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Motown celebrates 50 years of making music

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Motown celebrates 50 years of making music


As the White House prepares to welcome its first African-American President, Motown Records, another great institution of the United States is celebrating 50 years in business – a point not lost on its founder, Berry Gordy.

“Knowing that Obama is a Motown lover, I’d like to think that some of his philosophical points came from that kind of thinking, that Motown-type thinking,” said Gordy. At a time of racial segregation in some regions of the United States, many Motown tracks were adopted as civil rights anthems by campaigners. For Gordy, Motown’s message was about soothing tensions: “Motown’s influence has always been about unity, about people getting together, people are one people.” As the soul empire turns 50 on Monday, its brand of music dubbed the “Motown Sound” is assured a place in history along with the company’s role in breaking down racial barriers in America.
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