The Motown studio worked around the clock, producing literally hundreds of recordings. But while the conventional wisdom in the record business was to release 10 records in the hope that one would be a hit, Gordy operated a system of strict quality control. At nine o’clock each Friday morning he presided over the product-evaluation meeting, where producers and songwriters would crowd into his office to pitch for their recordings to be released, Gordy demanding, ‘If you had a dollar, would you buy this record, or buy a sandwich?’
This is how you build Hitsville, USA. From Berry Gordy: The man who built Motown.