Motown Records founder Berry Gordy, Jr. Dropping out of high school in the 11th grade, he tried professional boxing, then in enlisted in the U. Army, serving in Korea until he was discharged in When the store went bankrupt in , Gordy was forced to find steady work to support his wife and son. He got a job at Ford Motor Company , first in the foundry, then on the assembly line at the Lincoln-Mercury plant.
Further Reading on Berry Gordy Jr
Berry Gordy, Jr. Gordy dropped out of Northeastern High School in Detroit, Michigan, and pursued a featherweight boxing career before joining the U. Army c.
Who Is Berry Gordy Jr.?
He is best known as the founder of the Motown record label and its subsidiaries, which was the highest-earning African-American business for decades. He was known for carefully directing the public image, dress, manners, and choreography of his acts. His half-brother, James son of the elder James and his legal wife , was the grandfather of President Jimmy Carter.
Born: November 28, Detroit, Michigan African American businessman, songwriter, and entrepreneur. Berry Gordy Jr. The record company grew into the most successful African American enterprise in the United States and was responsible for creating a new sound that changed popular music. He was not the first businessperson in the family; both parents worked for themselves, his father as a plastering contractor, his mother as an insurance agent. As a child Gordy was interested in music, and his song "Berry's Boogie" won a talent contest. However, he did not receive much formal training in music—only a little on the piano and merely a week on the clarinet. Gordy dropped out of Northeastern High School during his junior year to pursue a career as a boxer. Between and he fought fifteen matches, twelve of which he won, but his boxing career was cut short when he was drafted to serve in the U.