However, Gordy, known for his tenacity, eventually prevailed, and the film established Williams as a major movie star.
As part of The Corporation he wrote a number of hit songs for The Jackson 5, including "I Want You Back" and "ABC".
The store was unsuccessful, and Gordy sought work at the Lincoln-Mercury plant, but his family connections put him in touch with Al Green (no relation to the singer Reverend Al Green), owner of the Flame Show Bar Talent Club, where he met the singer Jackie Wilson.
In 1957 Wilson recorded "Reet Petite", a song Gordy had co-written with his sister Gwen and writer-producer Billy Davis.
Originally, Gordy wanted to name the new label Tammy Records, after the song recorded by Debbie Reynolds.
However, that name was taken, and he chose the name Tamla Records. "Come to Me" by Marv Johnson was issued as Tamla 101.