Paul McCartney and Motown Records founder Berry Gordy are teaming up to raise money to help conserve and honor a famous piece of Motown’s history.
The fundraiser will be held on September 18th, when the dynamic duo will be performing live at New York City’s famous Steinway Hall to raise money and honor the 1877 Steinway Grand Piano that used to sit in Motown’s Hitsville, USA recording studios. The piano was once a key piece to many famous musicians such as Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, The Funk Brothers and many more, who all sat at the iconic ivories. The piano now sits in the Motown Museum, which resides in the original building Hitsville, USA occupied in Detroit.
Both Macca and Gordy will perform on the sparkling new piano at the fundraiser.
While on his last tour, McCartney had a chance to tour the museum before his performance at Detroit’s 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.
“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 Motown Museum founder Esther Gordy, told 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 wanting to attend can contact the museum.
- Vincent Roszkowski, WCBS-FM