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Motown to mark 50 years in style

BY ROCHELLE RILEY
FREE PRESS COLUMNIST

One month from today, Berry Gordy Jr. and many of the stars whose
careers he launched will be in Detroit to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Motown Records.

Officials
at the Motown Museum confirmed Friday that Gordy and other Motown
legends will gather at the Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center
for a celebration Nov. 21 featuring Stevie Wonder and the Temptations
and hosted by Sinbad.

The
event, sadly, will come five months after the death of Motown’s biggest star, Michael Jackson, and will be the first gathering of the Motown
family since his memorial services.

But museum officials and Motown fans plan to remember the achievements of Jackson and Gordy with love, not grief.

"Having
grown up with Motown, having danced, dreamed, studied driven to,
exercised to the sound of Motown and traveled … out of the country
and wherever I went, people talked to me about two things, cars and
Motown, I can tell you it’s going to be an absolutely special night,"
said former Detroit Mayor Dennis Archer, cochairman of the event.

Proceeds
benefit the museum in the small house on West Grand Boulevard where
Gordy discovered Marvin Gaye, Diana Ross and the Temptations.

Unlike
a private event five years ago to mark Motown’s 45th anniversary, this
gala is open to the public. 

For information,
call 313-875-2264.

Motown@50 project

Detroit Free Press

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