Berry Gordy Quick Bio
Diana Ross, Marvin Gaye, The Temptations, Stevie Wonder, and The Jackson Five would not have been legendary in the music industry as we know them today if not for one man – Berry Gordy, Jr.
Gordy was responsible for launching these music artist’s careers, along with other ‘Motown’ singers under his record label, Motown Records.
Gordy discovered, produced, and launched numerous talented African-American singers from the 1950s through the 1970s, revolutionizing jazz and R&B music into a whole new musical culture in itself.
Berry Gordy, Jr. – Cultivating the Talents of African-American Artists. He was born in a big, middle-class African-American family, to Berry Gordy, Sr. and Bertha Gordy.
He studied through 11th grade before pursuing his dream of becoming a professional boxer. Gordy’s career as a boxer ended when he joined the army in 1950. Gordy shortly became fascinated with music after he returned from the war in Korea in 1953.
This interest led to the opening of Gordy’s own jazz music store, 3-D Record Mart. The business did not go well, pushing him to look for other means of income for him and his wife, Thelma Coleman.
Music had a way of finding Gordy though. He eventually met Al Green, the owner of the Fame Show Bar talent club and singer Jackie Wilson. Gordy wrote and co-wrote songs for Wilson for two years, recording a few modest hits such as ‘Reet Petite’.