Celebrating the Career of Music Industry Icon, Motown Records Founder Berry Gordy – CBS Detroit
(CBS) – Motown Records founder Berry Gordy is tasked with helping establish the sound of a generation while creating one of the most influential and successful record labels in history.
We sat down with Gordy in his California home.
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He spoke about Motown’s impact on American culture in the 1960s and his friends who turned out to be some of the greatest artists the world has ever seen.
Berry Gordy, Founder of Motown Records, said, “I mean, I failed (laughs) at everything until I was, like, 29. And but I was I never gave up. You know, I just knew there was something I had.
Chez Gordy in the Bel-Air district of Los Angeles.
Classes start early, both music and story, Berry Gordy, 92 years old and now retired, has not lost sight of even after a successful life.
Born in Detroit, Michigan in 1929, Gordy was the seventh of eight children.
After an attempt at professional boxing, a spell in the military, a failed record store, and a job on an auto assembly line, Gordy picked up his pen and began to write music.
He was introduced to Jackie Wilson at a nightclub in Detroit by his sister.
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Their early collaboration led to the resounding success: “Lonely teardrops” in 1959.
Gordy said: “When I got there I was just fascinated with girls, you know, so I wanted to write about my feelings. Because, I said, ‘wait a minute: if I feel this, there must be. to have a lot of people in the world feeling that. As for the story, we have always dreamed big. When you dream, there is no limit.
Gordy said: “Most people said the sky was the limit. But we said, “It’s not the limit, it’s the first step, you know?
Over the next decade, and armed with a fresh sound. Motown Records would thrive.
Diana Ross was the epitome of an artist you might crave, dream of, or pray for. Do you know When I told her about the world of show business, and what she had to do, and she just said, “Berry, if you think so I can do it.”
Gordy said, “You know, I fell in love with this person. But I wasn’t easy on her, I wasn’t, I was the career that came first. You know, black people have been looked down upon in many instances across the world. And I said: “look: we’re going to call each other” black “because it’s beautiful. Black is beautiful.
Gordy said, “Marvin Gaye was so hard on me because he had – he was so brilliant in a way he didn’t even know he was brilliant. Marvin came to me and he wanted to do this thing. about police brutality, I ‘I say, “Marvin, you know, you have a wonderful career. You have “how sweet it is to be loved by you”. you have a couple of other songs that were big hits – and women love you and you’re a sex symbol.
Gordy went on to say, “Listen, BG, you have to let me do this because I want to wake up the spirit of humanity. I have to, you have to let me do it. and I said, “okay, Marvin,” I said, “there’s a way,” I said, “if you’re right, I’ll learn something. And if I’m right , you will learn something. and it turned out he was right.
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Gordy said, “Well, I’m happy with that, I’m just happy with it. And I’m delighted with my life, period. You know, I’m delighted with my life, period. I – like I tell others, but I count my blessings all the time, you know, I call, I’m thrilled.