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En español | Berry Gordy borrows $800 from his family savings club and starts Tamla Record Co.
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Motown releases its first hit single, “Money (That’s What I Want),” sung by Barrett Strong.
The Miracles featuring Smokey Robinson record “Shop Around,” the first Motown record to sell 1 million copies.
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The Marvelettes release “Please Mr. Postman.” This was the first Motown song to reach the No. 1 position on the Billboard Hot 100 pop singles chart.
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The Contours release “Do You Love Me?” — which was written for the Temptations. Because Gordy was unable to locate the group, the song was given to the Contours.
Mary Wells appears on American Bandstand with Dick Clark.
The Temptations’ first Top 20 hit is “The Way You Do the Things You Do.”
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Six Motown releases reach No. 1, including “I Can’t Help Myself” by the Four Tops and “Stop! In the Name of Love” by the Supremes.
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Gladys Knight & the Pips, rising stars from Atlanta, sign a record deal with Motown.
Martha and the Vandellas release “Jimmy Mack” on the Gordy label.
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Marvin Gaye’s version of “I Heard It Through the Grapevine” hits No. 1 on the pop chart.
The Jackson 5 performs at the Daisy Disco in Los Angeles, with an introduction by Diana Ross.
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Edwin Starr releases “War.”
PHOTO BY: Cover photo by Henry Diltz from Rolling Stone issue dated April 29, 1971
Michael Jackson appears on the cover of Rolling Stone for the first time.
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Meet the Andantes, the girl group Motown left behind
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