"Come to Me," by Mary Johnson, is the debut release on the Tamla label. Founded by Berry Gordy, Tamla is the first of several labels under the umbrella of his Motown Records Corporation.
"Bad Girl" by the Miracles, is the first single released on the Motown label. The name is a concentration of Motor Town, a reference to Detroit’s status as the center of the auto industry.
Berry Gordy moves all of Motown’s operations into a two-story house at 2648 West Grand Boulevard, which he christens "Hitsville."
Motown signs the Primettes, a girl group just out of high school. They change their name to the Supremes.
"Shop Around," by the Miracles, is Motown’s first national hit, reaching Number Two on the Billboard chart and topping Billboard’s hot R&B singles list for eight weeks.
Motown’s 12-year-old prodigy, Little Stevie Wonder, tops the pop charts with "Fingertips (Pt. II)." Recorded in concert, it is the first live single in history to reach Number One.
"Please, Mr. Postman," by the Marvelettes, becomes Motown’s first Number One pop hit and second million-seller.
Martha and the Vandellas release "Dancing In the Street," a highlight of Motown’s early years.
"Back in My Arms Again" tops the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart, making the Supremes the only American group to release five Number One hits in a row.
The Four Tops earn their second Number One single and the biggest hit of their career with "Reach Out, I’ll Be There."
"I Heard It Through the Grapevine," written by Marvin Gaye and recorded by Gladys Knight and the Pips, rises to Number Two. Exactly a year later, Gaye’s own version will become the top song in the country.
A young singing group, the Jackson 5, auditions for Berry Gordy. Fronted by nine-year-old Michael Jackson, they are signed on the spot.
Motown Records occupy the three top spots on Billboard’s Hot 100, an unprecedented feat.
The Temptations with Motown its first Grammy for "Cloud Nine."
Diana Ross leaves the Supremes to go solo.
With the success of "I’ll Be There," the Jackson 5 become the only group in history whose first four records went to Number One.