Founder of Motown Berry Gordy More than just a successful record executive and music icon. He was also a mentor and friend to some of the world’s most popular artists, such as Michael Jackson. Diana Ross And Marvin Gay. The father of eight has not always been a leading figure in the music industry. He actually started his career in a completely different field!
Berry, born in Detroit, Michigan in 1929, was drafted into the U.S. Army during the Korean War in the early 1950s. Once he returned to the United States, he expressed his love for writing music. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame promoter has opened a jazz record store called 3-D Record Mart, TheHistoryMakers.org.
Soon, she realized that she had the potential to change the music industry by using her incredible songwriting to start her own label. Initially called Tamala Records, the label saw some of its early successes Smoky Robinson And his band is performing hit songs like Miracles, “Shop Around” and “You’ve Really Got A Hold On Me”.
Tamla Records was renamed Motown in 1960. For 30 years, the music legend was the face of the label that helped discover Jackson 5, Lionel Richie And Gladys Knight and Pips. In 1988, Berry sold Motown to MCA, according to New York Times. In 1994, he wrote an autobiography To Be Loved: The Music, The Magic, The Memories Of Motown Where he was amazed at all the labels he had achieved in three decades.
In her life outside the label, Berry was the father of eight children. He and his first wife, Thelma Coleman, welcomed three children to their wedding: Hazel Joy Gordy, Berry Gordy IV And Terry James Gordy. Their marriage lasted from 1953 to 1959. In 1960, he married his second wife, Renoma Singleton, and the couple welcomed a son. Kerry Gordy. Their marriage ended in 1964.
The hitmaker is also the boy’s father Kennedy William Gordy With Margaret NortonDaughter Sherry Gordy With Gina Jackson, Daughter Rhonda Ross With Diana and son Stefan Kendall Gordy With Nancy Leviska.
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