November 27, 2015 at 12:01 am

The magic of Motown

Motown Records, one of the most iconic sounds of the 20th century, was founded in Detroit in 1959 by Berry Gordy. From humble beginnings in a modest house on Detroit's near west side, the careers of such superstars as Marvin Gaye, Smokey Robinson, Stevie Wonder, the Supremes, Four Tops and Temptations were launched.

In this section, The Detroit News celebrates the Motown Sound and its effect on the city, the civil rights movement and several generations of fans.


The virtual jukebox: Listen to Motown hits and find a timeline of events. Click on a map to see notable locations in Motown history.

Motown's best songs: Local celebrities and our music writers list their favorite Motown tracks

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