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Motown marks 1959 beginning


Get ready: The year of Motown memories has begun.

Monday officially began the 50th anniversary of Motown Records. That’s the date in 1959 that Berry Gordy J r. secured an $800 loan to start the company that soon would spin out charttopping hits by Stevie Wonder, The Supremes, Smokey Robinson and the Miracles, Marvin Gaye, the Four Tops, the Temptations and many others.

Monday was declared “Motown Day” by local, state and national politicians at the Motown Historical Museum, the former studio.

They gathered with numerous label veterans including the Four Tops’ Abdul “Duke” Fakir, and members of the Miracles, Martha Reeves and the Vandellas and Rare Earth.

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