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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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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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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.

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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.

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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.

The Originals

Signed in 1965

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Hank Dixon

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Freddie Gorman

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Walter Gaines

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Ty Hunter

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C.P. Spencer

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Joe Stubbs

The Originals, comprised of Hank Dixon, Freddie Gorman, Walter Gaines, C.P. Spencer, and (briefly) Joe Stubbs, united in 1965 as backup singers for Motown Records. They debuted on Jimmy Ruffin’s “What Becomes Of The Broken Hearted” in 1966 and continued to sing backup for him and eventually other artists like David Ruffin, Stevie Wonder, and Marvin Gaye. However, their extensive work as backup singers was not credited. It was Marvin Gaye who took a special interest in the group, producing their first single, an upbeat soul cover of folk and blues singer Lead Belly’s “Good Night Irene” (1967), which would be a moderate success. 

While continuing to sing background vocals, the group began to work on their original music on the side. With Marvin Gaye as their producer, in 1969 their next single “Baby I’m For Real” broke into the charts; finally, the Originals saw the beginnings of the success they each worked hard for, for half a decade. The single reached #1 on US R&B and #14 on the US Pop charts. Leading up to their debut album, they continued to release singles including “Green Grow The Lilacs” (1969) and “We’ve Got A Way Out Of Love” (1969). That same year, the album Green Grow The Lilacs (Later reissued as Baby I’m For Real) was released and peaked on the US R&B chart at #18. 

In 1970, C.P. Spencer left the group and was replaced with Ty Hunter. They continued to release music and albums at a fast pace. In 1970 they mimicked that same success with four singles breaking into the charts including “The Bells” (#12 US Pop, #4 US R&B), “We Can Make It Baby” (#74 US Pop, #20 US R&B), “I Like Your Style” (#20 US R&B), and “God Bless Whoever Sent You” (#53 US Pop, #14 US R&B). Under the mentorship of Marvin Gaye, the group continued this pace for several years.  

In 1976, the Originals would leave Motown. Despite a brief hiatus in 1981, the group continued to perform and tour with a new lineup. 

SpotifyDiscogs

The Originals – There’s A Chance When You’ll Love Will Lose (1973)

The Originals – Baby I’m For Real

 

Motown Note:

The Originals’ Freddie Gorman cowrote The Marvelette’s #1 song, “Please Mr Postman”


 

Bibliography

Rizik, C., n.d. The Originals. [online] SoulTracks – Soul Music Biographies, News and Reviews. Available at: (https://www.soultracks.com/the_originals.htm) 

Soullyoldies.com. 2004. The Originals Biography – Portrait of the Soulful Clock-Stoppers. [online] Available at: (http://www.soullyoldies.com/originals-biography.html)

AllMusic. n.d. The Originals Biography, Songs, & Albums | AllMusic. [online] Available at: (https://www.allmusic.com/artist/the-originals-mn0000890724/biography)

Soulwalking.co.uk. n.d. The Originals Page. [online] Available at: (http://www.soulwalking.co.uk/Originals.html) 

 


 

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