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Charise (mistrivia1)
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Okay, forgive me for this question, but is this not the 46th year for Motown???
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Stonewall (stonewall)
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Charise, this is one of the easiest questions I have ever answered on this Board. MOTOWN legally started in 1959 -- one of the years of the Edsel. In January of 1959 is when Mr. GORDY conducted that now famous loan of borrowing the $800 from relatives to start MOTOWN. And, in January of 1959 is also when BERRY registered and established Jobete Music Publishing. Berry's prior music dealings were actually or technically done under the employment of others, not Motown. In other words, too, "M-25" was held a year too early in 1983; however, there were huge business reasons for that, including MICHAEL JAX. That has understandably thrown some people off with Motown's math. Enjoy the 45th!

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Charise (mistrivia1)
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GOT IT, Stonewall!! I started thinking after I posted, that it probably was officially started in '59, but with all the hoopla 21 yrs ago, with MJ and the music at that time, it makes sense. Thank You for the input!!!!! Shoot, you can learn a lot & get good grades at this school:-)
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Uptight (uptight)
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btw: Even though his record company was originally named Tamla in 1959, in 1960 Berry Gordy coined the word "Motown." He made up the name based on the idea of Detroit being known as the "Motor-" capital of the world and Detroit as his home "-Town." There was no word like it in the telephone book or the dictionary.

But for all intents and purposes, you will be perfectly correct saying Mr. Gordy's record company known as Motown officially started in 1959.

Interestingly "Motown 40: The Music is Forever" (the TV mini-series documentary) aired February 1998--a year earlier than the actual 40-year anniversary. Perhaps there was some talk about re-airing it or marketing a vhs version release just in time for the real anniversary, but...
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John Lester (theboyfromxtown)
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You can come up with all sorts of reasons why it is called Motown 45.....but there is one underlying one and that is marketing.

Albums play at 33 rpm, singles play at 45rpm..

And yes, in years gone past, there was talk of Motown 33 (and American Bandstand 33 come to think of it - did that even happen in the end?)

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Reese (reese)
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I think there was an American Bandstand 33 and 1/3 anniversary special.
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Davie Gordon (davie_gordon)
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John, let's hope we're all still here for
Motown 78 !!

Davie
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Uptight (uptight)
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LMAO, guys!
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Stonewall (stonewall)
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1959. It's true that BERRY's first name for the company was Tamla, which carried through with the Tamla label, and, nonetheless, it was 1959 -- my favorite year Cadillac with the biggest and shark-like fins, also out of Detroit.

The coincidence of "45" is just that but a great one. I don't think that irony will be bringing too many millions of additional viewers to see the show. I doubt even one. U have to realize that "kids" (under 30) today basically do not know what a "45" record is. So, it's not ringing any bells with them. And for a possible "M-78", no one would know what a "78" is, so 4-get that!

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Cool Ju (cool_ju)
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Did Motown release any 78s early on or was the format completely dead by then?
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Stonewall (stonewall)
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78's: D.O.A. pre-Motown.
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P.J. (pj1)
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Although Motown never issued any 78's, Barrett Strong's Money (That's What I Want) {Anna 1111} exists in a 78 format.
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Ron Murphy (ron_murphy)
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January 1959 - Tamla 101 Marv Johnson "Come To Me/"Whisper (sold to United Artists 2-59)

June 1959 - Motown G1/2 The Miracles "Bad Girl"/I Love Your Baby (sold to Chess July 59

mis-information in a few Motown books says that the above Miracles record was only a test pressing., the record was available in stores at the time of release and I purchased a copy on the Motown label way back trhen after I heard it on the radio.
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Ducky (detroit)
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"Whisper" was the song!!!!!!!

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