Music encompasses age and time, and if you are a baby boomer, you know that Detroit, Michigan, was the home of Motown Records, a recording company that produced music from well-known and legendary musicians and artists.
Marvin Gaye, Michael Jackson, Smokey Robinson, Diana Ross, Stevie Wonder, Gladys Knight, Lionel Richie, and singing groups such as the Miracles, Jackson 5, Temptations, Spinners, and Supremes were all Motown artists. Founded by Barry Gordy Jr., the name Motown is the combination of Motor and Town, the nickname of Detroit. Although the company headquarters was moved to Los Angeles in 1972 and was purchased by MCA in 1995, Motown has remained synonymous to Detroit, and "Hitsville U.S.A.", the nickname of Motown's first headquarters. The movie “Dreamgirls” was inspired by the history of Motown and one of its group artists, the Supremes. For those who are not familiar with Motown sounds, the recording company produced a special type of music, now known as soul music which originated from gospel music. Its greatest hits include Baby Love, Heard it through the Grapevine, Ain’t No Mountain High Enough, My Girl, All Night Long, You Can’t Hurry Love, Mercy Mercy Me, Baby Love, You are the Sunshine of My Life, and How Sweet it is to be Loved by You, just to name a few.
If you are a fan of Motown music, you must visit the Motown Museum in Detroit, Michigan. It is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Detroit. The museum founded by Esther Gordy Edwards in 1985, is the mecca for music lovers from all over the world. It is located in the original site called “Hitsville U.S.A.", and features a gallery of rare photos of its artists; an echo chamber where you can sing and groove with your favorite Motown hits; Studio A which was where artists recorded their songs and showcases the original equipment and instruments; Barry Gordon’s Flat located in the second floor of the headquarters where he lived with his family; and exhibits where you will learn more about the history of Motown and the role it played in revolutionizing the music industry. The Motown Museum Store is where you can buy souvenirs and gift items such as CDs of your favorite Motown artists, music sheets and songbooks, clothing apparel, and accessories.
Take a trip down music memory lane at the Motown Museum in Detroit. Consult Travgroup for more details.