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

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

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

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

Gordy sisters Esther, Anna, Bertha, Gwen and Loucye

Gordy sisters Esther, Anna, Bertha, Gwen and Loucye

The most successful American performers of the 1960s, the Supremes for a time rivaled even the Beatles in terms of red-hot commercial appeal, reeling off five number one singles in a row at one point. Critical revisionism has tended to undervalue the Supremes' accomplishments, categorizing their work as more lightweight than the best soul stars (or even the best Motown stars), and viewing them as a tool for Berry Gordy's crossover aspirations. There's no question that there was about as much…

The most successful American performers of the 1960s, the Supremes for a time rivaled even the Beatles in terms of red-hot commercial appeal, reeling off five number one singles in a row at one point. Critical revisionism has tended to undervalue the Supremes' accomplishments, categorizing their work as more lightweight than the best soul stars (or even the best Motown stars), and viewing them as a tool for Berry Gordy's crossover aspirations. There's no question that there was about as much…

Singers Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell pose for a portrait with 2 men and Marvin's first wife Anna Gordy (sister of Berry Gordy) in circa 1968. (L-R) Tammi Terrell, Anna Gordy, Marvin Gaye.

Singers Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell pose for a portrait with 2 men and Marvin's first wife Anna Gordy (sister of Berry Gordy) in circa 1968. (L-R) Tammi Terrell, Anna Gordy, Marvin Gaye.

Berry Gordy House, known as Motown Mansion in Detroit's Boston-Edison Historic District.

Berry Gordy House, known as Motown Mansion in Detroit's Boston-Edison Historic District.

Berry Gordy's 1st wife Thelma Coleman.

Berry Gordy's 1st wife Thelma Coleman.

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