Motown

Motown

Profile:
The legendary Motown label was founded on January 12, 1959 and incorporated as Motown Recording Corporation on April 14, 1960 by Berry Gordy, Jr., who merged his two successful imprints, Tamla (whose first release was Marv Johnson's "Come to Me" on January 21, 1959) and Motown (first release was the Miracles' "Bad Girl" on September 6, 1959). It was one of the most successful independent record companies in history. Its stable of hit-making artists such as The Miracles, The Supremes, The Temptations and many, many others, along with a talented staff of musicians and songwriters, collectively created the "Motown Sound," a world famous hybrid of soul, doo-wop, rhythm & blues and pop. Its motto was "The Sound of Young America."

Berry Gordy sold his ownership in Motown to Boston Ventures in June 1988 for $61 million, distributed by MCA Records Inc. In 1991 Motown's distribution moved to PolyGram and in 1994 PolyGram purchased the Motown company from Boston Ventures. Today, the label is a subsidiary of The Capitol Music Group, which in turn, is a division of The Universal Music Group.

Over the course of its history, the Motown Corporation has owned or distributed more than 45 labels in varying genres.

Label Code
LC 0881 or LC 00881
Sublabels
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Label


Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year 
1000 My Beloved / Sugar Daddy  album cover The Satintones My Beloved / Sugar Daddy (Single) 1000 US 1959 Sell This Version
G 1 Bad Girl / I Love Your Baby  album cover The Miracles Bad Girl / I Love Your Baby (Single) G 1 1959 Sell This Version
M-1009 Money (That's What I Want)  album cover Popcorn Wylie & The Mohawks* Money (That's What I Want) (Single) M-1009 US 1959 Sell This Version
1002 Custer's Last Man / Shimmy Gully  album cover Popcorn And The Mohawks Custer's Last Man / Shimmy Gully(7") Motown 1002 US 1960 Sell This Version
1003 Bye Bye Baby / Please Forgive Me  album cover Mary Wells Bye Bye Baby / Please Forgive Me 1003 US 1960 Sell This Version
M-1002 Custer's Last Man / Shimmy Gully  album cover Pop Corn & The Mohawks* Custer's Last Man / Shimmy Gully(7", Single, Promo) Motown M-1002 US 1960 Sell This Version
M-1003 Bye Bye Baby / Please Forgive Me  album cover Mary Wells Bye Bye Baby / Please Forgive Me M-1003 US 1960 Sell This Version
M-1004 Lover  album cover Sherri Taylor & Singin' Sammy Ward Sherri Taylor & Singin' Sammy Ward - Lover (Single) M-1004 US 1960 Sell This Version
1005 I've Got A Notion  album cover Henry Lumpkin I've Got A Notion (Single) 1005 US 1961 Sell This Version
1022 Xmas Twist / White House Twist  album cover Twistin' Kings Xmas Twist / White House Twist(7", Single, Mono) Motown 1022 US 1961 Sell This Version
1023 Congo Part 1 / Part 2  album cover Twistin' Kings Congo Part 1 / Part 2 1023 US 1961 Sell This Version
M-1001 You Never Miss A Good Thing / Gotta Have Your Lovin'  album cover Eugene Remus You Never Miss A Good Thing / Gotta Have Your Lovin' (Single) M-1001 US 1961 Sell This Version
M-1006 Tomorrow & Always  album cover Satintones* Tomorrow & Always (Single) M-1006 US 1961 Sell This Version
M-1006 Angel / A Love That Can Never Be  album cover Satintones* Angel / A Love That Can Never Be(7", Single) Motown M-1006 US 1961 Sell This Version
