THE SATURDAY MORNING SONG CHRONICLES - PAGE 21

-- Paul B Allen III: September 28, 2019

BERRY GORDY AND MOTOWN 

I had a completely different article to present to you for this week’s Saturday Morning Song Chronicles, but very early this morning I read something that made me put the other article on hold, in favor of bringing this one to you today. 

It was announced just four days ago that Berry Gordy is retiring from Motown. 

I thought about that for a moment, and about the impact this man has had on all our lives, and I realized that mentioning his legacy would be the most appropriate thing we could do this weekend. 

Berry Gordy gave the world a tremendous gift that transcends color, class, national borders, language, hatred and hopelessness. He gave us music that nearly everyone around he world could relate to. Who would even want to imagine a world without Stevie Wonder, Smokey Robinson, Marvin Gaye, The Temptations, The Supremes, Gladys Knight, or any of the rest of the Motown stable of artists, engineers, songwriters, producers, musicians, and background singers? This music is the soundtrack of our very lives, and none of us would have been the same had there been no Motown and no Berry Gordy to make the dream come true. Job well done, Mr. Gordy. You are loved and appreciated beyond all comprehension. Thank you for the gift you have given us. 

In closing, I would like to leave you with a few of my favorite Motown songs presented in historic and rarely seen videos. For a truly magnificent and powerhouse performance, whatever you do, don't miss the Gladys Knight video. I saved the best for last. She is truly the Empress of Soul. 

If you would like to share some of your favorite Motown songs, ones that have impacted your life, we’d love to hear from you. 

Enjoy, and I hope that you will join us next weekend for the Saturday Morning Song Chronicles which will reveal yet another “secret ingredient” that Motown used to establish its incredible music dynasty.

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