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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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White, who writes about music and the music industry and was an executive at a record company, and Ales, who worked at Motown Records, offer an illustrated history of the record company and Motown style, from its beginnings in Detroit to its move to Los Angeles, with discussion of artists like Stevie Wonder, Smokey Robinson & the Miracles, Diana Ross & the Supremes, Marvin Gaye, the Jackson 5, and the Temptations, with photos and images of records and album covers.
Motown was called Motown Records not just because it was based in Detroit but because the label was modelled on the car production lines that Ford made famous in the city.
Mark Zuckerberg co-founded Facebook at 19 | Bill Gates co-founded Microsoft at 20 | Jane Austen wrote Pride and Prejudice by 20 | Given the choice between guitar and bicycle, Kurt Cobain chose the guitar - aged 14 | Stevie Wonder was signed by Motown Records at 10 | Dolly Parton made her firstever radio appearance at 11 | Steven Spielberg got his movie camera at 12 | Picasso started figure drawing and oil painting lessons when he was 7.
com)-- Preach the Word Worldwide Network Television (PTWWN TV) is hosting music industry showcases in Tallahassee Florida and surrounding areas in an effort to find undiscovered superstar talent for Motown Gospel, a record label recently formed by a joint venture between Motown Records and EMI Gospel.
Ne-Yo, who was recently appointed senior vice president of A&R at Motown Records, insisted that modern day pop stars like Gaga will not stand the test of time - unlike their Motown counterparts.
Between 1961 and 1971 Motown Records recorded 110 Top Ten hits.
In its golden age, from 1959 to 1972, the sound Berry Gordy pioneered at Motown Records in Detroit was the soundtrack for Black America.
The Jackson took over the music world by storm when Motown Records introduced them in the 1960s as The Jackson Five.
The Pips hit single "Midnight Train To Georgia" remains one of the most famous Motown records to date.
15 near the beach in Santa Monica, honored Doug Morris, chairman & CEO of Universal Music Group, and also celebrated the legacy of Motown Records, which turns 50 next year.