Motown Turns 50 – See Great Photo Gallery

The Marvelettes, Motown Girl Group

The Marvelettes, Motown Girl Group. Photograph: Michael Ochs Archives/Getty

Originally Detroit based Motown music label celebrates its 50th birthday.  guardian.co.uk published a wonderful photo gallery of the legendary music enterprise, that launched classic girl groups like The Marvelettes, The Supremes and The Miracles and started the careers of stars like Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye and Michael Jackson. Motown was also home to the great songwriter Norman Whitfield and the classic song writing team Brian Holland, his brother Edward Holland and Lamont Dozier.

50 Years Of Motown: Vintage Publicity Shots

In 2009 the record label Motown is going to celebrate its 50th anniversary. The anniversary website Motown50 is already online. It contains some very nice vintage publicity shots that you can view below. Just click on the small pictures. And there’s another site where you can vote for your favorite Motown song.

The anniversary is overshadowed by the death of songwriter and producer Norman Whitfield who died on September 16th. Whitfield worked for Motown from 1961 until 1973. He co-wrote songs like I Heard It Through the Grapevine, Cloud Nine, and Papa Was a Rollin’ Stone. His production credits include among others Gladys Knight, Marvin Gaye and the Temptations.

More about Norman Whitfield: Norman Whitfield, 1941-2008