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