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Motown’s Gordy Label

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The Gordy label started off in 1962 with an obscure Temptation release on Gordy 1001 “Dream Come True” b/w Isn’t She Pretty”.  Like the Supremes it would take the Temptations awhile to catch on but when they did…..!    The Motown label Gordy continued to release 45’s into the mid 1980’s.  Following are the nearly complete collection of releases with chart positions (when charting) R&B first followed by Hot 100.  The Gordy label started off a little slow on chart success.  The Contours hit first with the monster hit “Do You Love Me” reaching number 1 on the R&B and #3 on the Hot 100 in August of 1962.  Soon both The Temptations and Martha & the Vandellas would firmly establish the success of Gordy.

Gordy 7001 The Temptations – May, 1962 – #20

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Gordy 7002 – Lee & The Leopards – May, 1962

With Lee Henry Moore, James Porter, Prentiss Anderson and George Miller Ross

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Gordy 7003 – The Valadiers – May, 1962

Marty Coleman, Stuart Avig, Art Glasser, Jerry Light and Gary Frankel

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Gordy 7004 – Hattie Littles – September, 1962 Back in My Arms/Is It True (What They Say About You) – (unreleased)

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Gordy 7005 – The Contours – August, 1962 – #1 (#3)

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Gordy 7006 – Mike & The Modifiers – July, 1962

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Gordy 7007 – Hattie Littles – September, 1962

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Gordy 7008 – Bob Kayli – September, 1962

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Gordy 7009 – LaBrenda Ben & The Beljeans – September, 1962

This group is “The Vandellas” with lead singer Saundra Mallet shown below with her other group “The Elgins”

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Sandra Mallet with The Elgins

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Gordy 7010 – The Temptations – October, 1962

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Gordy 7011 – Martha & The Vandellas – September, 1962

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Gordy 7012 – The Contours – January, 1963 – #21 (#43)

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Gordy 7013 – The Valadiers – January, 1963

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Gordy 7014 – Martha & The Vandellas – March, 1963 – #6 (#29)

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Gordy 7015 – The Temptations – March, 1963

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Gordy 7016 – The Contours – March, 1963

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Gordy 7017 – Bunny Paul – May, 1963

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If Bunny looks a little dated here it is because she began her career at age 24 in 1948!

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Gordy 7018 – The Stylers – May, 1963

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Gordy 7019 – The Contours – June, 1963

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Gordy 7020 – The Temptations – May, 1963

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Gordy 7021 – LaBrenda Ben – August, 1963

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Gordy 7022 – Martha & The Vandellas – August, 1963 – #1 (#4)

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Gordy 7023 – The Reverend Martin Luther King Jr./Liz Lands – October, 1963

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Gordy 7024 – The Darnells – October, 1963

Fronted by Gladys Horton later of the Marvelettes – the others being from “The Andantes”

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Gordy 7025 – Martha & The Vandellas – November, 1963 – #7 (#8)

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Gordy 7026 – Liz Lands – September, 1963

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Gordy 7027 – Martha & The Vandellas – February, 1964 #11 (#42)

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Gordy 7028 – The Temptations – February, 1964 – #1 (#11)

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Gordy 7029 – The Contours – April, 1964 – #16 (#41)

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Gordy 7030 – Liz Lands – March, 1964

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Martha & The Vandellas – April, 1964 – #6 (#44)

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Gordy 7031 – The Temptations – May, 1964 – #22 (#33)

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Gordy Martha & The Vandellas – August, 1964 – #8 (#2)

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Gordy 7034 -Tommy Good – July, 1964

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Here is “Motown Junkie’s explanation of the “Tommy Good Protest March on Hitsville”:

A Detroit native, Good came to Motown in 1963; nowadays, he is best-known for the “astroturf” fake grassroots campaign Motown mounted to promote his one and only single, the label organizing a “protest march” ostensibly made up of Tommy’s fans on Hitsville demanding they release his record, after which Motown “acquiesced to public demand”. It was all nonsense, but Tommy played along gamely; the record, sadly, was a flop, and there were no further releases for him at Motown, Tommy leaving the label in 1965 to concentrate on his day job at Chrysler.

Just to right of his microphone is Motown Records Founder Berry Gordy; to the right of Gordy in the same row are producers Norman Whitfield (in light shirt) and Ivy Joe Hunter (with dark tie); Abrams himself is barely visible in the doorway of house next door, behind an unidentified woman

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Gordy 7035 – The Temptations – September, 1964 – #11 (#26)

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Gordy 7036 – Martha & The Vandellas – December, 1964 – #11 (#34)

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Gordy 7037 – The Contours – (Can You Jerk Like Me) – December, 1964 – #15 (#47) – (That Day When She Needed Me) January, 1965 – #37

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Gordy 7038 – The Temptations – January, 1965 – #1 (#1)

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Gordy 7039 – Martha & The Vandellas – February, 1965 – #5 (#8)

