ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

MOTOWN 50

Updated on October 15, 2009
Click thumbnail to view full-size
Hitsville U.S.A. 2648 West Grand BLVD. Detroit, MichiganYoung Berry GordyWilliam "Smokey" RobinsonThe Funk BrothersBusiness as usualMarvin GayeMotown ArtistsDianna RossThe Jackson 550 Years of Motown
Hitsville U.S.A. 2648 West Grand BLVD. Detroit, Michigan
Hitsville U.S.A. 2648 West Grand BLVD. Detroit, Michigan
Young Berry Gordy
Young Berry Gordy
William "Smokey" Robinson
William "Smokey" Robinson
The Funk Brothers
The Funk Brothers
Business as usual
Business as usual
Marvin Gaye
Marvin Gaye
Motown Artists
Motown Artists
Dianna Ross
Dianna Ross
The Jackson 5
The Jackson 5
50 Years of Motown
50 Years of Motown

MOTOWN 50

Motown Records started 50 years ago. WOWWW!!! What an accomplishment for a man who started out not really knowing what he wanted to do ( sound familiar?).

Believe it or not, Berry Gordy, founder of Motown Records was a high school drop out. His first dream was o become a professional boxer (and he wasn't too bad either!) His boxing career was interrupted in 1950, when he was drafted into the United States Army, and fought in the Korean War.

Berry Gordy was relieved of his military duty in 1953. He returned to Detroit, Michigan and opened the 3-D Record Mart. Gordy also worked for the Ford Automobile plant-Lincoln division for a short while. After becoming acquainted with singer Jackie Wilson, he started writing songs. Gordy wrote "Reet Petite" for Jackie Wilson, which was a modest hit. He wrote four more song's for Jackie Wilson, most popularly, "Lonely Teardrops".

Unsatisfied with the pay he received as a writer, he was advised by his good friend William "Smokey" Robinson, that he would be better off if he started his own record company.

Strapped for funds, Gordy went to his family and asked for a $1000.00 loan. Being that he came from a well to do family with very strict morals, and Berry had been known to partake in get rich quick schemes, after long consideration, his family instead loaned him $800.00. And from that loan, "Tamla" records was born on December 14th, 1959!!!

The original roster consisted of The Miracles, Barrett Strong, and the Marvalettes to name a few.

Motown's slogan was "The Sound of Young America". And that is exactly what it became. Motown was the first (and maybe the only) major recording label that was Black owned and Black operated, and had a roster that was predominantly Black. However, Motown did not have a totally black following, as white America were also supporters of The Motown Sound.

The sound that became The Motown Sound was due to Motown's backing band "The Funk Brothers". It is my opinion that The Funk Brothers will never get their full recognition for their contribution. The Funk Brothers consisted of:

The Incomparable James Jamerson

- bass

Earl Vandyke, Johnny Griffith, and Joe Hunter

- keyboards

Joe Messina, Robert White, Eddie Willis

- guitarist

Eddie "Bongo" Brown, and Jack Ashford

- percussionist

Benny Benjamin, Uriel Jones, and Richard "Pistol" Allen

- drummers

To make a very long story short, I just want to pay respect to Berry Gordy for making it against all odds. Because he followed his passion for music the world was introduced to some of the greatest music ever created. Because of his conviction to become who he wanted to be, and not who "they" thought he should be, many youth in the city of Detroit, Michigan got not only job opportunities, but made a world wide difference, and changed lives. Because of an $800.00 loan, that he probably came close to not even getting, the world received, Smokey Robinson, Stevie Wonder, Dianna Ross, Michael Jackson, Marvin Gaye and so many more.

Motown Records is so much more than a major accomplishment by one man, it is a major movement of the people, that will last longer than the earth itself.

So when you read this think about YOU. Think about your passions, and what it is you really want to do. Think of how many people told Berry Gordy that he was wasting his time, or go back to school, or go back to work at the plant. I believe Berry Gordy knew that there is a difference between "living" and "existence". He chose to have a life by building his dream, rather than suffering and existence at the Ford Motor company. We all benefited from his choice.

The moral of this story is, be courageous enough to fight to make your dreams happen. They may sound silly to others, in fact, your dream WILL sound silly to others- Damn them!!! Do it anyway. I can't count the times I've been told that I'm wasting my time, I should be doing this, I should be doing that. I'm doing the one thing in the whole world that makes me happy....music!! I'm not a musician, or a singer, or a dancer, and probably never will be. However I know there is a place in this business for me, even if I have to create a place, like Berry Gordy did!

One last thing; If you are in the Detroit area, go check out the Hittsville Museum. And if you live in Michigan and you've never been there, GET OFF YOUR ASS AND GO!!!! There's no excuse, this is our history, not only as Black people, but as music lovers and people in general.

I will be posting more blogs about Berry Gordy and Motown as we get closer to the official 50th anniversary on December 14, 2009.

Talk to you all soon!!!

WYLDFLOW3R

ethno-musicologist

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • profile image

      SKE3M 

      9 years ago

      A Very enlightening Piece of work.

    • Hmrjmr1 profile image

      Hmrjmr1 

      9 years ago from Georgia, USA

      I have been a MOTOWN Fan since the beginning! Great Hub!

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)