M-1007 Don't Let Him Shop Around / A New Girl  album cover Debbie Dean Don't Let Him Shop Around / A New Girl (Single) M-1007 US 1961 Sell This Version
M 1008 Whole Lotta Woman  album cover The Contours Whole Lotta Woman (Single) M 1008 US 1961 Sell This Version
M-1010 I Know How It Feels  album cover The Satintones I Know How It Feels (Single) M-1010 US 1961 Sell This Version
M-1011 I Don't Want To Take A Chance / I'm So Sorry  album cover Mary Wells I Don't Want To Take A Chance / I'm So Sorry M-1011 US 1961 Sell This Version
M1012 Funny / The Stretch  album cover The Contours Funny / The Stretch(7", Single) Motown M1012 US 1961 Sell This Version
M1014 Itsy Bitty Pity Love / But I'm Afraid  album cover Debbie Dean Itsy Bitty Pity Love / But I'm Afraid (Single) M1014 US 1961 Sell This Version
M-1015 I Am Bound / Precious Memories  album cover Golden Harmoneers I Am Bound / Precious Memories(7", Single) Motown M-1015 US 1961 Sell This Version
M-1016 Strange Love  album cover Mary Wells Strange Love (Single) M-1016 US 1961 Sell This Version
M 1019 Have I The Right / Real Good Lovin'  album cover Popcorn And The Mohawks Have I The Right / Real Good Lovin'(7") Motown M 1019 US 1961 Sell This Version
M1020 Zing Went The Strings Of My Heart / Faded Letter  album cover Satintones* Zing Went The Strings Of My Heart / Faded Letter(7", Single) Motown M1020 US 1961 Sell This Version
M1021 Jamie / Take A Chance On Me  album cover Eddie Holland* Jamie / Take A Chance On Me M1021 US 1961 Sell This Version
M1022 Xmas Twist  album cover Twistin' Kings Xmas Twist (Single) M1022 US 1961 Sell This Version
M 1023 Congo Part I / Congo Part II  album cover Twistin' - Kings* Congo Part I / Congo Part II(7") Motown M 1023 US 1961 Sell This Version
MLP-600 Bye Bye Baby - I Don't Want To Take A Chance  album cover Mary Wells Bye Bye Baby - I Don't Want To Take A Chance(LP, Album) Motown, Motown MLP-600 US 1961 Sell This Version
MLP 601 Twistin' The World Around  album cover The Twistin' Kings* Twistin' The World Around(LP, Album, Mono) Motown MLP 601 US 1961 Sell This Version
MOTOWN 1021 Jamie / Take A Chance On Me  album cover Eddie Holland* Jamie / Take A Chance On Me (Single) MOTOWN 1021 US 1961 Sell This Version
MT-1016 Strange Love  album cover Mary Wells Strange Love(7", Single) Motown MT-1016 US 1961 Sell This Version
603 Motown Special  album cover Various Motown Special(LP, Mono) Motown 603 US 1962 Sell This Version
605 The One Who Really Loves You  album cover Mary Wells The One Who Really Loves You(LP, Album, Mono) Motown 605 US 1962 Sell This Version
#1032 You Beat Me To The Punch / Old Love (Let's Try It Again)  album cover Mary Wells You Beat Me To The Punch / Old Love (Let's Try It Again) (Single) #1032 US 1962 Sell This Version
1033 The Chaperone / Camel Walk  album cover LaBrenda Ben & The Vandellas* LaBrenda Ben & The Vandellas* - The Chaperone / Camel Walk(7", Single, Promo) Motown 1033 US 1962 Sell This Version
M-10 The One Who Really Loves You / You Beat Me To The Punch  album cover Mary Wells The One Who Really Loves You / You Beat Me To The Punch(7") Motown M-10 US 1962 Sell This Version
M1013 What Is A Man / Don't Leave Me  album cover Henry Lumpkin What Is A Man / Don't Leave Me (Single) M1013 US 1962 Sell This Version
