Despite the great length of time since Motown Records’ was established in 1959 by Berry Gordy, Hitsville U.S.A., home to the Motown Museum, has been visited by tens of thousands of visitors, each year. This proves the great influence of this infamous music genre's legacy and to the talent of not only the music itself but also those groundbreaking artists which produced it.
Berry Gordy, known as the founder of Motown, purchased the building which houses a number of the music genre's memorabilia and nicknamed "Hitsville USA." Inside visitors can go back in time as they revel at the costumes, photos, artwork, and music found on display.
Gordy wanted to pay homage to the soulful people of the area in which he was raised but felt that Motor City wasn't a proper reflection of this tight-knit community. For him, replacing "City" with "Town" was a more accurate representation so the term Motown was born.
Diana Ross & the Supremes, Smokey Robinson & the Miracles, Stevie Wonder, the Temptations, the Four Tops, and Marvin Gaye, to name a few, were the artists whose sounds were captured in Detroit and paved the way for so many after them. Now, this music is on display at the Motown Museum to be experienced decades later.
Visitors are provided the opportunity to stand where these and many more Motown artists and musicians—recorded their famous songs. You'll also learn how Berry Gordy started this musical phenomenon from an $800 loan from his family and even be invited to sing parts of your favorite tune in the famous Studio A.
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