Today is a day steeped in musical significance. On Jan. 12, 1959, Motown was born.
On that auspicious day 59 years ago, songwriter Berry Gordy took an $800 loan from his family’s savings and added it to some modest royalties he had earned from writing for Jackie Wilson and decided to start a record company. With encouragement from Smokey Robinson, Gordy started a label called Tamla Records, which would later become Motown Record Corporation in 1960.
And the rest—as they say, is history.