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In pictures: Motown turns 50

Berry Gordy was the founder of Motown. His vision was to replicate the mass production methods of companies like Ford within the pop industry

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Berry Gordy, Founder of Motown. Oh what we've done with your music and passion for bring communities TOGETHER through music.

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"Hitsville USA" is the location of Motown Records at 2648 West Grand Blvd. in Detroit, where Berry Gordy started his own label, Tamla. (The Detroit News archives)

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Behind the music: Motown – a pop factory with quality control

Stevie Wonder and Marvin Gaye at the microphone in Motown's Detroit recording studio in 1965. Ph. Gilles Petard

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"Little Stevie Wonder," as Berry Gordy dubbed Steveland Judkins after his audition at Motown studios, was only 12 years old when he recorded his first hit, "Fingertips".

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