Although their soul-pop sound had a tremendous influence on music, and although the label launched the careers of many a legend, the real importance of Motown was the way it helped integrate the music industry and music fans.
Berry Gordy started Tamla Records before he started Motown - and in fact, in the UK, most Motown releases were actually on the Tamla Motown imprint - but it is Motown that did (and does) have the cache.
There are numerous wig manufacturers, including popular names such as Adolfo, Eva Gabor, Louis Ferre, Motown Tress, Jon Renau, Revlon, and Raquel Welch.
Taking inspiration from the success of Detroit-based Motown, Memphis label Stax Records put a Southern spin on the pop-soul coming from the North.
The Big Chill soundtrack to the classic 1983 film doubles as a great introduction to the best of Motown and other 60s favorites.
Jackson first performed it during his famous song "Billie Jean" on the show Motown 25: Yesterday, Today and Forever.
Motown was one of the most successful labels of the 60s, with over 100 Top Ten hits coming out of the Hit Factory.
The band was on the Motown label and enjoyed a good deal of success in the late seventies into the early eighties.
Stax released records that had some Motown flavor but also incorporated blues, gospel and country influences.
Southern soul - or Memphis soul, as it is sometimes called - had a rougher edge than Motown.