A privileged few have had as much of an impact on music as Berry Gordy, Jr. The founder of Motown Records gave world-renowned acts such as The Jackson 5, Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder, Boyz II Men, and even Erykah Badu a musical home to prosper in. And that’s only naming a few of the many.
With the help of an $800 loan, Gordy started Motown Records in 1959 in Detroit, Michigan. Fast forward a few decades later, and the label created some of the most recognizable music of the time period – or, you know, ever.
To celebrate Gordy’s 85th birthday, let’s take a look at some of the most popular acts to come out of Hitsville USA.