Born in 1929, Berry Gordy, Jr. was the seventh child of Berry Gordy, Sr. and Bertha Fuller Gordy’s eight children. He tried many careers—boxing, record store ownership, assembly line worker and a tour in the U. S. Army during the Korean War—until he found a niche in the world of entertainment. Gordy is a distant relative to President Jimmy Carter through his mother Lillian Gordy Carter. This Quiz is published as a compliment to “Music Appreciation Month”
Motown Record Corporation: The Sound That Changed America
As an irresistible force of social and cultural change, Berry Gordy’s legendary Motown made its mark not just on the music industry, but society at large, with a sound that has become one of the most significant musical accomplishments and stunning success stories of the 20th century. Diana Ross & the Supremes, Smokey Robinson & the Miracles, Stevie Wonder, the Temptations, the Four Tops, Marvin Gaye, Michael Jackson & the Jackson 5, the Marvelettes, Martha Reeves and the Vandellas, Gladys Knight & the Pips, Lionel Richie & the Commodores, Teena Marie, their music communicated and brought together a racially divided country and segregated society, around the world, touching all people of all ages and races. (source: Motown Music Museum).
“Now you speak your words warm and sincere.
And let’s me know that your love is near.
A pretty face you may not possess
But what I like about you is your tenderness.”
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10 Questions about Motown Record Corporation & Artists
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Question 1 of 10
In what year and month was the Motown Record Corporation incorporated?Correct
Question 2 of 10
In what year did Motown officially move to Los Angeles, California?Correct
Question 3 of 10
Who was the child prodigy that signed with Motown’s Tamla label when he was only 11 years old?Correct
Question 4 of 10
Which one of the following singers was not a Motown act?Correct
Question 5 of 10
The Motown headquarters with the studio located in the garage was a white frame house located at 2648 West Grand Boulevard. It had a sign over the front door calling the location ____________ .Correct
Question 6 of 10
This group from Atlanta, Georgia signed with Motown in 1966. The lead singer a woman joined with her brother and two cousins as back up singers. Won multiple Grammy and has been inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. What group is this?Correct
Question 7 of 10
This singer songwriter, born in Washington, D.C., a Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee, recipient of a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, signed with Motown in 1960. He was fatally shot by his father on April 1, 1984.Correct
Question 8 of 10
What U. S. President is Berry Gordy, the founder of Motown, distantly related?Correct
President Carter’s mother Miss Lillian’s maiden name was Lillian Gordy. Berry’s grandfather was from small town Georgia.
Question 9 of 10
The hit song “Dancing in the Street” by Martha and the Vandellas released in July 1964, provoked questions by the British press of a hidden meaning in the song. The press insinuated the song hinted at ___________ , an idea dismissed by lead singer Martha ReevesCorrect
Question 10 of 10
Levi Stubbs, Renaldo Benson, Lawrence Peyton and Adbul Fakir sang first together in 1954. In 1964, at Motown, they hit success. The first hit was “Baby I Need Your Loving”. What’s the name of their group?Correct
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When Motown was housed in its famed Hitsville U.S.A. offices at 2648 West Grand Boulevard in Detroit, it was not just a location; history would be made there. In fact, Berry Gordy created a 24-hour hit-making and artist development factory, nurturing the artistic talent of the singers, writers, producers, as well as corporate executives.
The Contours, The Four Tops The Funk Brothers, Gladys Knight and the Pips, The Jackson 5, Marvin Gaye, the Miracles, Rare Earth, Stevie Wonder, the Supremes, Martha and the Vandellas, the Marveletts, the Velvelettes, The Temptations.
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