Motown- The Sound of Young America

“There is nothing like the sound of needle hitting vinyl”

Remember those Motown days?

If there is a good reason to celebrate Black History month it is because of the break through in the music industry by Motown – A record label that ruled the pop charts in the 1960’s, owned by Berry Gordy.

From working in the dominant industry of auto assembly to opening his own label, Gordy slowly but eventually made millions and operated a 100 percent African American company in the height of the Civil Rights movement.

If it were not for Gordy and his influence and contribution African Americans would still largely be absent from music hits, Movies and TV shows. In a time when African American were fighting for equality in highly segregated communities across the country, Motown musicians were groomed non violent representatives putting out a positive image with their infectious songs that no-one could create or resist.

Motown’s influence on music was clear but influence on the youth of that time even clearer as once segregated crowds danced together, started hanging out together and becoming friends pretty much like our community today.

 

 

Image #: 6859600 Berry Gordy Jr. poses with one of his label’s hit records outside Hitsville USA headquarters on West Grand Boulevard in 1964. Detroit Free Press/MCT /Landov

Gordy always said that his music was not about color but about the  youth.  The young people were ready for a change…are you?

Don’t forget to check our NYC Events for Best Black History Events to attend.

This mix  of African American music styles exist in all genre of music created  today. Listen to these hits from the Motown era and hear it’s influence of harmonious messages.

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