M 1024 The One Who Really Loves You / I'm Gonna Stay  album cover Mary Wells The One Who Really Loves You / I'm Gonna Stay (Single) M 1024 US 1962 Sell This Version
M 1025 Everybody's Talking About My Baby / I Cried All Night  album cover Debbie Dean Everybody's Talking About My Baby / I Cried All Night (Single) M 1025 US 1962 Sell This Version
M 1026 You Deserve What You Got / Last Night I Had A Vision  album cover Eddie Holland* You Deserve What You Got / Last Night I Had A Vision(7") Motown M 1026 US 1962 Sell This Version
M-1027 Your Heart Belongs To Me / (He's) Seventeen  album cover The Supremes Your Heart Belongs To Me / (He's) Seventeen (Single) M-1027 US 1962 Sell This Version
M 1028 Sleep (Little One) / Uptight  album cover Herman Griffin Sleep (Little One) / Uptight (Single) M 1028 US 1962 Sell This Version
M 1028 sleep (little one)  album cover Herman Griffin sleep (little one)(7", Single, Mono, Promo) Motown M 1028 US 1962 Sell This Version
M 1029 Mo Jo Hanna / Break Down And Sing  album cover Henry Lumpkin Vocal Accompaniment Love-Tones* Henry Lumpkin Vocal Accompaniment Love-Tones* - Mo Jo Hanna / Break Down And Sing (Single) M 1029 US 1962 Sell This Version
M-1030 If Cleopatra Took A Chance / What About Me  album cover Eddie Holland* If Cleopatra Took A Chance / What About Me (Single) M-1030 US 1962 Sell This Version
M-1031 If It's Love (It's Alright) / It's Not Too Late  album cover Eddie Holland* If It's Love (It's Alright) / It's Not Too Late (Single) M-1031 US 1962 Sell This Version
M-1032 You Beat Me To The Punch / Old Love (Let's Try It Again)  album cover Mary Wells You Beat Me To The Punch / Old Love (Let's Try It Again) (Single) M-1032 US 1962 Sell This Version
M 1034 Let Me Go The Right Way / Time Changes Things  album cover The Supremes Let Me Go The Right Way / Time Changes Things M 1034 US 1962 Sell This Version
M-1035 Two Lovers / Operator  album cover Mary Wells Two Lovers / Operator (Single) M-1035 US 1962 Sell This Version
M-1036 Darling I Hum Our Song  album cover Eddie Holland* Darling I Hum Our Song (Single) M-1036 US 1962 Sell This Version
MO-1032 You Beat Me To The Punch / Old Love (Let's Try It Again)  album cover Mary Wells You Beat Me To The Punch / Old Love (Let's Try It Again)(7", Single) Motown MO-1032 US 1962 Sell This Version
MO-1034 Let Me Go The Right Way / Time Changes Things  album cover The Supremes Let Me Go The Right Way / Time Changes Things (Single) MO-1034 US 1962 Sell This Version
MOTOWN 606 Meet The Supremes  album cover The Supremes Meet The Supremes (Album) MOTOWN 606 US 1962 Sell This Version
MOTOWN 1024 The One Who Really Loves You  album cover Mary Wells The One Who Really Loves You(7", Single) Motown MOTOWN 1024 US 1962 Sell This Version
MOTOWN 1027 Your Heart Belongs To Me  album cover The Supremes Your Heart Belongs To Me (Single) MOTOWN 1027 US 1962 Sell This Version
MOTOWN 1029 Break Down And Sing / Mo Jo Hanna  album cover Henry Lumpkin Vocal Acc: Love-Tones* Henry Lumpkin Vocal Acc: Love-Tones* - Break Down And Sing / Mo Jo Hanna(7", Single) Motown MOTOWN 1029 US 1962 Sell This Version
MOTOWN 1030 If Cleopatra Took A Chance / What About Me  album cover Eddie Holland* If Cleopatra Took A Chance / What About Me (Single) MOTOWN 1030 US 1962 Sell This Version
