BERRY GORDY Jr. ON CROSSCURRENTS, 11/27: Record entrepreneur, music producer, and founder of Motown Records, Berry Gordy was born in Detroit on the 28th of November 1929. Gavin and Wyatt are in the Motown recording studio for an audition. We explore some of the rare gems in the Motown archives in advance of Berry Gordy’s birthday on Crosscurrents, 11/27 at 8 aMotown was founded by Berry Gordy, Jr., who was once a professional boxer before the U.S. Army draft for the Korean War.
Facts and Trivia:
Gordy borrowed $800 dollars from his father in 1959 to start Motown. He then released Marv Johnson’s song, “Come to Me.”
Motown’s founder, Berry Gordy, is a producer and songwriter. His first group and first million-selling act was The Miracles.
Gordy wrote or co-wrote over 200 songs for Motown’s music catalog, consisting of approximately 15,000 songs.
Motown was the first record label to run its own “charm school” to teach artists how to perform.
The backing band on almost all of the Motown recordings are a group of highly dedicated and tight-knit group of musicians called The Funk Brothers. The surviving members received The Grammy Legend Award in 2004 and were induced into The Musicians Hall of Fame in Nashville in 2007.
Between 1961 and 1971, Motown produced 110 US top 10 hits.
“Motown” derives its name from “Motor City”, the nickname for Detroit where the label was founded. At the time the biggest car factory, Ford was based here. Berry Gordy Jr, the label’s founder once worked for Ford.
Awards and accolades
Gordy was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1988.
Gordy was inducted into the Junior Achievement U.S. Business Hall of Fame in 1998.
Gordy received the Songwriters Hall of Fame’s Pioneer Award on June 13, 2013. He is the first living individual to receive the honor.
In 2016, Gordy received the National Medal of Arts from President Obama for “helping to create a trailblazing new sound in American music. As a record producer and songwriter, he helped build Motown, launching the music careers of countless legendary artists. His unique sound helped shape our Nation’s story.”
Hello Fellow Americans,
As Donald Trump proclaimed on Twitter:
Time Magazine called to say that I was PROBABLY going to be named “Man (Person) of the Year,” like last year, but I would have to agree to an interview and a major photo shoot. I said probably is no good and took a pass. Thanks anyway!
Sure… just like they called Gavin and Wyatt,
but discovered they were dogs not persons and they would have to agree to obedience training and a major gun dog shoot. They said probably a bark and took a piss. Woof anyway?
Thornton Wilder ~~~
We can only be said to be alive in those moments when our hearts are conscious of our treasures.
ALISTAIR COOKE ON CROSSCURRENTS, 11/20: The esteemed journalist and imperturbable and honey-voiced host of “Masterpiece Theatre”, Alistair Cooke, was born on this date in 1908. Gavin and Wyatt hope to be cast in Alistair’s next “Masterpiece Theatre”. You can be part of the troupe singing Broadway show tunes on Crosscurrents, 11/20 at 8 am.
Playlist to include: Phantom; Les Mis; Hamilton; Lions; Cats; Rocky; Shop; Sweeney; Hair; Tommy; J.C.; Newsies; Annie; Heights, and of course Shakespeare.
STEVENSON ON CROSSCURRENTS, 11/13: The Scottish writer who authored “Treasure Island”, Robert Louis Stevenson was born on this date in 1850. Gavin and Wyatt hope that the novelist will take them for a walk in the Scottish countryside. You can anticipate a playlist of artists from Scotland for the Stevenson birthday on Crosscurrents, 11/13 at 8 am.
In Flanders Field
In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.
We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie,
In Flanders fields.
Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.
By Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae