Berry Gordy

Music Industry Executive Berry Gordy is the founder of Motown records, the legendary Detroit-based label that defined black music in the 1960s and 1970s with the "Motown sound."  The Motown label was home to iconic artists such as The Supremes, Gladys Knight & the Pips, the Commodores, Marvin Gaye, the Temptations, Stevie Wonder, the Jackson 5 and many others.  Gordy also leveraged his music success into films, producing Lady Sings the Blues, Mahogany, and The Last Dragon.  He sold Motown in 1988 for a reported $61 million.

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