Stevie Wonder delivered a message of tolerance and peace in Detroit during the unveiling of a road named after the Motown Legend on Wednesday afternoon.
Much of the crowd was on its feet for the songs, and tributes to their late brother and Jackson 5 frontman Michael were found across the venue.
Reared on the city’s north end, he will attend Northern High School before meeting Berry Gordy, Jr. and joining Motown Records in 1959.
A skilled songwriter, Strong will collaborate on several compositions, including: “I Heard It Through the Grapevine” by both Marvin Gaye and Gladys Knight & the Pips; “War” by Edwin Starr and “Smiling Faces Sometimes” by the Undisputed Truth.
“Out of an album fell this passport,” the man said. “It literally fell into my hands.”
One of his four children, Aretha, will become a world renowned recording artist.
The song focuses on his childhood from the 1950s into the early 1960s.
Written by Smokey Robinson, lead vocals are provided by Wanda Young.
On this day in 1939, Eddie Kendricks was born in Union Springs, Alabama. He will go on to become a prominent member of the Temptations and successful solo artist.
On this day in 1929, Berry Gordy Jr. is born in Detroit. He will grow up on the east and west side at 5139 St. Antoine Street as well as 5469 Roosevelt and 3636 Hudson streets. In 1959, armed with an $800 loan from his family and a million dollars worth of vision, he will found Motown Records.