MOTOWN’S 45th ANNIVERSARY! ALL THE GREAT #1’S ON 1 CD
son of a plasterer, Berry Gordy Jr. 45 years ago began building
the best-known record company of the 20th century from the ground
up. By accident and then design, he did so in America’s heartland,
away from its traditional music capitals. And the iconic map of
Detroit he had printed in the center of almost every Motown 45 became
more than a lesson in geography.
around the world, the music and artists associated with that label
and that enterprise empowered a generation, and has influenced the
sound of popular music ever since.
bloodline still pulses through modern music, just as the songs have
become integrated into America’s cultural heritage, resonating
‘round the globe in the new century.
One recent example: Michael McDonald’s admiring album of interpretations,
Motown, is a platinum record in the U.S. and earned a pair of Grammy®