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In 1957, he discovered the Miracles (originally known as the Matadors) and began building a portfolio of successful artists.
In 1959, with the encouragement of Miracles leader Smokey Robinson, Gordy borrowed 0 from his family to create an R&B record company.
His half-brother, James, was the grandfather of President Jimmy Carter.
Berry Gordy II was lured to Detroit by the job opportunities for black people offered by the booming automotive businesses.
With the exception of her son Ross Naess, all of her children use their mother's surname as their stage name.
In 1998 Gordy was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
The first Berry Gordy was the son of a white plantation owner, James Gordy, in Georgia and his female slave.
As a songwriter he composed or co-composed a number of hits including "Lonely Teardrops", "Shop Around" and "Do You Love Me", all of which topped the US R&B charts.
As part of The Corporation he wrote a number of hit songs for The Jackson 5, including "I Want You Back" and "ABC".