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Marian Anderson Awards Concert 2013

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In addition to the music, there were several inspiring speeches and testimonials. Those of former Mayor (and Governor) Rendell and by Motown rivals Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff, brought in the Philadelphia connection, which Gordy himself acknowledged in his acceptance speech. Gordy recalled the early days of Motown and the lessons learned. He honestly shared about the conflicting roles of love and competition in promoting the development of the musicians and their careers. He compared the bringing up of the musicians to the automotive assembly line, which starts with a frame that gradually turns into a spanking new car. It was a novel way of depicting a musician's growth and development that fits well with the many stories about how the great ones emerged from humble origins.

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