Southfield (CW50) – Since 1959, Motown music has graced the airwaves across America, whether it be the classic Motown songs or the continued influence that Motown has had in the music we hear today.

Exterior of Hitsville USA at the Motown Museum

In 1985, Esther Gordy Edwards, former Motown Records executive and sister to Motown founder, Berry Gordy, founded the Motown Museum. Home to the iconic Hitsville U.S.A., Studio A, and an extensive array of Motown artifacts, photographs, apparel and memorabilia. 

Community Connect host Jackie Paige, with Paul Barker, Director of Development and Community Activation at Motown Museum

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Paul Barker, Director of Development and Community Activation for Motown Museum, joins Jackie Paige on Community Connect to talk about the history of Motown, its impact on music today, and the museum’s role in carrying on the legacy.

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Barker goes through the history of Motown music since its founding and discusses how the Motown Sound has never really left, as modern songs sample classic Motown songs and even artists today have put out music that sounds as close to the Motown sound as you can get.

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