The life of the founder member of the Supremes was filled all too briefly with adulation before it was cut short so sadly.
Gordy made the announcement as he was feted with the Motown Legacy Award at the Hitsville Honours ceremony in Detroit.
Motown’s most dangerous star of the early 1980s was on fire in the summer of 1983, and so were his label.
One of the greatest-ever sequences of musical creativity was in full flow in 1974, with Stevie's 'Fulfillingness' First Finale.'
'Let's Get It On' became the second of Marvin's three US pop chart-toppers.
Remembering when Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell made beautiful music and topped the R&B chart for 31 August 1968 with ‘You’re All I Need To Get By.'
'War' was deemed a little too forthright to be a Temptations single, but Edwin made it a powerful message song and a huge hit.
Wonder said "I am proud to have been chosen at the top of such an incredibly talented group of artists."
In the summer of 1963, young Stevie Wonder ruled the US charts with both the 'Fingertips' single and the album 'The 12 Year Old Genius.'
The singer was named among the cast during 'Good Morning America' yesterday (21).
The British singer-songwriter, keyboard player and guitarist ruled America in August 1988 with both the 'Roll With It' single and album.
Paul remained a lesser-known name than either David Ruffin or Eddie Kendricks, despite his great vocal presence and pivotal role in the rise of the classic five-piece line-up.
In the summer of 1976, the band were on a strange lap of honour.
The Motown release hit No. 1 on 15 August 1992, in a run that stretched from summer into late autumn.
The Holland-Dozier-Holland classic was first cut a month earlier — and got the thumbs down from Berry Gordy.
The Contours’ future Motown smash Do You Love Me hit the Billboard Hot 100 for the week of 11 August 1962 at a lowly No. 100.