Motown

[ moh-toun ]
/ ˈmoʊˌtaʊn /

noun

Also called Motown sound . an upbeat, often pop-influenced style of rhythm and blues associated with the city of Detroit and with numerous Black vocalists and vocal groups since the 1950s, characterized by compact, danceable arrangements.
a nickname for Detroit, Michigan.

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Origin of Motown

First recorded in 1965–70; from Motown, proprietary name for records released by the Motown Record Corporation of Detroit, Michigan, shortened from Motor Town, in reference to Detroit's major role as a motor vehicle producer
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Motown
/ (ˈməʊˌtaʊn) /

noun

trademark music combining rhythm and blues and pop, or gospel rhythms and modern ballad harmony

Word Origin for Motown

C20: from Motown Records of Detroit; from Mo (tor) Town, a nickname for Detroit, Michigan, centre of the US car industry
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