Berry Gordy

Record Producer
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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1929 Birth Born on November 28, 1929.


1953 23 Years Old He had three children with his first wife, Thelma Coleman, whom he married in 1953 (they were divorced in 1959):
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, with the encouragement of Miracles leader Smokey Robinson, Gordy borrowed $800 from his family to create an R&B record company. … Read More


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


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


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.
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


1990 60 Years Old 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.
2009 79 Years Old 1 More Event
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
2016 86 Years Old In 2016, Gordy received the National Medal of Arts from President Obama for "helping to create a trailblazing new sound in American music. … Read More
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