October 8, 1960
December 10, 1969
When I was 11 yrs. old I was discovered by Ronnie White of the Motown band, the Miracles.
Berry Gordy Jr. did not hesitate to sign me up for a record deal.
Janurary 9th, 2006
In 1971 I had by writing my own music, I was negotiated a new contract with Motown that gave me almost total control over my record and greatly increased my royalty rate. I have won 25 Grammy Awards, including a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in (1996). Last yr. my studio prodution has slowed down.My most recent album, A Time To Love, was released in 2005, following a 10- yr. hiatus.In 1980 I made made Marther Luther King Jr.'s birthday a national Holiday on Janurary 21.
April 20th, 2010
Recently, in 2009 I was recognized with the second Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular song. Over the course of my long career I, have been married twice and I have seven childern,and I hava been honored with numerous awards.