Berry Gordy III (known professionally as Berry Gordy Jr., born November 28, 1929) is an American record executive, record producer, songwriter, film producer and television producer.
He is best known as the founder of the Motown record label and its subsidiaries, which was the highest-earning African-American business for decades.As a songwriter, he composed or co-composed a number of hits including "Lonely Teardrops", "Shop Around" and "Do You Love Me", all of which topped the US R&B charts.
As part of The Corporation he wrote a number of hit songs for The Jackson 5, including "I Want You Back" and "ABC".
As a record producer, he launched the Miracles and signed acts like the Supremes, Marvin Gaye, the Temptations, the Four Tops, Gladys Knight & the Pips and Stevie Wonder.
He was known for carefully controlling the public image, dress, manners, and choreography of his acts.
In 1998, Gordy was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.