Music has always been a part of Detroit’s history. Sure, we have are known for the auto industry here but music follows quite close in what makes Detroit so special. We have a very long standing history of music and musicians in this city that can all be credited to one man, a man who saw all the potential local Detroit artists had and what an impact they could make on the music world.
Hitsville USA is the record studio and starting place of all your favorite Motown artists. The who’s who of Motown got their start right here in Detroit. Everyone from The Miracles, Stevie Wonder, the Four Tops, the Supremes, Gladys Knight and the Pips, and the Jackson Five.
A trip through the Motown Museum, with a very knowledgeable tour guide, tells the story of Berry Gordy, an innovator of his time who with some help from his family (an $800 loan to be exact) bought a house on Grand River in Detroit and turned it into a recording studio. Studio A. In that one studio, the biggest names in Motown was groomed, trained, and sang and danced their hearts out. This new type of music took the world by storm with their feet stomping, get up and dance beats and rhythms. The Motown style of music was the best there was.
Berry Gordy believed in all aspects of the artist and the museum shows his passion for this artists. They worked 24/7 on their art, they had an etiquette coach, a dance and voice instructor, and a place to sleep when needed. Berry put Motown music and Detroit on the map.
My trip was amazing and so informational, it made me want to crank up the Motown music on my way home and relive the best days of Motown. A trip through the museum (and I don’t want to give too much away) is like a trip back in history. You get to visit the Gordy residence and learn all about Berry and his family. You get to stand with so many greats in Studio A where all the amazing music was created! The tour tells you so much history that it is a must for any music buff or Detroit native and visitor. It was such an amazing story! Just wait until you hear about the piano is Studio A or the really generous gift from Michael Jackson himself. I was in awe the entire tour. Check out the Motown Music website here for tour times, it is worth your time to get down there. You will not regret your experience.