Motown


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Motown

(ˈməʊˌtaʊn)
n
(Music, other) 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]

Mo•town

(ˈmoʊˌtaʊn)

n.
1. Detroit, Michigan: a nickname.
2. an upbeat, often pop-influenced style of rhythm and blues associated with Detroit and with numerous black vocalists since the 1950s.

Motown

A record company set up in the 1960s in Detroit (the Motor Town” from which the name is derived) by Berry Gordy, Jr. The name became associated with a characteristic style of black music that combined rhythm and blues with the rhythms and ballad style of pop music, often with orchestral backing. The company featured a stable of songwriters and composers that scored many hits in the 1960s and 70s, including Smokey Robinson and The Supremes.
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Noun1.Motown - the largest city in Michigan and a major Great Lakes portMotown - the largest city in Michigan and a major Great Lakes port; center of the United States automobile industry; located in southeastern Michigan on the Detroit river across from Windsor
Great Lakes State, Michigan, Wolverine State, MI - a midwestern state in north central United States in the Great Lakes region
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