What is Motown?

  • (noun): The largest city in Michigan and a major Great Lakes port; center of the United States automobile industry; located in southeastern Michigan on the Detroit river across from Windsor.
    Synonyms: Detroit, Motor City


Motown is a record company originally founded by Berry Gordy, Jr. and incorporated as Motown Record Corporation in Detroit, Michigan, United States, on April 14, 1960. The name, a portmanteau of motor and town, is also a nickname for Detroit. Now headquartered in New York City, Motown is a subsidiary of The Island Def Jam Music Group, itself a subsidiary of the French-owned Vivendi subsidiary, Universal Music Group. Motown Records was also the name of Gordy's second record label; the first, Tamla Records, began on January 12, 1959. Motown played an important role in the racial integration of popular music, by achieving a crossover success. In the 1960s, Motown and its soul-based subsidiaries were the most successful proponents of what came to be known as "The Motown Sound", a style of soul music with a distinct pop influence.

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Motown Chartbusters - External Links
... Official Motown Records website Official Classic Motown website Motown Historical Museum - Open to the public, located in the former "Hitsville USA" building in Detroit Complete discography of pre-1986 Motown ...
Lucky, Lucky Me
... song in 1964 but the song was shelved by Motown staff ... When Motown's UK department, Tamla-Motown, issued The Very Best of Marvin Gaye, the label included the song as the final song in the tracklisting ... Following positive buzz from Marvin's fans in England, Tamla-Motown released the song as a single in the UK where it reached number sixty-seven on the UK Singles Chart in 1994 giving ...
British (pre-Tamla-Motown) Labels
... London American Records issued the releases for Motown from 1959 to 1961 ... Fontana Records issued the releases for Motown from 1961 to 1962 ... Oriole Records issued the releases for Motown from 1962 to 1963 ...
Motown Chartbusters
... Motown Chartbusters are a series of compilation albums first released by EMI under licence on the Tamla Motown label in Britain ... The first two (volume 1 and volume 2) were originally called British Motown Chartbusters after this they used the title Motown Chartbusters ...
Looking Back To Yesterday
... As part of Motown's Never-Before-Released series, all songs were previously unreleased except for "Love's Gone Bad" and "I Was Made to Love Her", alternate versions were released in 1979 on the ... It was re-released again as part of Hello World The Motown Solo Collection in 2009 ...