Full Chorus at Motown Dress Rehearsal

Photo by Matt Vant

Compiled by Toni Johnson, Marketing Director, King Arts Complex

  1. Motown founder Berry Gordy was once a professional boxer before the US army draft for the Korean War put an end to his fighting ambition.
  2. The Beatles were hugely influenced by Motown and recorded cover versions of four Motown tracks.
  3. Motown was the first record label to run its own ‘charm school’ for artists who were taught how to perform.
  4. In 1966 Berry Gordy refused to sign the Jackson Five because he didn’t want to work with any more children. It was Gladys Knight who persuaded him to change his mind a year later.
  5. Dream Girls was believed to have been based on the story of Diana Ross and The Supremes. In the film, the beautiful Deena Jones (Beyoncé) is made the lead singer of an all-girl trio, despite having a weaker voice than Effie White (Jennifer Hudson). Rumor had it that The Supremes’ Florence Ballard, was asked to take a back seat in favor of the more photogenic Diana Ross.
  6. The biggest-selling Motown singles in the UK were Stevie Wonder’s I Just Called To Say I Love You and Hello by Lionel Richie.
  7. The Funk Brothers – the unsung heroes of the Motown success story – performed on more number one hits than the Beatles, Elvis, the Rolling Stones and the Beach Boys combined.
  8. Motown is the only record label to get into the Collins English dictionary.
  9. When Motown’s songwriting team of Brian Holland, Lamont Dozier and Eddie Holland left the label in 1967 in a dispute over money, it led to a six-year legal battle. An out-of-court settlement was reached.
  10. Meatloaf was once signed to the label. He performed with Shaun Murphy under the name of Stoney and Meatloaf.


CGMC Performs Motown in Our Town, presented by PNC Arts Alive, this weekend at the historic Lincoln Theater:

    • Friday, 8 pm
    • Saturday, 8pm
    • Sunday, 2pm (features a panel discussion after the show)

Get tickets by

  • Calling the CAPA Box Office at 614-469-0939, or
  • Coming to the Lincoln Theater Ticket Office two hours before any performance.

Motown Playbill

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