hit single, “Money (That’s What I Want),” sung by Barrett Strong. The Miracles featuring Smokey Robinson record “Shop Around,” the first Motown record to sell 1 million copies. Berry introduced such artists as the Supremes with Diana Ross, Stevie Wonder, and Marvin Gaye while becoming one of the most successful moguls in the world of pop and rock ’n’ roll. He also found the Temptations, the Jackson 5 featuring Michael Jackson, Martha Reeves and the Vandellas, Gladys Knight & the Pips, Lionel Richie & the Commodores, and many more. Together, they had well over 180 No. 1 songs worldwide, according to motownmuseum.org. Motown is very much still apart of Detroit, Michigan even though the label moved to Los Angeles in 1972. Motown has Two Major artist signed from Detroit, One being Grammy Award Winning artist Kem and the other is newly signed Hip Hop artist Icewear Vezzo. The Motown legacy continues.