Berry Gordy

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Berry Gordy

American record producer, and songwriter add

Category: Music

Born in 1929.

Countries: United States (82%), (8%), Turkey (2%)

Education: undef.

Main connections: Motown, Diana Ross, The Miracles

Linked to: Motown, The Miracles, The Supremes, The Temptations

 

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Berry Gordy was born in 1929 add something


1950

Korean War - Berry, however, dropped out of high school in the eleventh grade to become a professional boxer in hopes of becoming rich quick, a career he followed until 1950 when he was drafted by the United States Army for the Korean War add something


1953

After his return from Korea in 1953, he married Thelma Coleman add something

 

He has three children with first wife Thelma Coleman, whom he married in 1953 : add something


1957

In 1957 Wilson recorded "Reet Petite", a song Gordy had co-written with his sister Gwen and writer-producer, Billy Davis add something

 

In 1957, he discovered The Miracles and began building a portfolio of successful artists add something

 

David Ruffin - He said that he met Berry Gordy in 1957

 

Smokey Robinson - In August 1957, Robinson and The Miracles met songwriter Berry Gordy after a failed audition for Brunswick Records


1958

Joe Messina - In 1958, Motown Records founder Berry Gordy recruited Messina for his Hitsville U.S.A. studio musicians group, known as the Funk Brothers


1959

Berry produced a record for white artist Tom Clay some time in 1959 add something

 

Berry produced a record on the Penny Label in the spring of 1959 showcasing a white doo-wop group known as "Bryan Brent and The Cutouts" add something

 

While Bryan Brent and The Cutouts never enjoyed the security of a contract, they did enjoy the summer of 1959 add something

 

On January 21, 1959, "Come To Me" by Marv Johnson was issued as Tamla 101 add something

 

The Tamla and Motown labels were merged into a new company Motown Record Corporation, which was incorporated on April 14, 1959 add something

 

Rhythm and blues - In 1959, two black-owned record labels, one of which would become hugely successful, made their debut: Sam Cooke's Sar, and Berry Gordy's Motown Records

 

James Jamerson - Starting in 1959 he found steady work at Berry Gordy's Hitsville U.S.A. studio, home of the Motown record label


1960

In 1960, Gordy signed an unknown named Mary Wells who became the fledgling label's first star, with Smokey Robinson penning her hits "You Beat Me to the Punch", "Two Lovers", and "My Guy" add something

 

In the spring of 1960 he married second wife Raynoma Mayberry Liles add something

 

The show is said to be an account of events of the 1960s and how they shaped the creation of the label add something

 

Barrett Strong's "Money " initially appearing on Tamla and charted on Gordy's sister's label, Anna Records, in February 1960 add something

 

Mary Wells - In 1960, 17-year-old Wells approached Tamla Records founder Berry Gordy at Detroit's Twenty Grand club with a song she had intended for Jackie Wilson to record, since Wells knew of Gordy's collaboration with Wilson

 

Marvin Gaye - One night, during the late 1960s, Gaye attempted suicide with a handgun presumably from a bad acid trip, and was stopped from this attempt by Berry Gordy's father

 

Barrett Strong - Strong was among the first artists signed to Berry Gordy's Motown corporation, and is the performer on the company's first hit, "Money ", which reached No. 2 US R&B in 1960

 

Motown - "'Motown"' is a record company originally founded by Berry Gordy, Jr. and incorporated as "'Motown Record Corporation"' in Detroit, Michigan, United States, on April 14, 1960


1961

Later in 1961, The Marvelettes' "Please Mr. Postman" made it to the top of both charts add something

 

Anna Gordy Gaye - Other artists such as David Ruffin, Marvin Gaye and Joe Tex recorded for the label, which lasted until 1961, when Berry Gordy absorbed the label and its artists

 

Barbara Martin - She and her groupmates, Diana Ross , Mary Wilson and Florence Ballard, signed a recording contract with Motown founder Berry Gordy on January 15, 1961 as The Supremes, a name that Ballard had chosen from a list provided by Motown songwriter, Janie Bradford, and became part of the Motown stable of performers


1962

Cholly Atkins - After working as a freelance choreographer in 1962 for The Miracles, Atkins was hired by Berry Gordy to work as a Motown choreographer in 1964, and set about developing the routines that would later become the trademark moves of other Motown acts like The Supremes, The Temptations , The Four Tops, Gladys Knight & The Pips and others

 

Amos Milburn - Berry Gordy gave him a comeback forum during 1962, issuing an album on Motown predominated by remakes of his old successes that is difficult to find today


1963

Diana Ross - In 1963, Ross became the group's lead singer, as Berry Gordy felt the group could "cross over" to the pop charts with Ross' unique vocal quality, and the Ross-led "When the Lovelight Starts Shining Through His Eyes" became the group's first Billboard Top 20 Pop single.


