What's going on for Motown's 50th birthday? A global party

January 9, 2009


By Brian McCollum Detroit Free Press

DETROIT — For diehard Motown Records buffs, the label’s 50th anniversary could be a time to fling around some fun numbers.

Figures like the 10 million all-time radio plays for Baby I Need Your Loving. The Supremes’ dozen No. 1 hits. The quarter-billion dollars that changed hands when Berry Gordy sold the song catalog.

For everyone else, Motown’s anniversary could be a time for some plain old fun.

Motown Records turns 50 years old on Monday — half a century to the day since Gordy secured the $800 family loan that would transform Detroit and popular music.

Get ready for a winter blast of warm nostalgia. A slew of anniversary activity is afoot.

The “USA Today” article continues  here.

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Fifty Years Of Motown Celebrated

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It’s 50 years since Motown Records was created – the music label that launched legendary artists like Diana Ross and The Supremes, Marvin Gaye, Smokey Robinson and Stevie Wonder. 

To mark the anniversary, the label’s home city, Detroit, will have a ‘Motown Day’ on Monday, with an event at the Motown Historical Museum, featuring Duke Fakir from The Four Tops.

There is also going to be a reunion tour in the UK in June of the some of the label’s biggest acts, including Martha Reeves and The Vandellas, The Miracles, The Commodores, and Mary Wilson of The Supremes.

The Yahoo UK*Ireland Sky News article continues here.

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