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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!

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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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Tammi Terrell

Signed in 1965

Tammi Terrell knew early in her life she wanted to make music. She began singing in churches and school talent shows. As a young teenager, in 1960, she launched her professional singing career after signing to Scepter Records. Tammi quickly went to work, releasing her first single “If You See Bill” in that same year. She also sang demos for the Shirelles, an already-established girl group on the label. At eighteen, she met James Brown and signed to his label Try Me in 1963. Under his label, she released her second single “I Cried.” Together they toured the country, but eventually she left his label to explore other options. Following a performance at Detroit’s 20 Grand Club, she was noticed by Berry Gordy. He asked Tammi to sign with Motown, which she did on April 29th, 1965. Berry Gordy then introduced her to Marvin Gaye and suggested they sing as a pair.  

Together, Marvin and Tammi released three albums, the first one being United in 1967, which peaked at #7 on the US R&B charts. Their next two albums You’re All I Need (1968) and Easy (1969) were equally successful. From those albums came the timeless classics “You’re All I Need To Get By” and “Your Precious Love.” “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” earned Tammi Terrell and Marvin Gaye their first Grammy nomination in 1967. That same year, they toured across the US, where their fame continued to grow. Throughout the tour, Tammi complained of headaches and migraines—something she experienced most of her life—yet insisted she was fine to perform. During a show in Virginia, however, she collapsed onstage into Marvin Gaye’s arms. Despite his concerns, she continued to perform. After collapsing again in Chicago, she returned home to Philadelphia, where she was diagnosed with brain cancer.  

Facing a grim diagnosis, Tammi remained optimistic. She continued to record music and perform when she had the strength between surgeries. In 1969, she even released a solo album Irresistible, which was comprised of songs she had recorded between 1965 and 1968. Sadly, on March 16th, 1970, following her eighth surgery, Tammi fell into a coma and passed away. Her death sent shockwaves through Motown, especially affecting Marvin Gaye. After her funeral, he would take a hiatus until June 1970. His grief became one of his motivations for the iconic album What’s Going On (1971).  

Tammi Terrell’s career, however short, was bright. Her impact went far beyond what she could have conceived, and, in 1999, “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame.  

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Tammi Terrell and Marvin Gaye performing “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough”

Motown Note

Born Thomasina Montgomery, Tammi Terrell performed under two other stage names before joining Motown: Tommie Montgomery and Tammi Montgomery. It was Berry Gordy who suggested Tammi Terrell because the name flowed well. 


 

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