Detroit street named after Motown's Gordy


DETROIT -- A section of the street where the Motown sound originated has been renamed for Berry Gordy Jr., the music label's legendary founder.

The Detroit City Council unanimously voted to give a section of West Grand Boulevard the name, Berry Gordy Jr. Boulevard, Councilwoman Martha Reeves said Wednesday in a statement.

Berry Gordy Jr. Boulevard will stretch west from the John C. Lodge freeway to Grand River Avenue. It includes the block where "Hitsville USA," Gordy's former home and Motown recording studio, stands.

A dedication ceremony is set for Friday.

"This is a dream come true for me, to succeed in a venture that has been in my heart since my days at Motown," said Reeves, an original member of the Motown group, Martha and the Vandellas.

Motown produced music icons such as Stevie Wonder, Diana Ross and the Supremes,the Miracles, Four Tops, Temptations and the Jackson Five.