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The Writer’s Almanac for November 28, 2016: Evening

Nov. 28, 2016: birthday: Berry Gordy Jr.

It’s the birthday of music producer Berry Gordy Jr., the founder of Motown Records, born in Detroit, Michigan (1929). He went to work on an assembly line, writing songs in his head to relieve the monotony. He borrowed $700 from his family to start a recording studio in 1959, and he got his first big hit in 1960 with the song “Shop Around” by Smokey Robinson and the Miracles.