One of the truly great stories of the 20th Century was the rise and world domination of Motown Records. From its humble origins in a small house on Grand Boulevard in Detroit, the label founded by Berry Gordy, Jr. went on to become "The Sound of Young America" and the source of the most loved music of its era.
In a truly American story of success, a group of young, inner city African American men and women -- many still in their teens -- overcame their youth, the overt and covert racism of the times, payola scandals of the day and countless other obstacles to become international icons, still revered a half century after they broke through.
So as we celebrate the seminal Sound of Detroit and all that it has meant to three generations of music lovers, we take a look back at the artists who made it happen. Below are links to our profiles of some of the biggest artists of the Motown labels, including updates on where they are now. The profiles also include links to their greatest albums and videos of several performances. We hope you like it.
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