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Sunset Blvd. & Argyle Ave. in Hollywood to be Renamed ‘Berry Gordy Square’ to Honor Motown Founder

Berry Gordy
Berry Gordy

HOLLYWOOD –  Los Angeles City Councilmember Mitch O’Farrell, members of the Motown family, and other special guests will dedicate the intersection of Sunset Boulevard and Argyle Avenue at ‘Berry Gordy Square’ to pay tribute to the iconic music entrepreneur, songwriter and producer who is the founder of Motown Records.

A special ceremony and sign unveiling will take place on Monday, November 25, 11:30 a.m., at the northwest corner of Sunset Boulevard and Argyle Avenue in Hollywood. There will be a brief speaking program followed by the ceremonial reveal of the official City sign. 

Los Angeles was the birthplace of Gordy’s vision to expand into television and film, and this location has historical significance: the former Los Angeles home of Motown was located at this intersection following its move from Detroit. The “Motown Sound” reached out across a racially divided and socially charged country to transform popular music.

The music legend helped to launch the careers of superstar artists Smokey Robinson & the Miracles, Diana Ross & the Supremes, Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, The Temptations, Martha Reeves & the Vandellas, The Four Tops, Gladys Knight & the Pips, The Jackson 5, Michael Jackson and many other greats. Gordy was also instrumental in writing hit songs such as “Do You Love Me” by the Contours, “I Want You Back” and “ABC”, both by The Jackson 5.

“This official City of Los Angeles dedication is a fitting tribute to a man who made such lasting impressions on the music industry,” said Councilmember O’Farrell. “Berry Gordy is a hit-making songwriter, record producer, and visionary whose legacy will be forever memorialized and remembered amongst the stars of Hollywood!”

Entertainment legends such as comedian Bob Hope, singer Ray Charles, and former Los Angeles Mayor Tom Bradley are just a few Angelenos who have been honored with a square in Hollywood.

Karla Gordy Bristol the niece of the legendary Berry Gordy founder of Motown and community activist
Najee Ali say mission accomplished they have successfully spearheaded an effort to have Gordy immortalized in Hollywood with a street intersection named in his honor by Los AngelesCouncilman Mitch O’Farrell.

WHO
Councilmember Mitch O’Farrell, 13th District
Mr. Berry Gordy, Honoree
Members of the Motown family

WHEN
Monday, November 25, 2019
11:30am

WHERE
Northwest corner of Sunset Blvd and Argyle Ave
(Former site of Motown Records)
Hollywood, CA 90028

 

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1 COMMENT

  1. It was a great turn out…a Motown reunion. Here’s a list of some of the attendees (titles not included) for the record and for your own archives. I regret I did not get all the names; you may add names of those attendees (not on the program) who were not included. Thanks!
    Thelma Houston, Debbie Allen, Suzanne DePasse, Clarence Avant, Mickey Stevenson, Cornelius Grant, Marvin Marshall, Brenda Holloway, Danny Bakewell Sr., Herb Wesson, Leon Isaac Kennedy, Glodean White, Scherrie Payne, Greg Mathis, Debbie “Mama D” McCre, Shelly Berger, Judy Pace, Claudette Robinson, Susaye Greene, Janie Bradford, Iris Gordy, Robert Gordy Sr., Sonny Porter, Robert Gordy Jr., Rodney Gordy, Lee Bailey, Kerry Gordy, Terry Gordy, Marqueece Harris-Dawson, Rhonda Ross Kendrick, Dylan Gorman…

    This is like an online yearbook, so please add other names who were in attendance. Also, if you weren’t there, you may want to congratulate Mr. Gordy and wish him Happy Birthday 11/28!!

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