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In the late fifties Berry Gordy Jr. & Raynoma Liles (later his second wife) formed the Rayber Music Writing Company where they would help write and arrange songs to be made ready for artists to record. He was also co-writing songs for Jackie Wilson.

In 1958 he formed the Tamla Label where they released “Money (That’s What I Want)” by Barrett Strong which he had written with Janie Bradford. The following year he secured a loan from his family and bought a house on West Grand Boulevard known as Hitsville U.S.A. He signed the Miracles (who were previously known as the Matadors), he opened the Jobete publishing company and formed the Motown Empire.

Over the years Motown signed legends like:-


Motown had a formidable writing and production crew which included the renowned song writing trio :-   
Brian Holland  · Lamont Dozier  · Eddie Holland.

Norman Whitfield, William Smokey Robinson who became the vice president of the company and Berry Gordy himself would produce for the Motown artists.

The Supremes were the most prolific selling artists for Motown and they had several number one hits which included  - I Hear A Symphony  - Baby love – Come See About Me – Where Did Our Love Go.  In 1966 they were the first female group to reach number one in the Billboard Magazine  pop album charts with  “A’ Go-Go”.

The Temptations

Hitsville USA


In Memphis Jim Stewart and Estelle Axton had set up Satellite Records.

By taking the first two letters from their Surnames Stewart and Axton

they later formed Stax records. They launched the careers of soul legends

such as:-  Sam & Dave – Eddie Floyd – Booker T and the MG’s (Memphis Group) - Carla Thomas  -   Isaac Hayes - Arthur Conley - The Staple Singers - The Mar- Keys  and the incomparable Otis Redding.

Burt Bacharach and Hal David met at the New York Brill Building and over the years they wrote numerous songs which charted in the sixties.

Among the hits of the sixties which they wrote were :-

· The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance  -  Gene Pitney

· Twenty Four Hours From Tulsa  -  Gene Pitney

· Wives and Lovers  -  Jack Jones

· Anyone who had A Heart  -  Cilla Black

· Alfie  -  Cilla Black

· Make It Easy On Yourself   -  The Walker Brothers

· Always Something There To Remind Me  -  Sandie Shaw

· This Guy’s In Love With You  -  Herb Alpert

· What’s New Pussycat  -  Tom Jones

· Don’t Make Me Over  -  Swinging Blue Jeans

· I Just Don’t Know What To Do With Myself  -  Dusty Springfield

· Do You Know The Way To San Jose? - Dionne Warwick

· You’ll Never Get To Heaven  -  Dionne Warwick

These were just a few of the songs they wrote. Their contribution to sixties music was immense.

 Essential Artists


60’s Compilations

Instrumental Groups


Herb Alpert

The  Animals

The Beach Boys

The Beatles

The Bee Gees

Cilla Black

Chuck Berry


Blood Sweat Tears

Booker T & Mgs

Buffalo Springfield


Bob Dylan


Tom Jones

The Kinks

Cliff Richard

The Rolling Stones



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