Berry Gordy III, known professionally as Berry Gordy Jr., is an American recording director, record producer, musician, film producer and television producer. He is best known as the founder of Motown Records and its subsidiaries, which has been the highest paying African-American company for decades. As a musician, he has composed or co-written several hits, including "Lonely Teardrops" and "That's Why", "Shop Around" and "Do You Love Me", all topping the charts. as the international hit "Reet Petite". As part of The Corporation, he wrote numerous hit songs for The Jackson 5, including "I Want You Back" and "ABC". As a record producer, he launched Miracles and signed with artists such as The Supremes, Marvin Gaye, The Temptations, The Four Tops, Gladys Knight & the Pips and Stevie Wonder. He is known to carefully direct the public image, costumes, manners and choreography of his actions. In 1988, Gordy was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
|Birth name||Berry Gordy III|
|Also known as||Berry Gordy Jr.|
|Born||November 28, 1929, Detroit, Michigan, U.S.|
|Genres||R&B, soul, pop, rock and roll, doo-wop|
|Occupation(s)||Record executive, record producer, songwriter, film producer, television producer|
|Associated acts||The Jackson 5, the Corporation, Diana Ross & the Supremes, Smokey Robinson, The Temptations, Stevie Wonder, the Miracles, Marvin Gaye, Jackie Wilson|
He dropped out of high school and trained to be a professional boxer.
He and his sister Gwen wrote "Reet Petite" and numerous other hit songs.
He was married to Thelma Coleman, Grace Eaton, and Ray Singleton and had a relationship with Diana Ross. He has a total of eight children.
He is distantly related to former U.S. president Jimmy Carter.
Gordy's family. Motown. Entrepreneur from Detroit. Michigan Entrepreneur. United States National Medal of Arts Recipient. Michigan Songwriters. African American businessman. American racehorse owner and breeder. American Autobiographers. African-American record producers. Musicians from Detroit. African-American musician. CEO of the American music industry. Afro-American