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12/01/1959 Motown Records founded in Detroit

Motown is an American record company founded by Berry Gordy Jr. The company played an important role in the racial integration of popular music as an African American-owned record label. For many decades, Motown was the highest-earning African American business in the USA.


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  • History 

  • Motown Sound 

  • Artist development 

  • Motown subsidiary labels 

  • British (pre-Tamla Motown) labels