key executive Motown Records who helped his brother Berry is the companyBerry Gordy Jr.
When asked his parents and seven siblings of a loan of $ 800 with which to start his own label, her older sister was the last to reach an agreement . Esther Gordy Edwards, who died aged 91, had created a company that lent money to family members and was not convinced that Berry, who wrote several hit songs and tries to Boxing and pimping, but it did not last long in a good job, has the business acumen necessary, or, more importantly, be able to devote to work hard. Over time, the end of the meeting around the table at the family home Gordy in Detroit in 1959, Esther has consented reluctantly, and Motown Records was being born.
"Esther was more difficult than expected," said Berry. "But I knew then that if you make money, it would be that I came to see me." It has become a part key to Motown, care of business in the early days of the operation Talent Management International Inc., the operation of his brother in charge of controlling all aspects of the careers of its artists, including the Supremes, Marvin Gaye, Miracles, Four Tops, Temptations and Stevie Wonder.Berry
When Motown moved to Los Angeles in 1972, she was the one who stayed behind, maintaining an office in the two-storey house in the 2648 West Grand Boulevard, which had contained the studies initial, known as Hitsville USA. The arrival of a group of British sailors one day in 1981, seeking the source of the sounds he loved, he gave the idea of ??turning the house into a museum, and began the process by sticking photographs , posters and album art in the walls, and visitors are admitted Friday. The Motown Historical Museum, where he welcomed the upcoming tour groups from around the world, has become one of the most popular tourist attractions in Detroit.
Esther Gordy was born in Oconee, Georgia, the second son of Berry "Pops" Gordy II, the son of a sharecropper and grandson son of the owner of the plantation white and a black slave, and his wife, Bertha. Esther was two years old when the family joined the great transmigration of black people in the south, north of Detroit in the proceeds from the sale of wooden stumps on the farm malignant Gordy.
The Gordy were ambitious. In the words of Gerald Posner, author of a history of Motown ", their energies are channeled in trade, education and discipline." Esther was educated at Cass Technical High School, the alma mater of many musicians and singers from Detroit great, including Diana Ross, and state universities and Wayne Howard. After graduation, she and her brothers George Fuller and founded a successful printing company under the name of the family, and in 1951 married George Edwards, a local politician well connected. She had a son, Robert, from his first marriage, Robert Bullock.