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  • Vinyl
  • Label: Motown
  • ASIN: B004O1MDQK
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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By Annie Van Auken TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on November 10, 2013
Format: Vinyl
Berry Gordy Jr.'s first foray into the music industry was a record shop that failed after two years. While working at a Ford plant, Gordy wrote songs and submitted them to contests and vocalists. In 1957, his "Reet Petite" was a minor charter for Jackie Wilson, but it was the start of what would first be a successful songwriting career that included "Lonely Teardrops" and then a transition to studio production. Early on (1957), Berry teamed with the Miracles for a couple of non-charting END singles, then he met and worked with Eddie Holland and Marv Johnson.

Eddie, his brother Brian and Miracles lead singer William "Smokey" Robinson were talented composers, and no slouches with a mixing console. They were all vital to Berry Gordy's imminent emergence as a recording industry giant. It all came about when in January of '59, Berry borrowed less than a grand from his family to start up TAMLA Records. TAMLA's first single, "Come to Me" by Marv Johnson, became a minor hit once UNITED ARTISTS began distributing it. A modest beginning, yet by mid-1961, TAMLA, MOTOWN and soon GORDY were cranking out one charting single after another.

MOTOWN's first LP (by Mary Wells) came out in November of 1961. "Motown Special" (M-603), the label's debut various artists set, was issued in May of '62. It was the first of many such albums.

Available in 1975, THE GREATEST 64 MOTOWN HITS (834-837) is a 4-LP box set on the SIMCO label.
All tracks were licensed by MOTOWN for sale via a two-minute TV commercial.

Includes release dates, plus peak Billboard R&B and Hot 100 chart positions (where applicable).
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