They'll be dancing in the streets of Oakland on Monday (today) toasting
During the ceremony, Gordy will be presented with a proclamation on the plaza in front of Oakland City Hall at 11:30 a.m. Supervisor Keith Carson, Congresswoman Barbara Lee (D-Oakland) and Oakland Mayor
Why Oakland? Well, for starters, Gordy came to the area last Friday for the opening of "Motown — The Musical" at the SHN Orpheum Theatre in San Francisco, which runs through Sept. 28.
But there's a musical connection too. A county statement says the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer wanted to "connect with the people of Oakland and the entire East Bay, where the Motown Sound has always had a home."
Indeed the man known for the Motown Sound promoted artists such as Diana Ross, Smokey Robinson, Mary Wells, Gladys Knight & the Pips and many others. "Motown" tells his story, and original Motown songs in the show will be performed at the midday event Monday.
In addition, a "Motown Legends" exhibition will open Wednesday at two venues in Oakland. The show features mixed-media portraits of the Temptations, Ross, Marvin Gaye and others from Gordy's private collection, some of which be on sale. They were created by Chris Clark, a white Motown soul singer who was on the record label's roster in the 1960s.