Motown Historical Museum, Detroit

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2648 W. Grand Blvd., Detroit, MI 48208 313-875-2264

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    by dtownkitty Updated Aug 8, 2005

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    I'm listing some landmarks for Detroit music fans here. Note: Boys, please don't cry if you don't see Eminem. I claim no responsibility for your dissapointment.

    Hitsville USA: for those fans of the MOTOWN sound. 2648 w Grand Blvd


    54 SOUND: Eminem recorded lotsa stuff here including MY NAME IS with the Bass Brothers. I believe it is currently not being used but the signage is still there and the exterior looks the same. 9MILE RD SOUTH OF HILTON IN FERNDALE. on the North side of the road. Don't blink!

    You're not far from 8 Mile rd, but don't be dissapointed if it doesn't look as bad as the movie. They used other parts of the city to film 8 mile rd. However 8 mile has its fair share of gentlemen's clubs.

    Don't you all want to see where Marshall Mathers pistol whipped a guy ? Hot Rocks is at 24300 Hoover rd in Warren. It's now Rhinestone Cowboy and word on the street is they have a 'lectric bull. Hmm......

    Emerald Theater in Mt. Clemens. Location of Kid Rock's christmas special. Mt Clemens former stomping grounds of Kid Rock.

    Magic Stick, Detroit: White Stripes fans see my things to page.

    Mexican Village restaurant, Detroit: OK, its not really a landmark but they have good nachos and i saw the White Stripes eating here one day.

    St Andrew's Hall: See my things to do page.

    More to come

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    • Historical Travel

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    'Hitsville USA' also known as...

    by SilverVelvet Written Aug 25, 2002

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    'Hitsville USA' also known as the Motown Museum
    When Berry Gordy Jr. used an $800 loan from his parents to open 'Hitsville USA' in this home in 1959 (see photo), he probably didn't know that he would change the direction of music by creating the famous 'Motown Sound.' He initially lived upstairs and recorded artists for his Motown Records label in the studio on the first floor. Motown artists included Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, Aretha Franklin, Marvin Gaye, The Temptations and a young Diana Ross who grew up in a local public housing project. In 1969, Gordy Jr. moved into a larger building in the central downtown area and later left for Los Angeles in the early 70s. Today, the original 'Hitsville USA' museum features lots of costumes, memorabilia, the original Studio A recording studio and much more. There are also plans to renovate the larger studio downtown as part of a much needed new entertainment district. Many of the Motown artists have since left Detroit, but Aretha Franklin still returns during Christmas to sing in her father's church.

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