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Gordy 7040 – The Temptations – April, 1965 – #3 (#18)

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Gordy 7041 – Kim Weston – April, 1965

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Gordy 7042 – Marv Johnson – May, 1965

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Gordy 7043 – The Temptations – July, 1965 – #4 (#17)

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Gordy 7044 – The Contours – August, 1965 – #8 (#65)

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Gordy 7045 – Martha & The Vandellas – September, 1965 – #25 (#36)

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Gordy 7046 – Kim Weston – September, 1965 – #4 (#50)

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Gordy 7047 – The Temptations – October, 1965 – #4 (#13)

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Gordy 7048 – The Martha & The Vandellas – February, 1966 – #3 (#22)

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Gordy 7049 – The Temptations – January, 1966 – # (#29)

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Gordy 750 – Kim Weston – February, 1966 – #13 (#56)

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Gordy 7051 – Marv Johnson – April, 1966 – #39

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Gordy 7052 – The Contours – June, 1966 – #18 (#85)

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Gordy 7053 – Martha & The Vandellas – May, 1966

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Gordy 7054 – The Temptations – May, 1966 – #1 (#13)

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Gordy 7055 – The Temptations – January, 1966 – #1 (#3)

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Gordy 7056 – Martha & The Vandellas – November, 1966 – #2 (#)

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Gordy 7057 – The Temptations – November, 1966 #1 (#8)

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Gordy 7058 – Martha & The Vandellas – March, 1967 – #1 (#10)

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Gordy 7059 – The Contours – April, 1967 – #35 (#79)

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Gordy 7060 – The Sam Remo Golden Strings – June, 1967

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Gordy 7061 – The Temptations – May, 1967 – #2 (#8)

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Gordy 7062 – Martha & The Vandellas – September, 1967 – #14 (#25)

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Gordy 7063 – The Temptations – August, 1967 – #3 (#6)

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Rita Wright – September, 1968

(Syreeta)

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Gordy 7065 – The Temptations – October, 1967 – #3 (#14)

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Gordy 7066 – Edwin Starr – October, 1967

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Gordy 7067 – Martha & The Vandellas – November, 1967 – #5 (#11)

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Gordy Extended Play 60917 – Martha & The Vandellas – 1967 Mini Seven Inch LP

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Gordy/Topps 60917 – Chewing Gum – Flexi – Meet the Temptations – 1967

Gordy 7068 – The Temptations – December, 1967 – #14 (#1)

Gordy 7069 – The Temptations – January, 1968 – #1 (#4)

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Gordy 7069 – Bobby Taylor & The Vancouvers – April, 1968 – #5 (#29)

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Gordy 7070 – Martha & The Vandellas – May, 1968 – #36 (#62)

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Gordy 7071 – Edwin Starr – May, 1968 – #45 (#112)

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Gordy 7072 – The Temptations – May, 1968 – #1 (#13)

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Gordy 7073 – Bobby Taylor & The Vancouvers – September, 1968 – #40 (#85)

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Gordy 7074 – The Temptations – August, 1968 – #4 (#26)

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Gordy 7075 – Martha & The Vandellas – August, 1968 – #24 (#42)

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Gordy 7076 – Eivets Rednow (Stevie Wonder – His only 1960’s release on the Gordy Label) – August, 1968

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Gordy 7077 – Marv Johnson – October, 1968

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Gordy 7078 – Edwin Starr – November, 1968

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Gordy 7079 – Bobby Taylor & The Vancouvers – November, 1968 – #16 (#48)

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Gordy 7080 – Martha & The Vandellas – November, 1968 – #45 (#80)

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Gordy 7081 – The Temptations – November, 1968 – #3 (#6)

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Gordy 7082 – The Temptations – November, 1968

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Gordy 7083 – Edwin Starr – February, 1969 – #6 (#6)

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Gordy 7084 – The Temptations – March, 1969 – #1 (#6)

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Gordy 7085 – Martha & The Vandellas – April, 1969 – #27 (#56)

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Gordy 7086 – The Temptations – May, 1969 – #2 (#20)

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Gordy 7087 – Edwin Starr – June, 1969 – #27 (#80)

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Gordy 7088 – Bobby Taylor – Oh I’ve Been Blessed/It Should Have Been Me Loving Her – June, 1969 (unreleased)

Gordy 7089 – The Lollipops – Need Your Love/Cheating Is Telling On You – July, 1969 (unreleased)

Gordy 7090 – Blinky & Edwin Starr – July, 1969

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Gordy 7092 – Bobby Taylor – July, 1969

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Gordy 7093 – The Temptations – July, 1969 – #1 (#1)

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Gordy 7094 – Martha & The Vandellas – November, 1969 – #44 (#102)

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2 Comments

  1. Pingback: Gordy 45′s: The Motor City Sound! | PopBopRocktilUDrop

  2. Big thanks for all the hard work

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