How Motown Shaped American Music

America has a rich history of music. One of the most influential genres that came out during mid-20th century was Motown music which would create such great classics from artists like The Jackson 5, Diana Ross, Marvin Gaye, and Stevie Wonder. Here is its history.

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On 12 January 1959, the music sensation that changed America – and the world beyond it – was set in motion. Detroit-born 29-year-old Berry Gordy founded Tamla Records with an $800 loan from his family’s collective savings.

By the following year, he’d merge this into the Motown Record Corporation: an independent empire that would seal its genuinely iconic status, introducing legends including The Jackson 5; Diana Ross and The Supremes; Stevie Wonder; Smokey Robinson; Marvin Gaye; Martha and The Vandellas; The Commodores and many others among its hundreds of signings.

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