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Berry Gordy

Founder of Motown Records and Songwriter Berry Gordy
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Profession: Founder of Motown Records and Songwriter

United States of America

Why Famous: Founder of the Motown record label which was the highest-earning African-American business for decades.

As a record producer, he signed the Miracles, The Supremes, Marvin Gaye, the Temptations, the Four Tops, Gladys Knight & the Pips and Stevie Wonder.

Songs he wrote, composed or co-composed included the hits "Lonely Teardrops", "Shop Around" and for The Jackson 5 "I Want You Back" and "ABC".

Born: November 28, 1929
Birthplace: Detroit, Michigan, USA
Age: 91 years old

Generation: Silent Generation
Chinese Zodiac: Snake
Star Sign: Sagittarius

Married Life

  • 1990-07-17 Record producer Berry Gordy (60) weds Grace Easton

Historical Events

  • 1959-01-12 American record company Motown is founded by Berry Gordy Jr. as Tamla Records
  • 1960-04-14 American record company Motown, founded by Berry Gordy Jr., is incorporated as Motown Record Corporation
  • 1961-01-15 Berry Gordy signs The Supremes with Motown Records