Posts Tagged ‘Esther Gordy Edwards’

#ThrowbackThursday: Women of Motown

May 16th, 2013

by Elissa Blattman, Project Assistant

If you like Motown music, you may be familiar with Berry Gordy, founder of Motown Records and genius behind the “Motown Sound” that swept the nation and world in the 1960s.  But have you heard of Esther Gordy Edwards, Berry Gordy’s sister?  Edwards started a co-op to provide money to family members in times of need and, in 1959, Gordy approached his family needing an $800 loan to start a record label.  Gordy’s family members all agreed, except Edwards who questioned whether her brother could successfully run a business after a series of taking and leaving numerous jobs.  She eventually decided to loan Gordy the money, which he put toward what would become Motown Records.  Gordy later stated that his sister’s reluctance to lend him the money made him decide that he wanted her, out of their seven other siblings, to run the business side of the company. Read the rest of this entry »