Their sound would permeate American culture. So much, that even the 'British Invasion' of the Beatles credits the artists of Motown as their inspiration.
"Even though they were British, they were gaining their musical influence from Motown", explained the forum's moderator, Bob Santelli, Executive Director of the Grammy Museum.
|Motown legends John Legend, Smokey Robinson, Berry Gordy. Photo/ CD Brown.|
In a society where the lives, and society at large, of African Americans and whites was separate, the brilliance of Gordy would be credited with bringing the races together, at least musically.
"It was fun for me", said Gordy." "I wanted to be great like Joe Louis", the former boxer turned Hitsville, USA music maker said. But the one piece of advice he offered to the young people who may be pursuing a career in music, "Be yourself. I know that anything I felt, I could write about it, and know that you all could feel it too, whether you're white, black."