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Overview (2)

Date of Birth 28 November 1929Detroit, Michigan, USA
Birth NameBerry Gordy III

Mini Bio (1)

Berry Gordy was born on November 28, 1929 in Detroit, Michigan, USA as Berry Gordy III. He was previously married to Grace Easton, Raynoma Singleton and Thelma Louise Coleman.

Spouse (3)

Grace Easton (17 July 1990 - 1993) (divorced)
Raynoma Singleton (1960 - 1962) (divorced) (1 child)
Thelma Louise Coleman (1953 - 1960) (divorced) (3 children)

Trivia (16)

Founder of Motown Records and Tamla Records.
Sold Motown Records to MCA for $61 million in 1988.
Father, with Diana Ross, of Rhonda Ross Kendrick
Borrowed $800 to start Tamla Motown Records.
Grandfather of Jermaine Jackson II.
Inducted to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (under the category Non-Performer) in 1988.
Father of songwriter Stefan Gordy by producer Nancy Leiviska.
Father of Rockwell by ex-girlfriend Margaret Norton. Ex-father-in-law of Jermaine Jackson.
Jobete, the music publishing company that he founded was named after his three oldest children: Hazel JOy, BErry and TErry.
Has 8 children altogether: Hazel Joy, Berry, Terry, Kerry, Sherry, Kennedy, Rhonda and Stefan.
Former brother-in-law of Harvey Fuqua and Marvin Gaye.
He was awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for Recording at 7000 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California.
Wrote the introduction to Michael Jackson's autobiography "Moonwalk".
Friends with Smokey Robinson.

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