Image of the Temptations

The Temptations, 1966, courtesy of Photofest


From Motown to the Beatles

Wednesdays, May 15–June 19, 1:00–3:00 pm

About the Program

This class will take an in-depth look at the contributions of two of the most important transformations in popular musical history.

In the early 1960s, Berry Gordy Jr. had turned Detroit, the “Motor City,” into the music capital of the world. Motown played a major role in the integration of American popular music as artists like Smokey Robinson, the Supremes, the Four Tops, the Temptations, Marvin Gaye, and Stevie Wonder achieved amazing crossover success. In 1964, the Beatles arrived and the music industry—and the world—changed forever. 

Instructor: Steve Barri is a composer, lyricist, music industry executive, and musical theater enthusiast. As vice president of Dunhill Records, he was involved in signing several notable acts, including Steely Dan, Jimmy Buffet, and Three Dog Night. While working at Warner Bros. and Motown Records, Barri also worked with Lionel Richie and served as advisor for the soundtrack of The Big Chill.