Motown founder Berry Gordy calls it quits at 89

Gordy said he "dreamed" about retirement for years.
51st Annual GRAMMY Awards - Salute To Icons: Clive Davis - Backstage And Audience
Berry Gordy attends the 2009 GRAMMY Salute To Industry Icons honoring Clive Davis in Beverly Hills, California, on Feb. 7, 2009.Rick Diamond / WireImage file

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By Associated Press

DETROIT — The Motown mogul who launched the careers of numerous stars like Stevie Wonder, Diana Ross, and Michael Jackson has announced his retirement.

The Detroit Free Press reports Berry Gordy said he had "come full circle" at a 60th-anniversary event for Motown Records on Sunday.

Diana Ross and Berry Gordy at the American Music Awards in Los Angeles on Nov. 19, 2017.Jordan Strauss / Invision/AP

The 89-year-old Detroit native built Motown Records into a hit-making music, film and television empire that shattered racial barriers and introduced the world at large to the sounds of R&B, soul and funk. Gordy sold the record label in 1988, but remained active, developing a musical and staying involved with the Motown Museum's $50 million expansion campaign.

Speaking about retirement, Gordy said he has "dreamed about it, talked about it, threatened it" for years.

Director Lee Daniels also presented Gordy with the Motown Legacy honor.