Esther Gordy Edwards http://michiganradio.org en Stateside: Sir Paul McCartney restores historic, Motown piano http://michiganradio.org/post/stateside-sir-paul-mccartney-restores-historic-motown-piano <p>It's called "Hitsville USA": the little house on West Grand Boulevard in Detroit that Berry Gordy, Jr. bought as a home for the fledgling record company that grew up to become the legendary Motown.</p><p>These days, Hitsville is a museum dedicated to sharing the Motown experience with fans that come from around the world.</p><p>One such fan was in Detroit on a Sunday in July 2011. And before he performed for 37, 854 fans at Comerica Park, Sir Paul McCartney had one request: to visit Hitsville.</p> Thu, 13 Sep 2012 18:13:26 +0000 Stateside Staff 9067 at http://michiganradio.org Stateside: Sir Paul McCartney restores historic, Motown piano Remembering a Motown founder: Esther Gordy Edwards' funeral today http://michiganradio.org/post/remembering-motown-founder-esther-gordy-edwards-funeral-today <p>Esther Gordy Edwards gave her brother, Berry Gordy Jr., <a href="http://www.guardian.co.uk/music/2011/aug/30/esther-gordy-edwards-obituary">an $800 loan</a> to start Motown Records back in 1959. She went on to become an integral part of her brother&#39;s company and started the Motown Museum back in 1985.</p><p>Edwards <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/pillar-motown-esther-gordy-edwards-dies-91">died last week</a> at the age of 91. Today is her funeral.</p><p>From the <a href="http://www.freep.com/article/20110831/NEWS01/110831013/1001/news">Detroit Free Press</a>:</p><blockquote><p>Hundreds are expected to say good-bye to Esther Gordy Edwards, the sister of Motown Records founder Berry Gordy Jr. who helped him build the company and led efforts to turn its original Detroit headquarters into a museum.</p><p><br />The funeral for Edwards is 11 a.m. today at Bethel AME Church in Detroit. She died last week at age 91. Wed, 31 Aug 2011 14:50:34 +0000 Mark Brush 3976 at http://michiganradio.org Remembering a Motown founder: Esther Gordy Edwards' funeral today