Happy Birthday Motown! 50 Today!
Motown - one of the greatest ever record labels is 50 years old today (12th January 2009).
Marvin Gaye, The Supremes, The Temptations, Stevie Wonder - the list goes on and on - hit after hit after hit!
Berry Gordy and the team changed the way pop was made and and sounded and that sound is still as vibrant and influential today as it ever was.
Happy Birthday to ya!
Motown Records, one of the most influential record labels in the history of popular music, is marking its 50th anniversary.
Originally called Tamla, the label was founded by songwriter and businessman Berry Gordy in the US city of Detroit.
He started the label in 1959 from a studio in his cellar with an $800 loan.
Motown Records boasts nearly 200 No 1 songs worldwide, and has produced stars from Stevie Wonder and Marvin Gaye to The Temptations and The Supremes.