Mr. Pop Culture -
It’s amazing and a fact. Motown was probably the greatest hitmaker of the 1960′s with artists such as the Supremes, Diana Ross, Temptations, Marvin Gaye, Four Tops, The Jackson 5, Martha and the Vandellas.
They sold millions of 45 singles – but not one certified gold record (a million in sales). How is that?
Not even their biggest single of all time, 1968′s “Heard It Through The Grapevine” by Marvin Gaye.
The answer is Berry Gordy. From the beginning, he set a very strict policy about who had access to Motown’s books and that included the Recording Industry Association of America – the folks who award gold and platinum recordings.
They began showing the books around 1977. And, that’s when you begin to find certification – but it was a long way from Motown’s hitmaking machine of the 1960′s and into the 1970′s.
It’s a great story – and one of the fascinating pop culture music history moments.