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Motown is far more than just a record company. Founded by Berry Gordy Jr. in 1960, it played an important role in bringing down racial barriers in pop music and has since become an American cultural institution. This memorial site was created to celebrate and remember performers, songwriters, producers and others who helped create the unmistakable Motown sound.

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Motown Memorials: Remembering the life, death and legacy of James Mason

James L. Mason James Louis Mason, age 84, died on April 2, 2019 at Sunset House after a long and courageous struggle with Alzheimer's. He was born on May 28, 1934 to parents Louis and Josephine Mason. He earned both his Bachelor's and Master's music degrees from Wayne State University, where he studied with Charles Sirard, the principal bassoonist with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. He served in the U.S. Army from 1957-1958 and was stationed in Seoul, Korea, where he was a member of the...
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Joe Jackson Obituary (AP News)

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Dennis Edwards Obituary (AP News)

Dennis Edwards, lead singer of Motown's famed...

Bobby Taylor Obituary (AP News)

Bobby Taylor, the singer and producer who...

Sylvia Moy Obituary (AP News)

Sylvia Moy, the creative Motown songwriter who...

Jimmy Ruffin Obituary (AP News)

NEW YORK (AP) — Jimmy Ruffin, the Motown singer...

Maxine Powell Obituary (AP News)

MIKE HOUSEHOLDER, Associated Press DETROIT...

Bobby Rogers Obituary (AP News)

SOUTHFIELD, Michigan (AP) - Bobby Rogers, a...

Richard Street Obituary (AP News)

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Former Motown vocalist Richard...

Otis Harris Obituary (AP News)

BALTIMORE (AP) - Otis "Damon" Harris, a former...

Bob Babbitt Obituary (AP News)

DETROIT (AP) - Prominent Motown studio musician...

Esther Gordy Edwards Obituary (AP News)

DETROIT (AP) - Esther Gordy Edwards, who helped...

Nick Ashford Obituary (AP News)

NEW YORK (AP) — Nick Ashford, one-half of the...

Lee MOORE Obituary (ToledoBlade)

MOORE Lee H. Lee H. Moore, 73, passed away...

Gladys Horton Obituary (AP News)

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Teena Marie Obituary (AP News)

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Teena Marie, who made history...

Harvey Fuqua Obituary (AP News)

DETROIT (AP) — Singer, songwriter and record...

Ali-Ollie Woodson Obituary (AP News)

DETROIT (AP) - Ali-Ollie Woodson, who led the...

Michael Jackson Obituary (AP News)

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Michael Jackson, defined in...

Uriel Jones Obituary (AP News)

DETROIT (AP) — Uriel Jones, a drummer whose...

Levi Stubbs Obituary (AP News)

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