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  • 1. June 4, 2012 How historically significant is a popular musician? In order to study the history of an era, do you need toknow what kind of music people listened to?
  • 2. Objective: Students will examine the issues around the establishment of Motown Records. They will examine documents related to Motown records, answer comprehension questions, and synthesize their knowledge by writing a short response
  • 3. Homework: Review for final Create Study guide Complete any missing work
  • 4. Vocabulary: Berry Gordy Songwriter Built Motown records Discovered Smokey Robinson and the Miracles, The Supremes, the Jackson 5, and the Commodores
  • 5. Vocabulary: Producer Like a film director, but for music Supervises the recording of the music
  • 6. Vocabulary: Crossover Something that has appeals to many groups Crossover means something appeals to two types of audiences Hip-hop and pop music Country and rock and roll
  • 7. Motown Nickname for Detroit – Motor City – Motor town – Motown Founded by Berry Gordy African American owned and operated
  • 8. Motown Hugely successful Popular performers discovered by Gordy and Motown:The Supremes, Marvin Gaye, The Temptations, Jimmy Ruffin, The Contours, The Four Tops
  • 9. Motown Hugely successful Popular performers discovered by Gordy and Motown: Gladys Knight & the Pips, The Commodores, The Velvelettes, Martha and the Vandellas, Stevie Wonder and The Jackson 5.
  • 10. The Four Tops
  • 11. The Jackson 5
  • 12. The Supremes
  • 13. Gladys Knight and the pips / Stevie Wonder
  • 14. Berry Gordy and the MoviesProduced Lady Sings the Blues and The WizDirected Mahogany
  • 15. Billy Dee Williams Career was started when Berry Gordy insisted that he play a lead role in “Lady Sings The Blues”
  • 16. Diana Ross Star with the Supremes Star on her own Star in the movies
  • 17. The Jackson 5 Discovered by Gordy Became so popular they had a cartoon show about them
  • 18. The importance of Motown Made African American music popular with all Americans Made African American musicians popular with all Americans This is crossover appeal
  • 19. Check for Understanding: Who was Berry Gordy? What is a producer? What does crossover mean?
  • 20. Independentpractice: Read summary Underline important points Answer questions
  • 21. Exit Ticket: Who was Berry Gordy? What is a producer? What does crossover mean?