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  • Closed for tours through January 31, 2023
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  • Beginning December 2, visit our MUSEUM STORE inside HITSVILLE NEXT located next door to the Museum
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  • We look forward to welcoming you back in February 2023!

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Motown Museum is the beating heart of the extraordinary Motown legacy—a destination that brings together people and ideas from different generations, and celebrates the past while simultaneously building a bridge to the future.

About Motown Museum

To ensure our vast collection maintains public visibility, and to keep things fresh for our guests, Motown Museum changes its main gallery exhibit 1-2 times per year. Here is what’s currently showing at our museum.

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Motown Museum transports you into an era of musical magic. From the moment you step on the plaza, you’ll be immersed in the Motown sound and will experience a profound sense of history.

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Hitsville NEXT Programs

Our uniquely curated community programs emphasize education, entrepreneurship and equity—with experiences, mentoring and exposure that nurtures and elevates tomorrow’s history makers. Museum programs cultivate creativity and entrepreneurship in budding talent, allowing great art, big ideas and innovation to flourish.

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Amplify: The Sound of Detroit


Ages 16+ | September - December

An open to the public, family-oriented event, AMPLIFY seeks to build on the rich legacy of Motown, celebrate the unique voices of Detroit....

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Ignite Summer Camp
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Ignite Summer Camp


9 - 12 Grade | July 26 - August 5

Ignite offers a day program for high school aged singers that will take them on a journey of artistic visioning through collaborative performance opportunities, group lessons and workshops catered to the foundation of artist development....

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Spark Summer Camp
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Spark Summer Camp


6 – 8 Grade | August 9 - 19

Motown SPARK is a day camp that provides a safe space for middle school aged participants to explore career opportunities available in the music industry and find their artistic talent....

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Events

From memorable galas and concert performances, to community celebrations and educational programs, we host a range of special events throughout the year.

Hitsville NEXT Events

AMPLIFY the Sound of Detroit


March 2022

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Motown MIC: The Spoken Word Competition


August 2022

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Motown Legacy

As an irresistible force of social and cultural change, the legendary Motown portfolio made its mark not just on the music industry, but society at large, with a signature Motown Sound that has become one of the most significant musical accomplishments and stunning success stories of the 20th century.

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Like many other African Americans in the early 20th century, Berry Gordy, Sr. and his wife, Bertha Fuller Gordy, came North from Georgia to find a better life for themselves and their family.

Gordy Family

Motown is an extended family of some of the most iconic and influential artists, musicians and songwriters of our time. Brought together by destiny through their love for making music, they found themselves making history.

Motown Artists

The culmination of years of planning, hard work and generous contributions from dedicated donors, the highly anticipated, $50 million Motown Museum expansion project will grow the museum campus to a 50,000-square-foot world-class entertainment and education tourist destination.

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Museum Hours

  • Closed for tours through January 31, 2023
  • • • • • • • •
  • Beginning December 2, visit our MUSEUM STORE inside HITSVILLE NEXT located next door to the Museum
  • Wed - Sun: 10am - 6pm
  • • • • • • • •
  • We look forward to welcoming you back in February 2023!
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Closed for tours from November 28, 2022 through January 31, 2023.

Bobby Taylor And The Vancouvers

Signed in 1965

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Bobby Taylor

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Tommy Chong

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Wes Henderson

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Eddie Patterson

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Robbie King

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Ted Lewis aka Duris Maxwell

International doo-wop band Bobby Taylor and the Vancouvers used their diverse backgrounds to create smooth, upbeat music. While the members all hail from Canada, the group formed in San Francisco, California under the name ‘Little Daddy and the Bachelors’ and later ‘Calgary Shades’ before deciding on Bobby Taylor and the Vancouvers. The band consisted of Bobby Taylor on vocals, Tommy Chong and Eddie Patterson on guitar, Wes Henderson on bass, Robbie King on organ, and Ted Lewis (also known as Duris Maxwell) on drums. In 1965, The Supremes’ Mary Wilson and Florence Ballard discovered the group performing a set of Motown covers and alerted Berry Gordy. He arranged for an audition and signed them to Motown.

Bobby Taylor and the Vancouver’s first release came in 1968 with “Does Your Mama Know About Me,” a song about interracial dating, which charted at #5 in US R&B charts and #44 on Canadian pop charts. Their breakout hit was followed by “I Am Your Man,” which broke the top 100 of US pop charts and peaked at #40 in US R&B.  “Malinda” was also released that year and reached #48 in the US pop charts and #16 on US R&B. The group took off and began to tour their new album Bobby Taylor And The Vancouvers (1968) across the country, making a stop at the Regal Theatre in Chicago, Illinois. For their opening act, they recruited a young group called The Jackson 5. Impressed by the group’s immense talent, Bobby Taylor personally arranged for them to audition for producer Suzanne de Passe who encouraged Berry Gordy to sign them.

Despite Bobby Taylor and the Vancouvers growing in popularity, by the end of the 1960s the group would break up to pursue other projects. While Bobby Taylor stayed on at Motown as a soloist and producer for the Jackson 5, the other members left Motown in pursuit of other opportunities. Tommy Chong later gained fame as half of the iconic comedic duo Cheech and Chong. During Bobby Taylor & the Vancouvers’ short time at Motown, they made music that enticed crowds and embodied the doo-wop sound they loved so much.

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Malinda (Live At Fox Theatre, Detroit, MI/1969)[AUDIO]

Bobby Taylor & the Vancouvers “Does Your Mama Know About Me” My Extended Version!

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Despite rumors, the famous guitarist Jimi Hendrix was not a part of the group. According to Tommy Chong, the group knew Jimi Hendrix and played with him on occasion, but he was never an official member.


Bibliography

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Hawthorn, T., 2017. Vancouver-based singer Bobby Taylor brought the Jackson 5 to Motown. [online] The Globe and Mail. Available at: <https://www.theglobeandmail.com/arts/music/vancouver-based-singer-bobby-taylor-brought-the-jackson-5-to-motown/article36033820/> [Accessed 19 July 2022].

Kayce, A., 2007. HARP Magazine. [online] Web.archive.org. Available at: <https://web.archive.org/web/20090425165739/http:/www.harpmagazine.com/articles/detail.cfm?article_id=6162> [Accessed 19 July 2022].

Knopper, S., 2017. Bobby Taylor, Motown Singer Who Discovered Jackson 5, Dead at 83. [online] Rolling Stone. Available at: <https://www.rollingstone.com/music/music-news/bobby-taylor-motown-singer-who-discovered-jackson-5-dead-at-83-202100/> [Accessed 19 July 2022].

BobTaylor, T., 2017. Tommy Chong Remembers Former Bandmate and Motown Singer Bobby Taylor. [online] CelebStoner.com. Available at: <https://www.celebstoner.com/blogs/tommy-chong/2017/07/24/tommy-chong-remembers-bobby-taylor/> [Accessed 19 July 2022].

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McCollum, B., 2018. Behind the scenes: When Motown met Michael Jackson and the Jackson 5. [online] Freep.com. Available at: <https://www.freep.com/story/entertainment/music/2018/03/31/michael-jackson-jackson-5-motown-audition-detroit-behind-scenes/475222002/> [Accessed 19 July 2022].

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