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Gordy, Berry (1929–)

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GORDY , BERRY (1929–). Businessman, songwriter, music and film producer. Starting out as a professional boxer, Gordy began to write songs and, in 1959, borrowed $700 to start Motown Records. Nearly 30 years later, the company was sold to MCA Records for $61 million. Gordy’s winning concept was for a music company that turned out hit records like the Detroit car factories turned out cars on an assembly line. He signed mostly unknown artists to his label and developed their talent to produce a string of back to back hits that included "Get a Job," "Fingertips," "How Sweet It Is to Be Loved by You," "Can’t Hurry Love," and "My Girl." He made big stars out of Smokey Robinson and the Miracles, Little Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, Tammy Terrell, The Supremes, The Temptations, and many others. He insisted on quality, hard work, and 110% dedication to the cause. His efforts established Motown as one of the most successful black-owned businesses of all time. Motown ventured into film in the 1970s with Mahogany , 1975, starring Diana Ross and Billy Dee Williams, with Gordy credited as director. Other films include the Billie Holiday biopic Lady Sings the Blues , 1972, and The Last Dragon , 1985, an urban, musical martial arts flick starring karateka Taimak, and pop music icon Appolonia. An independently produced docudrama titled Standing in the Shadows of Motown , 2002, documents the rise of the Motown Sound and focuses on The Funk Brothers, Motown’s noncompensated and previously overlooked contracted band of studio musicians who actually created the Motown sound of music.

Filmography: Lady Sings the Blues , 1972; Mahogany , 1975; Bingo Long Traveling All-Stars & Motor Kings , 1976; The Wiz , 1978; The Last Dragon , 1985.

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