The sight of
Berry Gordy at Golden World on consecutive weekends, set
tongues wagging that he was showing an interest in the
It was rumoured
that he was feeling uneasy about the quality
that was flowing from West Davison and had approached Ed Wingate
with an offer.
may not be exactly true, however, as Gordy had to outbid a Bob
d'Orleans consortium to wrestle the studio from Wingate and
Bratton. This suggests that the studio had been on the open-market.
In September 1966 Gordy landed the prize
by way of a reputed $1 million bid. Whether that was the figure or not will probably remain conjecture.
well as owning the studio, Motown now owned Myto Publishing and the contracts of Edwin Starr and JJ
is astonishing to think that Wingate and Bratton were only
based there for eighteen months.
d'Orleans, who helped establish and run the studio, was out of a job and
began to work with Sidra.
McLean, Motown's Chief Engineer, gave an opinion of Bob's work in an open letter to
the Soulful Detroit forum........