An Evening with Berry Gordy

Last fall PBS initiated the “PBS Arts Festival” on Friday nights.  Every Friday evening viewers have a chance to view great arts programming from all over the country, and right here in Columbus.  WOSU TV has had the privilege to showcase some of the best from the Columbus arts community.

This Friday viewers are in for a treat when Gwen Ifill interviews entrepreneur, songwriter, record producer, movie director and producer Berry Gordy. As most folks know, Gordy began in Detroit where he founded Motown Records in 1959 and grew the company into the most successful African American-owned enterprise in the United States. In 1960, Motown records released  “Shop Around” recorded by The Miracles with Smokey Robinson on lead vocals. That was all it took for the flood gates to open and the history of popular music was changed forever. Motown quickly turned out successive hits by signing and grooming recording artists such as Diana Ross and the Supremes, The Temptations, The Four Tops, Stevie Wonder, Gladys Knight and the Pips, Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell.   In this new program you’ll hear performances by Valerie Simpson, R & B musician KEM and  Gordy’s son, Stefan Gordy aka Redfoo.  It’ll be a great evening filled with great music and memories.

“An Evening with Berry Gordy” airs Friday, February 15 at 10:00pm on WOSU TV with an encore presentation Saturday, February 16 at 2:00am.