Berry Gordy Biography
Berry Gordy an American record executive and producer also a songwriter, TV producer, film producer, and entrepreneur. Likewise, he is the founder of the Motown Record Corporation in 1959, the most successful black-owned music company in the U.S.
Berry Gordy Age
Gordy was born on 28 November 1929, Detroit, Michigan, United States.
Berry Gordy Motown Record Label
Gordy is a well known recognized record executive and producer. He is also a songwriter, TV producer, film producer, and entrepreneur. Likewise, he is the founder of the Motown Record Corporation in 1959).
It is known that Berry’s record label was the most successful black-owned music company in the U.S., On the other hand, it the highest-earning African-American business. Citing its work, he produced a string of hit records by artists such as Stevie Wonder, Diana Ross, and Marvin Gaye.
He started his career as a featherweight boxer. However, he was drafted into the U.S. Army after 17 bouts in 1951. Afterward, he worked a series of odd jobs out of the military and started writing songs in his spare time.
During this time, Berry opened his own record store in Detroit since had modest success as a songwriter. Unfortunately, he soon went bankrupt and began his own record label on borrowed funds in 1959.
He ventured into movies that starred Diana Ross: Lady Sings the Blues and Mahogany. Later, he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame afterward released an autobiography To Be Loved.
Citing his record label Motown, Berry developed the majority of the great rhythm-and-blues (R&B) performers. Moreover, he was said to have masterminded the popular “Motown sound,” a ballad-based blend of traditional black harmony and gospel music with the lively beat of R&B.
Berry Gordy Songs
- All I Want
- You’ve Made Me So Very Happy
- I’m Livin’ in Shame
- My Daddy Knows Best
- Try It Baby
- Get It Together
- Sugar Daddy
- (We’ve Got a) Good Thing Going
- Maybe Tomorrow
- Mama’s Pearl
- Give Love on Christmas Day
- I’ll Be There
- The Love You Save
- One More Chance
- I Want You Back
Berry Gordy Net Worth
Gordy has an estimated Net Worth of $450 Million.
Berry Gordy Height
Gordy stands tall at an approximate height of 5 feet 9 inches (1.76 meters).
Berry Gordy Weight
Gordy ha a body weight of 176 lbs (80 kg).
Berry Gordy Family
Gordy was born to Berry Gordy Sr. and Bertha Fuller Gordy. His father was a plastering contractor while his mother was an insurance agent. They both died in the years 1978 and 1975 respectively.
His father was born to a white plantation owner, James Gordy, in Georgia and his female slave. His half-brother, James, was the grandfather of President Jimmy Carter. Further information regarding his family in detail is currently under review and will be updated soon.
Berry Gordy Siblings
Gordy was raised up along with his seven siblings, three brothers, and four sisters. They are; Fuller Berry, Esther, Anna Ruby, Loucye, George Weldon, Gwen, and Robert Louis Gordy. He is the seventh child out of eight.
Berry Gordy Wives
Berry has married and divorced three times, and from this has eight children. He first married Thelma Coleman with whom he had three children. They are Hazel Joy, Berry IV, and Terry James. However, they later divorced due to irreconcilable differences in 1959.
He tied the knot to his second wife Raynoma Mayberry Liles. As a result of their marriage, the pair had one child; Kerry Gordy who was born on June 25, 1959. It is known that he had another daughter, Sherry, with Jeana Jackson on May 23, 1960.
His son, Kennedy William was born on March 15, 1964, by his then-mistress, Margaret Norton. Likewise, he had an intimate relationship with Diana Ross with whom he had a daughter Rhonda Suzanne.
He as well had a relationship with Nancy Leiviska, resulting in the birth of Stefan Kendal. Most noteworthy, he is a DJ, rapper, singer, songwriter, dancer, and record producer known as Redfoo. He is one member of the duo LMFAO with his nephew Skyler Gordy (stage name: Sky Blu).
Berry Gordy Children
Gordy is a father of eight children. They are; Hazel Joy, Berry IV, Terry James, Kerry Gordy, Sherry, Kennedy William, Rhonda Suzanne, and Stefan Kendal. I Hazel Joy, Berry IV, and Terry James, were from his first marriage to Thelma Coleman.
Kerry Gordy was born to Berry’s second wife Raynoma Mayberry Liles. Afterward, he had a daughter, Sherry, with Jeana Jackson on May 23, 1960. Likewise, he welcomed Kennedy William along with his then-mistress, Margaret Norton.
He as well birthed his daughter Rhonda Suzanne with Diana Ross. From his union with Nancy Leiviska, resulting in the birth of Stefan Kendal. Most noteworthy, he is a DJ, rapper, singer, songwriter, dancer, and record producer known as Redfoo.
His son Stefan is one member of the duo LMFAO with his nephew Skyler Gordy (stage name: Sky Blu). Sky Blu is the son of Berry IV and Valerie Robeson, hence, he is the grandson of Gordy Jr. and Thelma Coleman.
Berry Gordy Dead
Gordy is still alive. He has also been a victim of hoaxes that spread majorly on deaths of celebrities. A post on Facebook alleged that he had passed on (on Saturday, November 13, 2018). Unfortunately, it gained quite an amount of likes and condolences comments.