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Berry Gordy, Jr.

Motown Records Corporation

1959 - 1986

Entertainment & Broadcast Media

Military ServiceArmy
1950 b. 1929
BirthplaceMichigan (MI)
RaceBlack or African American
FatherLaborer, Skilled
Era - 1950

Gordy’s Motown Records became the most successful African-American enterprise of its time with sales in the early 1970s of $50 million. Gordy’s first gold record came just one year after the founding of Motown - Smokey Robinson and the Miracles’ 1960 hit “Shop Around.” Diana Ross and the Supremes was Motown’s most successful group in the 1960s, achieving record sales of over $12 million, second only to the Beatles. In the early 1970s, it was the Jackson Five that became Gordy’s most lucrative find.