motown sound


Detroit, Michigan: a nickname.
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 and characterized by compact, danceable arrangements. Unabridged
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Motown (ˈməʊˌtaʊn)
trademark music combining rhythm and blues and pop, or gospel rhythms and modern ballad harmony
[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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Word Origin & History

recording label launched 1960 by Berry Gordy Jr., from Mo(tor) Town, nickname for Detroit.
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