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Motown Building Razed for Super Bowl Parking

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Motown Building Razed for Super Bowl Parking

Motown Building Razed for Super Bowl Parking

Motown Building Razed for Super Bowl Parking

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Marvin Gaye's signature on the 1971 recording notes for the album What's Going On. The document was among those retrieved from the building. DetroitFunk hide caption

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Marvin Gaye's signature on the 1971 recording notes for the album What's Going On. The document was among those retrieved from the building.

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A piece of Detroit music history is torn down to make way for parking for the upcoming Super Bowl. The Motown Center, which once housed the famous record label, had been abandoned for more than 30 years.

A wrecking crew tears down an abandoned building that once housed Motown Records in downtown Detroit, Jan. 22, 2006. Rebecca Cook/Reuters hide caption

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A wrecking crew tears down an abandoned building that once housed Motown Records in downtown Detroit, Jan. 22, 2006.

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When Motown left town, the company left behind a huge amount of memos and paperwork, often signed by Motown artists. In 2004, Detroit area resident Randy Wilcox went inside the building. Michele Norris talks with Wilcox about what he found.