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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.

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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 second you walk through the door, you’ll be greeted with the voices of Motown and a profound sense of history and significance.

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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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Ignite Summer Camp
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Ignite Summer Camp


10 - 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 – 9 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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Lyric Project
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Lyric Project


Ages 13-18 | July 12 - 22

During this 2-week entirely virtual online workshop, participants will be immersed in the basics of songwriting, music production, and how to communicate powerful emotion....

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Hitsville NEXT Events

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

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Motown MIC: The Spoken Word Competition


April 15, 2022 @ 7pm

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Legacy Podcast


All Episodes Are Now Available!

Streaming on all Podcast Platforms

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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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Jr. Walker and the All Stars

Signed in 1964

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Junior Walker

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James “Jimmy” Graves

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Victor Thomas

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Willie Woods

When Jr. Walker and the All Stars joined Motown, they did so in their signature style—boldly and confidently. The group consisted of Junior Walker on lead vocals and saxophone, Jimmy Graves on drums, Victor Thomas on keyboards, and Willie Woods on guitar. Originally signed to Anna Records, a label owned by Gwen Gordy and Harvey Fuqua, the group was slowly but surely gaining popularity. After the label was sold to Motown, and Fuqua became head of Artist Development, Berry Gordy called the group to ask if they would officially sign to the newly created Soul label in 1964. They joined Motown on the road, performing original songs and playing behind other Motown artists. One day, at a show in Battle Creek, Michigan, Junior Walker saw a group of teenagers doing an unfamiliar dance. When he asked what the dance was called, they told him, “the Shotgun!” Inspired, he gathered the All Stars to write what would become their most celebrated single, “Shotgun!” 

Jr. Walker and the All Stars hurried back to Detroit to record “Shotgun!” However, there was a problem. The singer they hired never showed. Berry Gordy decided Junior would sing the vocals (so as not to waste the session), promising to later have another singer dub over it. Walker was hesitant but, in his words, he went up to the mic and “hollered” the song. Impressed by his skills, Berry Gordy kept Walker’s vocals. That first bellow of “Shotgun!” became iconic, and the song rose to the top of the US R&B charts in 1965. They went back on the road and more people fell in love with the fast-paced soul and jazz sound of Jr. Walker and the All Stars. Following their success, they released their debut album SHOTGUN! in 1965 which would include other dance songs “Do the Boomerang” and “Shake and Finger Pop.”  

Their next big hit from the album would be “Road Runner.” Written by Holland-Dozier-Holland, it reached #4 on the US R&B charts and break the top 20 of the US Pop charts. The band would record and perform with Motown until 1979 when Junior Walker pursued a solo career. The band reunited in 1983 for the Motown 25 Special and re-sign with Motown that same year. They would continue to perform together until Junior Walker’s death in 1995. 

The fast-paced, dance-inspired group left its mark on Motown. “Shotgun!” was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 2002, and the band joined the Michigan Rock and Roll Legends Hall of Fame in 2007. 

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Jr. Walker and the All Stars performing Shotgun on Hullabaloo, 1966

Jr. Walker and the All Stars performing in London at the Ram Jam Club, 1967

Motown Note

“Road Runner” was inspired by the group’s constant touring on the road—they never stayed in one place long.


 

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