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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 listening to Little Stevie Wonder, 1960s.

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Berry Gordy and Stevie Wonder

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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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from CBS News

Legends of Motown

Michael Jackson and Berry Gordy.

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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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She had a record deal by the time she was 14. She was a featured vocalist with James Brown at 17. Berry Gordy signed her to Motown Records 3 years later. And in 1967 Tammi Terrell teamed up with Marvin Gaye to record a series of classic romantic hits that remain the gold standard for romantic duets. The magic of her career ended abruptly when she collapsed on stage from a brain tumor while singing with Marvin in the fall of 1967. She died in 1974 at the age of 24.

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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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from HubPages

Rare Michael Jackson Photos

Diana Ross, Michael Jackson, Berry Gordy and Marlon Jackson - 1969.

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