Motown Gold Records donated to Detroit Historical Museum


DETROIT (Tell Us Det) – The treasured gold and platinum records of Motown greats Marvin Gaye and Eddie Kendrick were donated to the Detroit Historical Museum Monday by renowned entertainment attorney Henry Baskin. 

Marvin Gaye’ s platinum record for “Let’s Get It On” and Eddie Kendrick’s gold record for “Boogie Down” were among the musical awards presented by Baskin to museum executive director, Bob Bury.

Baskin, who represented Gaye for 18 years, shared memories of his time with the Motown icon. “Marvin was a very spiritual guy; always had a football game going and loved Jamaica”. Baskin recalled traveling to Jamaica with Gaye and attending a Bob Marley concert, “You can hear the influence of reggae in some of Marvin’s music” said Baskin; one example being 1982’s “Sexual Healing.”

The cherished records, along with original album covers from Rare Earth, David Ruffin and other artists, will become part of the new Allesee Gallery of Culture when the Detroit Historical Museum reopens in November.

The decision by Baskin to donate artifacts acquired during his years of representing Motown artists, including The Temptations and The Miracles, to the Detroit Historical museum, begged the question. “What about giving them to the other museum on West Grand Blvd.?’’ 

“They have all music, I wanted to share a part Motown with all of Detroit’s history” Baskin said especially for young people. The famed attorney was joined at the presentation ceremonies by his grandson, Chad Kauffman who is studying jazz and will appear at Labor Day Jazz Festival.

The preservation of Detroit’s music history is important to Baskin who said it was “A sad journey to watch the industry leave the city” he added “Thank God for Kid Rock” who recently donated $250,000 to the museum for a permanent display of the city’s musical heritage. 

Baskin called upon Detroit singers and musicians to donate a portion of their collections to take center stage at city’s historical museum.

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