Earlier this week my RASH class took a field trip to Hitsville, USA and I had the time of my life! Back in 1959 a man named Berry Gordy Jr. borrowed $800 from the Gordy Family Bank to begin the Tamla Record Company in Detroit, Michigan. Soon the Motown Label was established. The record company was located in a small house on West Grand Boulevard, and when the company outgrew that building Berry bought the house next door. Berry bought 7 additional houses to accommodate fore the entire Motown Operation. Berry’s dream was to create a system in which a hopeful musician could enter one door knowing nothing and when they exit at the end, they’re a star.
The museum was simply amazing. The tour was filled with interesting information and music. When I walked down the short set of stairs in to Studio A I started crying. I could hardly believe that I was standing in the same place where some of music’s biggest hits recorded their music. I was walking in the exact same footsteps as Diana Ross and the Supremes, Stevie Wonder, The Funk Brothers, Marvin Gaye, and the Jackson Five. The vibes in the studio were insane and I was so overwhelmed in the best way possible. We ended the tour by singing “My Girl” in Studio A and I was on top of the world. After the tour the guide asked if any of us would be pursuing a career in music. My hand shot up in the air and I said “Me! Remember my name: Maggie Morgan!”
If you are ever in the Detroit Area I would highly recommend going to the Motown Museum. I had the best time, and I can’t wait to go again. I really enjoyed writing this blogpost, and I look forward to next week’s!
A Tamla Highlight from 1975 from The Thin Man himself
A top ten hit on both the R&B and dance charts, perhaps the message was a bit too risque for the general public to take as it only hit #50 on the Billboard Hot 100. But there’s no better song on the subject that this song is about. There is only one line I’d change… I always give more than I take.