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Tamla Motown (1964)

Happy Birthday Marvin Gaye! (Apr. 2, 1939 – Apr. 1, 1984)

Portrait of Marvin Gaye. Printed on front: “Marvin Gaye, Tamla Recording Artist. Personal management, Berry Gordy, Jr. Enterprises, Inc., Detroit 8, Michigan." 

  • Courtesy of the E. Azalia Hackley Collection of African Americans in the Performing Arts, Detroit Public Library

Happy Birthday Stevland Hardaway Morris (born Stevland Hardaway Judkins; May 13, 1950), known by his stage name Stevie Wonder!

Portrait of Stevie Wonder. Printed on front: “Stevie Wonder, Tamla Recording Artist. Direction: International Talent Mgt., Inc. (ITMI), 2652 W. Grand Boulevard, Detroit, Michigan 48208. James J. Kriegmann, N.Y." 

  • Courtesy of the E. Azalia Hackley Collection of African Americans in the Performing Arts, Detroit Public Library

“I guess I had a pretty normal childhood for somebody growing up in the ghetto section of Detroit. I grew up in a neighborhood where Diana Ross lived right down the street from me and Aretha Franklin lived around the corner and the Four Tops lived two blocks over and the Temptations lived about four blocks away. It was the era of doo-wop groups, and in Detroit at the time, you were either in a gang or a group, and so I chose to be in a group.” - Smokey Robinson

Happy Birthday Georgeanna Tillman! (February 6, 1944 – January 6, 1980)

Portrait of the musical group the Marvelettes.Handwritten on front: “Gladys; To Clarice, a very sweet cousin with personality plus, love always, Catherine; Georgianna; Wanda.”

  • Courtesy of the E. Azalia Hackley Collection of African Americans in the Performing Arts, Detroit Public Library
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