MOTOWN 1032 You Beat Me To The Punch / Old Love (Let's Try It Again)  album cover Mary Wells You Beat Me To The Punch / Old Love (Let's Try It Again) (Single) MOTOWN 1032 US 1962 Sell This Version
MT 604 Eddie Holland  album cover Eddie Holland* Eddie Holland(LP, Album, Mono) Motown MT 604 US 1962 Sell This Version
45-CBA 1853 Fingertips  album cover Little Stevie Wonder* Fingertips(7", Single) Oriole American 45-CBA 1853 UK 1963 Sell This Version
607 Two Lovers  album cover Mary Wells Two Lovers(LP, Album, Mono) Motown 607 US 1963 Sell This Version
608 The Return Of "The" Blues Boss  album cover Amos Milburn The Return Of "The" Blues Boss(LP, Album) Motown, Motown 608 US 1963 Sell This Version
609 The Motor-Town Revue Vol. 1 - Recorded Live At The Apollo  album cover Various The Motor-Town Revue Vol. 1 - Recorded Live At The Apollo (Comp) 609 US 1963 Sell This Version
609 Various The Motor-Town Revue Vol. 1 - Recorded Live At The Apollo(LP, Comp) Motown, Motown 609 US 1963 Sell This Version
611 Recorded Live On Stage  album cover Mary Wells Recorded Live On Stage (Album) 611 US 1963 Sell This Version
1043 Baby Shake  album cover Edward Holland, Jr. Baby Shake(7", Single, Mono, Promo, Var) Motown 1043 US 1963 Sell This Version
1044 A Breath Taking, First Sight Soul Shaking, One Night Love Making, Next Day Heart Breaking Guy  album cover The Supremes A Breath Taking, First Sight Soul Shaking, One Night Love Making, Next Day Heart Breaking Guy 1044 US 1963 Sell This Version
1050 Devil In His Heart  album cover Caroline Crawford Devil In His Heart(7", Single, Promo, Map) Motown 1050 US 1963 Sell This Version
GO 42.551 A Love She Can Count On / I Can Take A Hint  album cover The Miracles A Love She Can Count On / I Can Take A Hint(7") Motown GO 42.551 Netherlands 1963 Sell This Version
GO 42.552 Forever  album cover The Marvelettes Forever(7", Single) Motown GO 42.552 Netherlands 1963 Sell This Version
GO 42.553 Don't Let Her Be Your Baby  album cover The Contours Don't Let Her Be Your Baby(7", Single, Mono) MOTOWN GO 42.553 Netherlands 1963 Sell This Version
GO 42.554 Come And Get These Memories / Jealous Lover  album cover Martha & The Vandellas* Come And Get These Memories / Jealous Lover(7", Single) Motown GO 42.554 Netherlands 1963 Sell This Version
GO 42.555 Laughing Boy  album cover Mary Wells Laughing Boy(7", Single) Motown GO 42.555 Netherlands 1963 Sell This Version
GO 42.557 Fingertips  album cover Little Stevie Wonder* Fingertips (Single) GO 42.557 Netherlands 1963 Sell This Version
GO 42.558 Heat Wave   album cover Martha & The Vandellas* Heat Wave (7", Single) Motown GO 42.558 Netherlands 1963 Sell This Version
GO 42.559 You Get Ugly  album cover The Contours You Get Ugly(7", Single) Motown GO 42.559 Netherlands 1963 Sell This Version
GO 42.561 La La La La La / Don't You Know  album cover Little Stevie Wonder* La La La La La / Don't You Know(7") Motown, Artone GO 42.561 Netherlands 1963 Sell This Version
GO 42.562 Mickey's Monkey / Whatever Makes You Happy  album cover The Miracles Mickey's Monkey / Whatever Makes You Happy(7", Single) Motown GO 42.562 Netherlands 1963 Sell This Version
GO 42.563 I Call It Pretty Music, But… The Old People Call It The Blues  album cover Little Stevie Wonder* I Call It Pretty Music, But… The Old People Call It The Blues(7") Motown GO 42.563 Netherlands 1963 Sell This Version
