March 26, 2013 |
Deke Richards, who as part of the songwriting and production team known as the Corporation was responsible for many of Motown Records' signature songs, died Sunday at a hospice in Bellingham, Wash., of esophageal cancer, according to a statement from his record label. He was 68. Born Dennis Lussier in Los Angeles, Richards helped launch the Jackson 5 to stardom by co-creating -- alongside Alphonzo Mizell, Freddie Perren and Motown founder Berry Gordy -- the family band's first three No. 1 hits: "I Want You Back," "ABC" and "The Love You Save.
February 8, 2012 |
Diana Ross has never won a Grammy. Though nominated 12 times for her work with the Supremes and for her solo efforts, the singer behind pop classis such as "Baby Love" and "Upside Down" has never taken home the award. This Saturday, she will be presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Recording Academy along with Gil Scott-Heron, the Allman Brothers, Glen Campbell, George Jones, Antonio Carlos Jobim and the Memphis Horns, at an invitation-only ceremony the night before the Grammy telecast.
September 1, 2011
Hundreds packed a Detroit church Wednesday to give a final goodbye to Esther Gordy Edwards, the sister of Motown Records founder Berry Gordy Jr. who helped him build the company and led efforts to preserve the original headquarters in the city. Edwards died last week at age 91. Berry Gordy clasped hands with Smokey Robinson as they entered the Bethel AME Church. Stevie Wonder, who also signed to Motown, spoke before performing a stirring, soulful rendition of one of Edwards' favorite hymns, "His Eye Is on the Sparrow.
August 21, 2009 |
Chris Clark was a 17-year-old, 6-foot platinum blond when she arrived at Motown's Detroit headquarters in 1963 -- demo in hand -- to audition for Berry Gordy. "Berry kept me waiting in his office for three hours, covertly sizing me up, before he listened to the demo," recalls Clark. "Then he wanted to hear me sing something live, so I sat down at the piano and did Etta James' 'All I Could Do Was Cry.' I didn't know Berry had co-written that song!" Impressed and somewhat amused, Gordy was nevertheless hesitant to sign a teenage white girl to the label that already was home to such hit-makers as Smokey Robinson, Stevie Wonder and the Marvelettes.
December 14, 2008 |
Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, the Supremes and Michael Jackson are among the array of hit-makers on a spectacular new 10-CD salute to Motown Records, but the real star of the Motown story is the man whose photo is featured on the cover of the package's booklet: Berry Gordy.
February 22, 2007 |
DreamWorks Pictures, maker of the Oscar-nominated film "Dreamgirls," apologized to Motown Records founder Berry Gordy for any suggestion that a character in the movie was based on his life. The apology appeared as a full-page ad Wednesday in the trade publications Variety and Hollywood Reporter. " 'Dreamgirls' is a work of fiction," the studio said. "For any confusion that has resulted from our fictional work, we apologize to Mr. Gordy."