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    Berry Gordy article

    LOS ANGELES — Berry Gordy enters his library without a hint of a flourish. It’s a modestly sized room filled with souvenirs of his monumental accomplishments. The founder of Motown, the record label and popular music born in the late 1950s that became an expression of social transformation, is just shy of 92 on this October afternoon. He is neither tall nor brawny and he does not suck the oxygen out of the room by any larger-than-life force of will.

    Nonetheless, when the men and women standing by to minister to Gordy’s needs call him “The Chairman,” he does not look displeased.
Gordy no longer presides over Motown. He sold the company in 1988 for $61 million to MCA and an investment banking firm.

    But he remains the man who introduced the world to Diana Ross and the Supremes, Stevie Wonder, the Jackson Five, Marvin Gaye, Smokey Robinson and the Miracles, Lionel Richie and the Commodores, Gladys Knight and the Pips and so many other hit-making performers and songwriters that it would be easier to say that Gordy built one of the pillars of modern American culture.

    Motown is a place, a sound, a business and an era. It’s a form of diplomacy that crosses international, generational and racial boundaries.
Gordy, one of this year’s Kennedy Center honorees, created all of this based on a basic assumption about the universality of human emotions.

    
“I couldn’t understand anybody not feeling the way I felt,” says Gordy, who began his career in music as a songwriter. “I felt that people were way more alike than different and I really believed that … if they were like me, and I think I’m a good person, then whatever I write and whatever I believe in, they would believe.”……..


    https://www.washingtonpost.com/arts-...center-honors/

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    I think Mr. Gordy is giving the late Dick Clark a run for the title of "America's Oldest Teenager". He certainly looks great for 92 and has all his wits about him.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Optimal Saint View Post
    LOS ANGELES — Berry Gordy enters his library without a hint of a flourish. It’s a modestly sized room filled with souvenirs of his monumental accomplishments. The founder of Motown, the record label and popular music born in the late 1950s that became an expression of social transformation, is just shy of 92 on this October afternoon. He is neither tall nor brawny and he does not suck the oxygen out of the room by any larger-than-life force of will.

    Nonetheless, when the men and women standing by to minister to Gordy’s needs call him “The Chairman,” he does not look displeased.
Gordy no longer presides over Motown. He sold the company in 1988 for $61 million to MCA and an investment banking firm.

    But he remains the man who introduced the world to Diana Ross and the Supremes, Stevie Wonder, the Jackson Five, Marvin Gaye, Smokey Robinson and the Miracles, Lionel Richie and the Commodores, Gladys Knight and the Pips and so many other hit-making performers and songwriters that it would be easier to say that Gordy built one of the pillars of modern American culture.

    Motown is a place, a sound, a business and an era. It’s a form of diplomacy that crosses international, generational and racial boundaries.
Gordy, one of this year’s Kennedy Center honorees, created all of this based on a basic assumption about the universality of human emotions.

    
“I couldn’t understand anybody not feeling the way I felt,” says Gordy, who began his career in music as a songwriter. “I felt that people were way more alike than different and I really believed that … if they were like me, and I think I’m a good person, then whatever I write and whatever I believe in, they would believe.”……..


    https://www.washingtonpost.com/arts-...center-honors/
    Wonderful article and photos. Thank you for posting.

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