GO 42.564 Workout Stevie, Workout / Monkey Talk  album cover Little Stevie Wonder* Workout Stevie, Workout / Monkey Talk(7", Single) Motown GO 42.564 Netherlands 1963 Sell This Version
GO 42.565 I'm Crazy 'Bout My Baby / Can I Get A Witness  album cover Marvin Gaye I'm Crazy 'Bout My Baby / Can I Get A Witness(7", Single) Motown GO 42.565 Netherlands 1963 Sell This Version
GO 42.567 Too Hurt To Cry, Too Much In Love To Say Goodbye / Come On Home  album cover The Darnells Too Hurt To Cry, Too Much In Love To Say Goodbye / Come On Home(7", Single) Motown GO 42.567 Netherlands 1963 Sell This Version
GO 42.568 When The Lovelight Starts Shining Through His Eyes / Standing At The Crossroads Of Love  album cover The Supremes When The Lovelight Starts Shining Through His Eyes / Standing At The Crossroads Of Love (Single) GO 42.568 Netherlands 1963 Sell This Version
M-1037 Good-By Cruel Love  album cover Linda Griner Good-By Cruel Love (Single) M-1037 US 1963 Sell This Version
M-1039 Laughing Boy  album cover Mary Wells Laughing Boy (Single) M-1039 US 1963 Sell This Version
M-1040 You Bring Back Memories  album cover The Supremes You Bring Back Memories (Single) M-1040 US 1963 Sell This Version
M 1041 Oh Freddy  album cover Connie Van Dyke* Oh Freddy M 1041 US 1963 Sell This Version
M 1042 Your Old Stand By / What Love Has Joined Together  album cover Mary Wells Your Old Stand By / What Love Has Joined Together(7") Motown M 1042 US 1963 Sell This Version
M 1043 Baby Shake  album cover Eddie Holland* Baby Shake(7") Motown M 1043 US 1963 Sell This Version
M-1044 A Breath Taking Guy  album cover The Supremes A Breath Taking Guy M-1044 US 1963 Sell This Version
M-1045 What Goes Up, Must Come Down / Come On Home  album cover Holland-Dozier* What Goes Up, Must Come Down / Come On Home (Single) M-1045 US 1963 Sell This Version
M-1047 Back To School Again  album cover The Morrocco Muzik Makers Back To School Again(7") Motown M-1047 US 1963 Sell This Version
M-1048 What's Easy For Two Is So Hard For One / You Lost The Sweetest Boy  album cover Mary Wells What's Easy For Two Is So Hard For One / You Lost The Sweetest Boy (Single) M-1048 US 1963 Sell This Version
M 1049 I'm On The Outside Looking In  album cover Eddie Holland* I'm On The Outside Looking In M 1049 US 1963 Sell This Version
M-1050 Devil In His Heart  / Forget About Me  album cover Carolyn Crawford* Devil In His Heart / Forget About Me(7", Single) Motown M-1050 US 1963 Sell This Version
M-1051 When The Lovelight Starts Shining Through His Eyes  album cover The Supremes When The Lovelight Starts Shining Through His Eyes (Single) M-1051 US 1963 Sell This Version
M-1052 Leaving Here / Brenda  album cover Eddie Holland* Leaving Here / Brenda(7", Single) Motown M-1052 US 1963 Sell This Version
MO 608 The Return Of "The" Blues Boss  album cover Amos Milburn The Return Of "The" Blues Boss(LP, Album) Tamla, Motown MO 608 Canada 1963 Sell This Version
MOTOWN 1042 Your Old Stand By  album cover Mary Wells Your Old Stand By (Single) MOTOWN 1042 US 1963 Sell This Version
MOTOWN 1043 Baby Shake / Brenda  album cover Edward Holland, Jr. Baby Shake / Brenda (Single) MOTOWN 1043 US 1963 Sell This Version