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A (Brief, Funky) History of Motown Records

On August 21, 1961, a new song took over the airwaves. “Please Mr. Postman,” a new single recorded by The Marvelettes, soared to #1 on the Billboard charts.

It was the brilliant new sound of a young America. And with hits like “Please Mr. Postman,” a young impresario named Berry Gordy, Jr. made Motown Records into an empire that reshaped music and pop culture across the United States and the world.

Watch: A History of Motown Records