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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.

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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 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 Spinners

Signed in 1964

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Pervis Jackson

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Billy Henderson

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Henry Fambrough

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Edgar “Chico” Edwards

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G.C. Cameron

From Ferndale, Michigan, the Spinners spun their way to success as an iconic soul group. Forming in 1954 under the name Domingos, they quickly attracted the attention of producer Harvey Fuqua who signed the group to his Chicago-based label Tri-Phi Records and changed the group’s name to the Spinners. Consisting originally of Pervis Jackson, Billy Henderson, George Dixon, Henry Fambrough, and Bobby Smith, the group remained with Tri-Phi until Fuqua sold it to Motown in 1963. With Fuqua on staff as a producer, Edgar “Chico” Edwards replaced George Dixon, and Berry Gordy offered the Spinners a new contract in 1964. The group made their official Motown debut at the legendary Apollo Theater the same year to great acclaim. Despite that, the group struggled to attract a fan base. Their debut album The Original Spinners (1967) did not make a dent into the charts. 

Without hits on the charts, the group’s members took other jobs at Motown to supplement their income, including road managers, chauffeurs, chaperones, and salesclerks. In 1970, the group saw another change in the lineup with Edgar “Chico” Edwards leaving and being replaced by G.C. Cameron. Their luck changed when Stevie Wonder wrote “It’s A Shame” for the group in 1970. It was an overnight success. Reaching #3 on the US Pop charts, #1 on US R&B, and even breaking into the UK Pop charts at #20, the hit prompted Motown to record and release their album 2nd Time Around (1970). 

With Stevie Wonder’s support, the group’s growth seemed exponential, which drew the attention of Detroit legend Aretha Franklin. Aware that their Motown contract was ending, she suggested they instead sign with Atlantic Records. Despite being in the middle of production on their next album produced by Stevie Wonder, the group departed Motown for Atlantic Records in 1973. Only G.C. Cameron remained to launch his solo career. At Atlantic, the group grew in popularity with numerous hit songs including: “The Rubberband Man”, “I’ll Be Around”, and “Could It Be I’m Falling In Love.” They eventually appeared on Soul Train and performed at the Grammys, among other accomplishments.  

The Spinners went on to receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1976, were inducted into the Michigan Rock and Roll Legends Hall of Fame in 2011 and were nominated to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2015. 

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In 2018 they found a surge in popularity when their 1976 song “The Rubberband Man” was featured in the Marvel blockbuster Avengers: Infinity War.


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Anderson, T., n.d. ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ Helps The Spinners’ ‘Rubberband Man’ Return to Charts. [online] Billboard.com. Available at: (https://www.billboard.com/pro/avengers-infinity-war-spinners-rubberband-man-returns-charts/).

Soulwalking.co.uk. n.d. Detroit Spinners Page. [online] Available at: (http://www.soulwalking.co.uk/Detroit%20Spinners.html).

Erlewine, S., n.d. The Spinners Biography by Stephen Thomas Erlewine. [online] AllMusic. Available at: (https://www.allmusic.com/artist/the-spinners-mn0000578141/biography).

Johnson, G., 2017. SPINNERS – Michigan Rock and Roll Legends. [online] Michiganrockandrolllegends.com. Available at: (https://michiganrockandrolllegends.com/index.php/mrrl-hall-of-fame/376-spinners).

Leopold, T., 2003. Motown’s mistake, soul music’s legends. [online] Cnn.com. Available at: .

Internet Archive. n.d. The book of golden discs : Murrells, Joseph : Free Download, Borrow, and Streaming : Internet Archive. [online] Available at: (https://archive.org/details/bookofgoldendisc00murr/page/310/mode/2up?view=theater).

Hollywood Walk of Fame. n.d. The Spinners – Hollywood Walk of Fame. [online] Available at: (https://walkoffame.com/the-spinners/).

Classic Motown. n.d. The Spinners | Classic Motown. [online] Available at: (https://classic.motown.com/artist/the-spinners/).


 

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