Monday 10.00 pm – 12.00 midnight
is our weekly two hour tribute
to the special music that is
‘The Motown Sound’.
Yes each and every Monday evening we bring you two continuous hours of the music that
was master-minded by the one and only Mr Berry Gordy jr.
As you know ‘Motown’ was founded by Berry Gordy, Jr. on January 12, 1959,
in Detroit, Michigan, as Tamla Records. The company’s record label “Motown” was formed in
September 1959 and the company was incorporated as “Motown Record Corporation” on April 14, 1960.
The name, a blending of ‘motor’ and ‘town’, has also become a nickname for the city of Detroit itself.
Motown played an important role in the racial integration of popular music as an
African American-owned record label which achieved significant crossover success. In the 1960s,
Motown and its subsidiary labels (including Tamla Motown, the brand used outside the US)
were the most successful proponents of what came to be known as the ‘Motown Sound’,
a style of soul music with a distinct pop influence. During the 1960s, Motown achieved
spectacular success for a small record company: 79 records in the Top Ten of the Billboard Hot 100 record
chart between 1960 and 1969.
Gordy relocated Motown to Los Angeles in 1972, and there it remained an independent company until
June 28, 1988, when Gordy sold the company to MCA and Boston Ventures
(which took over full ownership of Motown in 1991).
Motown was then sold to PolyGram in 1994, before being sold again to MCA Records’ successor,
Universal Music Group, when it acquired PolyGram in 1999.
Motown spent much of the 2000s as a part of the Universal Music subsidiaries
Universal Motown and Universal Motown Republic Group, and headquartered in New York City.
From 2011 to 2014, Motown was a part of The Island Def Jam Music Group division of
On April 1, 2014, Universal Music Group announced the dissolution of Island Def Jam;
subsequently Motown relocated back to Los Angeles to operate under the Capitol Music Group.
It now operates out of the landmark Capitol Tower.