Today is Berry Gordy’s 93rd birthday! He is a retired American record executive, record producer, songwriter, best known as the founder of Motown Records. Gordy's gift for identifying and bringing together musical talent, along with the careful management of his artists' public image, made Motown a major success. He signed artists such as the Supremes, Marvin Gaye, the Temptations, the Contours, the Four Tops, Stevie Wonder and the Jackson 5. Gordy was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1988, awarded the National Medal of Arts by President Barack Obama in 2016, and the Kennedy Center Honors in 2021. In 2022, he was inducted into the Black Music & Entertainment Walk of Fame.
Let’s wish Berry Gordy a happy birthday by celebrating his legacy. For today’s 9:30 Coffee Break, what Motown songs do you want to hear?
Smokey Robinson and the Miracles – Shop Around
The Supremes – My World Is Empty Without You
The Spinners – It’s A Shame
Stevie Wonder – Uptight Everything’s Alright
Marvin Gaye – Ain’t No Mountain High Enough
The Four Tops – Bernadette
Teena Marie – Square Biz
The Temptations – Cloud Nine
Jackson 5 – Goin’ Back To Indiana (Bonus Track!)
Respond with your song ideas in the comments below.