Berry Gordy Jr.
W. C. Handy is often referred to as the Father of the Blues.
He deliberately promoted African American artists with special attention to their image.
Harmonica and guitar
The assembly-line concept used in the automobile industry was borrowed to produce the hit records at Motown.
Mahalia Jackson recorded the song 'Move On Up a Little Higher.'
Earl van Dyke was a pianist who played a variety of different keyboards. He played a Steinway grand piano, organ, electric piano and even managed to hammer out tunes on a toy piano.
Rural (country) and urban
Thomas A. Dorsey is known as the Father of Gospel.
Motown songwriters were successful because they had the ability to write songs for African-American artists that appealed to both African-Americans and white audiences.
Gospel and R&B apex
The Funk Brothers were session musicians who provided the backing to most Motown recordings. Some of the musicians were Jack Ashford, Robert White, and Eddie Willis.
The songs were connected to life and daily functions.
Clarence Pinetop Smithit