On today in 1959, Berry Gordy founded Motown Records in Detroit, Michigan. Motown Records was the first large black owned music company in America. Some of their artist included the Jackson 5, Stevie Wonder, The Supremes, Marvin Gaye, The Temptations, Smokey Robinson, and Gladys Knight & The Pips. Motown artist were able to break down racial barrios. Motown moved to Los Angeles in 1972. Berry Gordy sold Motown in 1988 and The Island Def Jam Music Group division of Universal Music Group now owns it. The headquarters for Motown is located in New York City and the original Detroit location is now a museum.
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