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Berry Gordy

Record Producer
Male
Born Nov 28, 1929

Berry Gordy, Jr. is an American record producer, and songwriter. He remains best known however as the founder of the legendary Motown record label, as well as its many subsidiaries.

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Timeline

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CHILDHOOD

1929 Birth Born on November 28, 1929.

TWENTIES

1950 20 Years Old Berry Gordy, Jr.'s older siblings were all prominent black citizens of Detroit. Berry, however, dropped out of high school in the eleventh grade to become a professional boxer in hopes of becoming rich quick, a career he followed until 1950 when he was drafted by the United States Army for the Korean War.
1953 23 Years Old 1 More Event
After his return from Korea in 1953, he married Thelma Coleman. … Read More
1957 27 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1957 Wilson recorded "Reet Petite", a song Gordy had co-written with his sister Gwen and writer-producer Billy Davis. … Read More
1959 29 Years Old In 1959, at Miracles leader Smokey Robinson's encouragement, Gordy borrowed $800 from his family to create R&B label Tamla Records. … Read More

THIRTIES

Barrett Strong's "Money (That's What I Want)" initially appearing on Tamla and then charted on Gordy's sister's label, Anna Records, in February 1960. … Read More
1965 35 Years Old Gordy has a daughter with successful Motown artist Diana Ross, with whom he had an intimate relationship from 1965 through the 1970s: … Read More

FORTIES

1972 42 Years Old In 1972, Gordy relocated to Los Angeles where he produced the commercially successful Billie Holiday biography Lady Sings the Blues, starring Diana Ross (who was nominated for an Academy Award) and Richard Pryor, and introducing Billy Dee Williams (cast in a role originally for Levi Stubbs of the Four Tops). … Read More

FIFTIES

1984 54 Years Old Following the funeral of Marvin Gaye on April 5, 1984, Gordy declared Gaye "the greatest of his time" and stated the singer "had no musical equals", comparing his talents to that of Billie Holiday's.
1985 55 Years Old In 1985, he produced the cult martial arts film The Last Dragon, which starred martial artist Taimak and one of Prince's proteges, Vanity. … Read More
1988 58 Years Old 1 More Event
Gordy sold his interests in Motown Records to MCA and Boston Ventures on June 28, 1988 for $61 million. … Read More

LATE ADULTHOOD

1990 60 Years Old After dating for eight years, Berry married Grace Eaton on July 17, 1990; they divorced in 1993. … Read More
1998 68 Years Old Gordy was inducted into the Junior Achievement U.S. Business Hall of Fame in 1998.
2006 76 Years Old Gordy delivered the commencement address at Michigan State University on May 5, 2006 and at Occidental College on May 20, 2007. … Read More
2009 79 Years Old On March 20, 2009, Gordy was in Hollywood to pay tribute to his first group and first million-selling act, the Miracles, when the members received a star on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame. … Read More
2011 81 Years Old On May 15, 2011, it was announced that Gordy was developing a Broadway musical about Motown. … Read More
2013 83 Years Old Gordy received the Songwriters Hall of Fame's Pioneer Award on June 13, 2013. … Read More
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