Let’s keep the Gordy family in our prayers. Robert Gordy Sr., the brother of Motown founder Berry Gordy, passed away at age 91.
According to Universal Music Enterprises, Gordy Sr. died of natural causes in his home in Marina del Rey, California. Berry Gordy spoke about his brother in a statement and said, “He was absolutely the best lil ’brother anyone could ever hope for.”
He continued, “His ability to succeed at whatever he attempted or that I threw his way, amazed me over the years. I will miss his love, his support, and his loyalty. In 1958, Robert Gordy Sr.’s music career took off after he released the song “Everyone Was There” under the pseudonym Bob Kayli.
Throughout his career, he has written and contributed to multiple hit songs at Motown. Aside from music, Gordy Sr. was also an actor and landed his first role in the 1972 classic “Lady Sings The Blues” as a drug pusher.
Robert Gordy Sr. went on to successfully run Jobete Music Publishing for over 20 years with the help of his brother, Berry. He is survived by his children Roxanna Wright, Fuller Gordy, Rodney Gordy, and his brother Berry.
May he rest in eternal peace.