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Paul McCartney and Berry Gordy Team Up For Iconic Motown Fundraiser In NYC

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The former Beatle and Motown’s own Berry Gordy Jr. are teaming up to raise money to help conserve and honor a famous piece of Motown’s history in NYC.

The fundraiser will be held on September 18th and the dynamic duo will be performing live at the famous Steinway Hall in NYC to raise money for the reclamation of an 1877 Steinway Grand Piano that used to sit in Hitsville, USA’s Studio B. The piano was once a key piece to many famous musicians such as Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, The Funk Brothers and many more who sat at the iconic ivories. The piano now sits in the Motown Museum, which resides in the original building Hitsville, USA occupied in Detroit, MI.

While on his last tour, McCartney had a chance to tour the museum before his performance at Comerica Park, he saw the piano in the sorry condition it was in and offered to send it back to Steinway and Sons on his own dime to be modernized. The reconstruction of the instrument includes a set of new strings, hammers, legs and any other needed fragments. However, what has been replaced will be added to the museum to be remembered for its history.

Both Macca and Gordy will be performing on the sparkling new piano at the fundraiser.

“We thought this was an appropriate way of doing it, unveiling the piano and inviting both Paul and Mr. Gordy to be the first to sort of put their DNA on it if you will” Robin Terry, the granddaughter of museum founder Esther Gordy, said in an interview with Billboard.

After the fundraiser comes to a close, the piano will be shipped back out to Detroit where it will have its designated spot in Hitsville’s Studio A at the Motown Museum.

Invitations to the fundraiser have been sent out to specific guests but despite the exclusive nature of the event (Steinway Hall only holds 100 people), other guests who are willing to attend can contact the museum at 313-875-2264.

–Vincent Roszkowski, WCBS-FM


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