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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 Joe Jackson

Joe Jackson, the patriarch and longtime manager of the musical Jackson family, died today at the age of 89, according to TMZ and multiple news sources. Born July 26, 1928, Jackson initially worked in the steel mills of northwest Indiana. But when his children began showing musical talent and forming singing groups together, he became their manager. His three oldest sons, Jackie, Tito and Jermaine, were the first to perform, going under the name the Jackson Brothers. Later, Marlon and...
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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)

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Gladys Horton, a co-founder of...

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)

DETROIT (AP) - Four Tops frontman Levi Stubbs,...

Earl Palmer Obituary (AP News)

LOS ANGELES (AP) – Earl Palmer, the session...

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