THE MOTOWN SOUND:

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Motown Records
Parent companyUniversal Music Group
FoundedJanuary 12, 1959; 62 years ago
FounderBerry Gordy Jr.
Distributor(s)Capitol Music Group
(US)
EMI Records
(UK)
Universal Music Group
(worldwide)
GenreVarious
Country of originUnited States
LocationLos AngelesCalifornia[1]
Official websitewww.motownrecords.com

Motown Records is an American record label owned by the Universal Music Group. It was founded by Berry Gordy Jr. as Tamla Records on January 12, 1959,[2][3] and incorporated as Motown Record Corporation on April 14, 1960.[4] Its name, a portmanteau of motor and town, has become a nickname for Detroit, where the label was originally headquartered.

Motown played an important role in the racial integration of popular music as an African American-owned label that achieved crossover success. In the 1960s, Motown and its subsidiary labels (including Tamla Motown, the brand used outside the US) were the most successful proponents of the Motown sound, a style of soul music with a mainstream pop appeal. Motown was the most successful soul music label, with a net worth of $61 million. During the 1960s, Motown achieved 79 records in the top-ten of the Billboard Hot 100 between 1960 and 1969.

Following the events of the Detroit Riots of 1967, and the loss of key songwriting/production team Holland–Dozier–Holland that year over pay disputes, Gordy moved Motown to Los Angeles. Motown expanded into film and television production.

It was an independent company until MCA Records bought it in 1988. PolyGram purchased the label from MCA in 1993, followed by MCA successor Universal Music Group, which acquired PolyGram in 1999.[2]

Motown spent much of the 2000s headquartered in New York City as a part of the UMG subsidiaries Universal Motown and Universal Motown Republic Group. From 2011 to 2014, it was a part of The Island Def Jam Music Group division of Universal Music.[5][6][7] In 2014, however, UMG announced the dissolution of Island Def Jam, and Motown relocated back to Los Angeles to operate under the Capitol Music Group, now operating out of the Capitol Tower.[1] In 2018, Motown was inducted into Rhythm and Blues Music Hall of Fame in a ceremony held at the Charles H. Wright Museum.[8]

Narrated History by:

Wa’Dell Jones: Artist/Producer/Singer/Songwriter/Video Director/Editor.

Co. Rock Of Ages Entertainment

BMI Pro. Member: #1179604

Songwriter/Composer: IP# 00560927242

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Published by Author Non-fiction, Gospel Music Minister, Poet, Hebrew Negro.

THE ORIGIN AND MUSICAL BACKGROUND OF: WA'DELL GARNER JONES SR. My musical career started with a fire and compassion to be a, Singer/Songwriter/Producer, filled by my predecessors, heroes, Kenneth Gamble and Leon Huff of the well renowned famous Music Production team... From the Sound of Philadelphia. That wrote, arranged, composed, numerous hits. I learned my musical craft and singing skills from the church choirs, how to harmonize and sing correctly with a choir of other singers in different ranges. Choirs that I sang professionally with are, West Angeles Church of God in Christ Mass Choir, Friendship Baptist Church Mass, Inspirational, and Men's Choir where I sang lead vocals for all three of the the of those choirs for over 5-years of my musical life which taught me a lot about live performance, pitch, and vocal blending of harmonizing.with the singer next to you. That inspired me to write, record, arrange, perform, compose and produce my 50-Song Catalog and created published, and Copyrighted three Musical CDs. name of the 1. The Gospel Truth, 2. Love Favors, 3. Morning After. 10-songs on the first, 7-songs on the second and 7-songs on the third. And Three Music videos. performed, composed and produced by my Record companies. Which are, Rock of Ages Entertainment, Rock of Ages Records LLc and my Nonprofit Company; The Gospel Truth Music Corp. a 501 (c) (3) is registered with the California and Headquartered in Present company: Rock Of Ages Entertainment.com Specialize in; Freelance Writing, Copywriting, Articles, Blogs. etc. Wa'Dell Jones: The city of Fountain Valley CA. Off.# (714)455-2111 Cell# (714)722-5917

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