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Berry Gordy, Jr.

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Music Producer

The Resume

    (November 28, 1929- )
    Founded Motown Records in Detroit (1959)
    Produced and wrote for Smokey Robinson, Marvin Gaye, Mary Wells, Diana Ross and the Supremes, The Jackson Five, Stevie Wonder, Gladys Knight and The Temptations
    Sold interests in Motown for $61 million (1988)
    Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (1988)

Why he might be annoying:

    He dropped out of high school to become a boxer.
    He had a child out of wedlock with Diana Ross.
    He has eight children.
    One of his daughters married Jermaine Jackson.
    He didn't give proper credit to Motown's studio musicians, namely the Funk Brothers.
    He has been sued many times by songwriters and musicians for not paying song royalties.
    He relocated Motown from Detroit to Los Angeles (1972).
    His ex-wife bashed him in her memoirs about working at Motown.

Why he might not be annoying:

    He served in the Korean War.
    He started Motown Records on an $800 loan and turned it into one of the most successful music companies.
    He helped create the 'Motown Sound' that continues to be very popular and recognizable.
    He helped start and build-up the careers of many black singers and musicians.
    He positively changed stereotypes of black people in rock music.
    He carefully created and promoted bands and music that could be enjoyed by all races.
    He named his publishing company Jobete after his three oldest children.
    He said: Motown 'had an atmosphere that allowed people to experiment creatively and gave them the courage not to be afraid to make mistakes.'

Credit: Call me Calvin

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Year In Review:

    For 2023, as of last week, Out of 10 Votes: 60.0% Annoying
    In 2022, Out of 2 Votes: 0% Annoying
    In 2021, Out of 33 Votes: 93.94% Annoying
    In 2020, Out of 100 Votes: 46.00% Annoying
    In 2019, Out of 6 Votes: 50.0% Annoying
    In 2018, Out of 5 Votes: 40.0% Annoying
    In 2017, Out of 14 Votes: 42.86% Annoying
    In 2016, Out of 5 Votes: 60.0% Annoying
    In 2015, Out of 12 Votes: 66.67% Annoying
    In 2014, Out of 16 Votes: 43.75% Annoying
    In 2013, Out of 10 Votes: 50.0% Annoying
    In 2012, Out of 22 Votes: 63.64% Annoying
    In 2011, Out of 12 Votes: 58.33% Annoying
    In 2010, Out of 28 Votes: 57.14% Annoying
    In 2009, Out of 61 Votes: 68.85% Annoying
    In 2008, Out of 39 Votes: 79.49% Annoying
    In 2007, Out of 92 Votes: 59.78% Annoying
    In 2006, Out of 125 Votes: 52.00% Annoying
    In 2005, Out of 119 Votes: 60.50% Annoying