Motown Celebrates Its 60th Anniversary This Month. It Started With an $800 Loan.

Ann Delisi looks back on how Berry Gordy launched Motown Records with an $800 loan, a fierce passion for music and the right people around him.

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Click the audio player to hear Ann Delisi’s full feature on the 60th anniversary of Motown.

After 60 years, Motown Records is as influential as it was upon its inception. Essential Music host, Ann Delisi, takes us back to how it all started.

(Berry Gordy’s interview courtesy of Oprah’s Masterclass on the OWN Network)


  • Ann Delisi
    Ann Delisi hosts Essential Music, the Essential Conversations podcast series and the Essential Cooking broadcast and podcast. Born and raised in the Motor City, Ann is a broadcaster, interviewer, producer, music host, storyteller and proud Detroiter.