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Didnt you just love when your parents told you stories when you were little Well your not little and Im not your dad but Im going to tell you a story anyway It is the story of Motown It all started with a man named Berry Gordy Jr Gordy was born in Detroit Michigan and was the seventh of eight children of Berry Sr and Bertha Gordy Berry only made it to his junior year in high school because he dropped out to become a professional boxer He decided to get out of fighting around the time the Army drafted him in 1951 During his time in the Army he got his high school equivalency degree When Berry got out of the Army in 1953 he opened a jazz-oriented record store called the 3-D Record Mart By 1955 the store had failed and Berry was working on the Ford automobile assembly line Berry constantly wrote songs while he worked on that assembly line He would submit his songs to contests magazines and singers His first big in song writing success came in 1957 when Jackie Wilson recorded Reet Petite Berry got 1000 for the song and went on to write four more songs for Wilson Gordy also had a great ability to recognize talent when he saw it In 1957 at a Detroit talent show he saw a group The Miracles and decided to record them The Miracles consisted of Claudette Rogers Ronnie White Pete Moore Bobby Rogers and the lead singer William Smokey Robinson The next step in Gordys master plan was to create his own record company Gordy called his new creation Hitsville USA In 1962 Hitsville had 5 hit records Do You Love Me by the Contours Beechwood 4-5789 and Please Mr Postman by The Marvelettes and The One Who Really Loves You and You Beat Me to the Punch by Mary Wells That same year
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