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Motown was and is a record label started by Barry Gardy Jr. sometime in the swinging fiftes. The label was originally based out of Detroit, Michigan. It was a black record label, in fact, there was a sign on Motown's front doors in it's early years reading "Fuck off white man", until Motown allowed whites in sometime in 1967. The label was very sucessful and had a large roster of black artists such as The Marvelettes, Smokey Robinson & The Miracles, Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder, Martha & The Vandellas, The Contours, The Temptations, Mary Wells, The Four Tops, Diana Ross & The Supremes, Gladys Knight & The Pips, Jr. Walker & The Allstars and trillions of others.

Motown branched out with the setting up of various other labels such as Tamla, Gordy, Soul, Rare Earth, V.I.P., Workshop Jazz, Miracle, Mel O Dy, and billions of others.