Berry Gordy, Jr. is an American record producer, and the founder of the Motown record label and its many subsidiaries.
Unlike most producers of the time, Gordy did not cultivate Caucasian artists. He did however have several white employees at Hitsville USA. He promoted African-American artists- but carefully controlled their public image, managing dress, manners and choreography for crossover appeal.
His gift for identifying musical talent, along with the careful management of his artists’ public image, made Motown a national success. He signed such artists as Mary Wells, The Supremes, Marvin Gaye, The Temptations, The Four Tops, Gladys Knight and The Pips, The Commodores, The Velvelettes, The Marvelettes, Martha & the Vandellas, Stevie Wonder and The Jackson 5.
Gordy sold his interests in Motown Records to MCA and Boston Ventures in June 1988 for $61 million. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1990 and published an autobiography, “To Be Loved”, in 1994.
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