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Berry Gordy Gets Busy
Berry Gordy
Berry Gordy
Rockwell's family resemblence to his dad is obvious.

Berry Gordy, famed founder of Motown Records, has eight children on record, not all of them from his three wives. His second marriage ended in divorce in 1964, perhaps because his mistress gave birth to a son in March of that year. The son, Kennedy Gordy, grew up friends with Michael Jackson and his brothers.  Kennedy's older half-sister Hazel was married to Jermaine Jackson from 1973-1987. All of which explains why Michael and Jermaine sang on Kennedy's first and only hit, "Somebody's Watching Me," released under the stage name Rockwell. The song, with Michael's voice prominent on the oft-repeated title line, soared to #1 on the R&B charts and #2 on the Billboard charts, helped by a popular video on MTV. Supposedly to avoid the appearance of nepotism, Berry Gordy wasn't told that the song and album were by his son until after their release.  Of course, Rockwell still got himself signed to his dad's label, and everyone else involved in the project knew who he was, so it kinda still was nepotism, wasn't it?

Gordy stayed single until 1990, but he also stayed busy, having three more children by three different women. One of these children was born to Motown superstar Diana Ross, who happened to be married at the time. Their daughter, Rhonda Ross Kendrick, is an actress best known for playing "Toni Burrell" on Another World from 1997 through 1999.

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