Missy's Motown Music
Join Jodii aka (Missy) on Wednesday nights 7pm-9pm, while she spins that sweet soul music. Missy states, “I love Motown Music and grew up listening to the amazing sounds, some of my favourites are Diana Ross, Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye.”
Who are your favourites artists? What are your songs? Let Missy know by contacting het at… firstname.lastname@example.org
Motown Records was founded by Berry Gordy Jr as Tamla Records on January 12, 1959 in Detroit, Michigan and incorporated as Motown Record Corporation on April 14 1960. Its name, a portmanteau of motor and town, has become a nickname for Detroit, where the label was originally headquartered.
It was the first ever record company to be owned and operated by an African-American and to primarily feature African-American musicians. Motown was the first genre to have all female groups, instead of just led female artists.
From 1959 on, the Motown sound and its record label artists both soared to popularity around the country. In fact, the record company became the largest and most successful independent record company in the United States by the middle of the 1960s.
Smokey Robinson said of Motown's cultural impact:
Into the 1960s, I was still not of a frame of mind that we were not only making music, we were making history. But I did recognize the impact because acts were going all over the world at that time. I recognized the bridges that we crossed, the racial problems and the barriers that we broke down with music. I recognized that because I lived it. I would come to the South in the early days of Motown and the audiences would be segregated. Then they started to get the Motown music and we would go back and the audiences were integrated and the kids were dancing together and holding hands.
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