In celebration of Black History Month 2018, Radio One Detroit is highlighting Detroit landmarks that have had an impact on black history!
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What would Detroit be without its auto industry and MOTOWN! Many artisst including The Supremes, Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, The Temptations, and many more were all part of the “Motown Sound.”
In 1959, Berry Gordy started Motown Records with a $800 loan from his family. Although the label functioned under several names, Gordy chose Motown based on Detroit’s rich history as the “Motor City.” The “Motown Sound” began to surpass the ears of just Detroit natives and became the sound all over the world.
After many years of making hits in Detroit, the company moved its headquarters to Los Angeles in 1972. Berry’s sister, Esther Gordy Edwards, stayed in Detroit to maintain an office in Detroit. Many visitors would stop by to see the infamous building, Hitsville U.S.A., where all those hits were made.
In 1985, the museum opened at 2648 West Grand Boulevard in Detroit, MI. This was the original home of Motown Records and houses the historic Studio A, where many of the world’s favorite songs were recorded.
The museum holds an wide range of artifacts, photographs and other memorabilia from Motown Records. Visitors are welcome to visit the museum and learn about the legacy of Motown Records.