Today, Motown Museum remembers and reflects on the life of Gordon Prince—Motown Records' first National Promotion and Singles Director, who spent more than a decade in service to the label.
The son of a Cadillac Records executive, Gordon served in the U.S. Marine Corps. before working in promotions for several Detroit record labels and distributors. While working for B&H Distributing Company in 1959, Gordon helped promote Marv Johnson’s 'Come to Me,' the first single released on the Tamla label. In 1965, Motown VP Barney Ales offered Gordon a position as Head of Sales for Motown’s V.I.P. and Soul labels.
Gordon’s success in promoting artists led Berry Gordy to appoint him as Motown’s first National Promotion Director in 1966, and later as National Single Sales Director. In 1974, Gordon and Barney Ales left Motown Records in California and returned to Detroit to establish their own label, Prodigal Records—signing artists such as Ronnie McNeir and Shirley Alston.
Motown purchased Prodigal Records two years later and appointed Gordon VP of Branch Operations for the Motown Group. After leaving Motown in the late 1970s, he continued his successful career as the owner of several distributing companies in Detroit.
We extend our sincerest condolences to Gordon Prince’s family and friends.
📸: Detroit Free Press Obituary
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