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    Posted on Feb 23, 2017

    23 Incredible Pictures Of Motown In The 1960s

    During the 1960s, the Motown Record Corporation revolutionized the music industry and transformed the shape of music to come.

    In 1959, a young black songwriter from Detroit named Berry Gordy began a record company with a loan of $800 from his family. His vision was unique — just as the assembly lines of Detroit lead the world's automotive industry, Motown Record Company would become a factory of hit singles and music super stars. In the decade to come, Gordy defined the sound of American music and changed the music world forever.

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    Smokey Robinson and a friend pose for a photo outside of a snowy Hitsville U.S.A., the original Motown headquarters in Detroit, 1967.

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    Diana Ross, Mary Wilson, and Cindy Birdsong of the Supremes pose for a studio portrait, circa 1960.

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    Stevie Wonder (in blue), the Supremes (in black), the Temptations (in yellow), Martha Reeves and the Vandellas (in pink), and Smokey Robinson and the Miracles (in red) pose for a group Motown portrait in 1964.

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    The Temptations performing to a crowd in 1964.

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    Marvin Gaye performing live on England's Thank Your Lucky Stars television show in 1964.

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    The Supremes dance with their arms in the air as they perform at the annual Bal Pare party in Munich in 1968.

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    Annette Beard, Rosalind Ashford, and Martha Reeves, of Martha Reeves and The Vandellas, are caught candidly backstage after a concert in England in 1963.

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    The Four Tops rehearse in the basement of New York City's Apollo Theater with their choreographer Cholly Atkins in 1964.

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    Smokey Robinson and the Miracles perform live in London during an airing of The Sound of Motown TV Special in 1965.

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    The Supremes pose for a portrait in Los Angeles while holding their Motown record, circa 1964.

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    A 16-year-old Stevie Wonder enthusiastically plays the piano in 1966.

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    The Supremes perform live on TV at London's Wembley Studios in 1965.

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    The Temptations perform live on London's Thank Your Lucky Stars television show, 1965.

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    Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell (left), portrait, United States, 1967. Motown star Mary Wells (right) performs live on the English television show, Thank Your Lucky Stars, circa 1965.

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    Gladys Knight & the Pips perform live for an unspecified crowd in 1960.

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    Smokey Robinson and the Miracles perform live on stage, circa 1970.

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    Stevie Wonder greets a group of fans backstage after a show in 1966.

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    Motown group The Four Tops perform their hit single "Standing in the Shadows of Love" on the British television program Ready Steady Go, 1966.

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    Michael Jackson, of the quintet Jackson 5, sings onstage in 1970.

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    The Jackson 5 perform live on a unspecified TV show, circa 1971. From left to right: Tito Jackson, Marlon Jackson, Jackie Jackson, Michael Jackson, Jermaine Jackson.

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