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Motown from the White House - TV Special

Fans of Motown, "In Performance at the White House: A tribute to the
classic Motown Sound," aired on Tuesday, March 1, on PBS.  This was a fantastic tribute to Mr. Berry Gordy and the legendary Motown Record Corporation.  

Here is a clip of Natasha Bedingfield, Jordin Sparks, and Ledisi rehearsing,
"Stop in the Name of Love," for this show.  It is great hearing how
Diana Ross and Motown affected their lives.  Enjoy this vignette!

   


                                                                                                   PBS Videos


Visit www.pbs.com to learn more about this show.
 

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"Motown 50"


                                                                                                                                                    Fred Prouser / Reuters


Happy Birthday Motown Records !!!!

January 12, 2009

It all began on January 12, 1959, when Mr. Berry Gordy, Jr. opened Motown Records, a.k.a. "Hitsville USA," with a dream using an $800.00 family loan. 
Mr. Gordy is a genius who applied his knowledge of the assembly line formula to the record industry from his experiences while working at Ford Motors, and
history was made!  Mr. Gordy also relied on his skills from being a trained
boxer and his expertise from owning a record shop prior to Motown. 
Berry Gordy knew what the kids wanted to hear, but artists weren't recording
this type of music yet, and he could not sell it to them in his shop.  Motown provided this new type of music to the teens all across the United States and
the world, and Motown truly became "The Sound of Young America." 

Mr. Gordy is an incredible visionary who was able to see all of this in the
future when he had this dream of Motown Record Corporation and
opened the company on this day in 1959. 

I would personally like to thank you Mr. Gordy for all of the years, the music,
the magic, and the memories of Motown Records.  This music has provided the soundtrack to my life and the lives of so many, many people. 

Congratulations, Mr. Gordy, on this wonderful honor!!!!
 

Motown is 50 years young today, and this music
will always be alive in our hearts

and on our Lps, tapes, CDs, MP3s, iPods, and
whatever format we will have in the future...!!!!
 

Click Here to Order "Motown 50" Box Set - USA




Motown: The DVD - Released November 3, 2009                                

Click Here to Order "Motown - The DVD"
 

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** CLICK HERE to Visit the Motown Historical Museum **

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Cool Links from Recent News Stories on Motown 50:

Motown Alumni Party at the Roostertail (11/20/09)

Motown Celebrates Roots (11/21/09)

Motown 50 Gala Celebration is Detroit House Party (11/21/09)

Motown Celebrates 50 Years at Golden Gala (11/21/09)

Motown Gets its Glam On (11/22/09)

Gordy Gets Top Billing as Motown Stars Shine (11/22/09)

Celebrating Motown All Year Long (1/9/09)

50 Videos of Motown through the Years from the Detroit Free Press (1/9/09)



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American Idol

Mr. Berry Gordy was on American Idol on Wednesday, March 25, 2009 - FOX TV
(8:00-10:00 PM ET).  The TOP 10 finalists returned to the IDOL stage to celebrate
and pay tribute "50 Years of Motown" & they performed Motown Songs. 
Congratulations, Mr. Gordy!!

Smokey Robinson & Stevie Wonder performed on the show the following night on Thursday, March 26, from 8:00 - 9:00 PM ET.

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** Back to Vinyl **

In celebration of "Motown 50," a few original Motown albums
will be rereleased on vinyl this month (May, 2009). 

The Motown album covers were always so beautiful!  (That is one thing that CDs do not offer us.)  In a sense, LPs are a lost art.  From the way it appears on the bottom of the album, it is great that one can purchase the original LP today plus receive a voucher to download an MP3 version of the album.  Maybe record companies will begin to bring back this lost art utilizing this approach??  It is certainly something to consider!

Two of these albums include "Diana Ross" and "The Supremes: I Hear a Symphony". 
 

No Info Available on Ordering this Record Yet
 

Click Here to Order (USA)

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