1965

Gordy has a daughter with successful Motown female artist Diana Ross, with whom he had an intimate relationship from 1965 through the 1970s: add something

 

What's Going On (Marvin Gaye album) - Gaye cited the 1965 Watts riots as a pivotal moment in his life in which he asked himself, "with the world exploding around me, how am I supposed to keep singing love songs-" One night, Gaye called Berry Gordy about doing a protest record while Gordy vacationed at the Bahamas, to which Gordy chastised him, "Marvin, don't be ridiculous

 

Tammi Terrell - In April of 1965, during a performance at the Twenty Grand Club in Detroit, she was spotted by Motown CEO Berry Gordy, who promised to sign her to Motown


1966

The Temptations - Norman Whitfield had requested the opportunity to write for the group and in 1966, Berry Gordy promised him that if Robinson's "Get Ready", with Eddie Kendricks on lead, failed to chart in the Top 20, Whitfield would be allowed to produce the next song


1968

De Passe Entertainment - The company was originally founded by Berry Gordy, Jr., in 1968, as "' Motown Productions"', the film and television arm of Gordy's Motown Records label


1969

Raymond Scott - In 1969, Motown Records impresario Berry Gordy, tipped off about a mad musical scientist engaged in mysterious works, visited Scott at his Long Island labs to witness the Electronium in action


1970

Although Motown continued to produce major hits throughout the 1970s and 1980s by artists including the Jacksons, Rick James, Lionel Richie and long-term signings, Stevie Wonder and Smokey Robinson, the record company was no longer the major force it had been previously add something

 

Tom Clay became a DJ in LA, and recorded again for Gordy on his MoWest label in the 1970s add something

 

The Temptations - Kendricks lobbied strongly in 1970 to have the Temptations go on "strike" - no performances, no recordings - until Berry Gordy and the Motown staff would be willing to go over all group finances with independent accountants


1972

In 1972, Gordy attended FIDM in Los Angeles, where he produced the commercially successful Billie Holiday biography "Lady Sings the Blues", starring Diana Ross and Richard Pryor, and introducing Billy Dee Williams add something

 

Levi Stubbs - Berry Gordy offered him the role of Louis McKay in the 1972 film "Lady Sings the Blues", opposite Diana Ross as Billie Holiday, but Stubbs turned it down, once again not wishing to overshadow the other members of the Four Tops


1975

Dreamgirls (film) - The photo shoot montage which accompanies "When I First Saw You", as well as the subplot of Deena being forced to star in Curtis' "Cleopatra" film against her will, reflect both scenes from and the production of "Mahogany", a 1975 & Motown film starring Diana Ross and directed by Motown CEO Berry Gordy


1979

The Temptations - As a result, in 1979, Atlantic released the group from its contract, and shortly afterwards, the Temptations met once again with Smokey Robinson and Berry Gordy, who re-signed the group to Motown in 1980

 

Diana Ross - In 1979 Ross hired former collaborators Ashford & Simpson, who had left Motown in 1973 due to contractual issues with Berry Gordy, to overlook the production of her next album, The Boss.


1980

El DeBarge - In 1980, because of the success of their brothers Bobby and Tommy DeBarge with the hit group Switch, he was able to perform live at the piano and singing in front of Motown CEO Berry Gordy, who immediately signed the group, known as The DeBarges, to the label


1981

Diana Ross - In 1981, Ross decided not to renew her Motown contract only to discover that everything she thought she had owned was only leased to her by Berry Gordy.


1985

In 1985, he produced the cult martial arts film "The Last Dragon", which starred martial artist Taimak and one of Prince's proteges, Vanity add something


1986

It became a modest hit, but had more success internationally, especially in the UK where it reached the Top 10 and even later topped the chart on re-issue in 1986 add something


1988

Gordy was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1988 add something


1990

After dating for eight years, Berry married Grace Eaton on July 17, 1990; they divorced in 1993 add something


1994

Gordy published an autobiography, "To Be Loved", in 1994 add something


1998

Gordy was inducted into the Junior Achievement U.S. Business Hall of Fame in 1998 add something

 

Obba Babatunde - In the 1998 miniseries, The Temptations, he played the founder of Motown Records Berry Gordy


2006

Gordy delivered the commencement address at Michigan State University on May 5, 2006 and at Occidental College on May 20, 2007 add something


2007

Dreamgirls (film) - In a January 25, 2007 interview with NPR, Robinson expressed offense at the film's portrayal of its Berry Gordy analogue, Curtis Taylor Jr., as a "villainous character" who deals in payola and other illegal activities


2008

Anna Gordy Gaye - Gordy's last public appearance came in June 2008 when she attended the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center Heart Foundation event where brother Berry was being honored


2009

On March 20, 2009, Gordy was in Hollywood to pay tribute to his first group and first million-selling act, The Miracles, when the members received a star on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame add something

 

He gave a speech during the Michael Jackson memorial service in Los Angeles on July 7, 2009 add something

 

The Miracles - In 2009, all the known members of the group got a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, attended by Berry Gordy and Stevie Wonder, who thanked the Miracles , for discovering him


2011

On May 15, 2011, it was announced that Gordy was developing a Broadway musical about the Motown music label add something


 

Gordy received the Songwriters Hall of Fame's Pioneer award on June 13, 2013 add something


2015

The musical will close in January 2015, with the possibility of returning in the summer of 2016 add something


2016

In 2016, Gordy received the National Medal of Arts from President Obama for "helping to create a trailblazing new sound in American music add something

 

The UK version of Motown the Musical opened in the West End in January 2016 add something