First Lady Michelle Obama greets, from left, John Legend, Smokey Robinson, Berry Gordy, and Bob Santelli in the Old Family Dining Room of the White House before the Motown Music Series student workshop, Feb. 24, 2011. (Official White House Photo by Samantha Appleton)
Motown – The Early Years
In the late 1950s, Berry Gordy left the assembly lines of Detroit's auto industry and applied what he learned to make a “music factory.” He took raw but talented low-income youth and polished them into the best entertainers and singers. This “factory” wrote the hit songs, then taught them to the artists. They were also taught how to dress, move and appear on stage. The results speak for themselves. Come hear the backstory to this great music, as we explore Motown in the '50s and '60s when this musical phenomenon began!
Larry Hess, M.M., is a retired Lubbock Independent School District educator and an OLLI member. He is also a professional musician, having retired after 30 years as a percussionist with the Lubbock Symphony Orchestra.
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