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    Can or Does Berry Gordy SING

    Are there any known recordings of Berry Gordy jr singing? Can he sing? Has anyone heard him sing?

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    He can be heard singing at the end of YOUR LOVE MAKES IT ALL WORTHWHILE on the Vandellas' BLACK MAGIC album.

    I've also heard him sing a bit of TRY IT BABY when he was profiled on 20/20.

    In his book, he says that he originally did a vocal for DO YOU LOVE ME and was encouraged to release it. But he decided to go with the Temptations as he thought they could do it best. When he couldn't find them, he used the Contours instead.

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    He cannot sing. I heard 'em LOL!

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    I have actually heard Mr. Gordy sing twice. He was a better fighter than singer.

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    I recall seeing him sing the company song, but I can't remember where. Maybe Motown 25? He certainly did not have a career as a singer.

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    Didn't he say somewhere that if rap had been around when he formed Motown, he wouldn't have needed any artists?

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    no he can't but yes he does


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    I've heard clips of him singing too. He was no Yoko Ono

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    from the few times i've heard him sing in documentaries the answer is no, he could not sing

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    Quote Originally Posted by motown_marc View Post
    Marc, I like your answer best -- "No he can't, but yes he does!" HaHa!!!

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    I remember reading somewhere that he had said something along the lines of that if Rap had been popular when he was starting out, he would have recorded everything himself and not needed to have any artists. That implies that he was well aware of his vocal limitations.

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    He actually started as a songwriter and singer before he founded Motown Records. There might be some recordings floating around out there, but they're not as well-known as the artists he signed.

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    Berry has always been a songwriter even before Motown, Berry did more lots of songwriting for many, including Jackie Wilson just to name one. Berry did sing, but more helping artists, as Berry being more the songwriter and not the record singer.

    There is quite a list of Berry's songwriting before, but much more so Motown's songs. There are many of Berry's records that you can listen to any of the Motown 45's. You'll see Berry's name on quite a lot of his 45's as the songwriter.

    Berry's brother is a good singer, a good example is Bob Kayli his brother [Robert Gordy] with his "45 Record" that Berry & his brother wrote the song. Lots more None Motown & Motown 45's from Berry look em up!. [Ignore the "Barry" Gordy it should be Berry]

    Last edited by Graham Jarvis; 04-08-2024 at 12:39 PM.

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