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Motown's 60th anniversary celebration comes home

By Gary Graff
ggraff@medianewsgroup.com, @GraffonMusic on Twitte

Posted: Friday, September 20, 2019

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It's been an eventful year for Motown since the company's 60th anniversary celebration was launched in January — including TV specials on CBS ("Motown 60: A Grammy Celebration") and Showtime ("Hitsville: The Making of Motown").

This weekend the party comes home.

The Motown Museum is hosting a set of events to celebrate the company's Diamond jubilee, bringing founder Berry Gordy Jr. and plenty of alumni back to bask in their iconic, generational triumph. "I think it was the talent, the acts, and everyone wanting to become successful," says Claudette Robinson of the Miracles, branded "the First Lady of Motown" because of her early involvement. "It was, first, Mr. Gordy's dream and then I believe the artists coming along help make his dream a reality, as well their own reality.

“Everyone worked hard for it, for the same goal. And we achieved it."

That job well done will be feted by the following events:

• Robinson will sign copies of her first children's book, "Claudette's Miraculous Motown Adventure," from 3:30-6:30 p.m. Friday at the Motown Museum, 2648 W. Grand Blvd., Detroit.

• Robinson signs again at 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 21, at the Detroit Historical Museum Society, 5401 Woodward Ave, Detroit. 313-833-7935 or detroithistorical.org.

• A Motown Gospel Concert at 6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 21, at in the Triumph Church at Detroit World Outreach, 23800 W. Chicago Road Redford, featuring performances by Kierra "Kiki" Sheard, Regina Belle, Tye Tribbet & G.A. and Tasha Page-Lockhart. Free tickets for the event have already been distributed.

• Gordy will be the focus of the inaugural Hitsville Honors at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 22, at Orchestra Hall, 3711 Woodward Ave., Detroit. The Temptations, Four Tops, Martha Reeves & the Vandellas, Velvelettes, Big Sean, Ne-Yo and Kem are slated to perform. Tickets are $50-$250. Call 313-576-5111 or visit dso.org.

• A Soul In One Celebrity Golf Classic takes place at 12:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 23 at Tam-O-Shanter Country Club in West Bloomfield Township.

For more details, 313-875-2264 or motownmuseum.org.

Web Site: www.motownmuseum.org

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