[moh-toun] /ˈmoʊˌtaʊn/

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

recording label launched 1960 by Berry Gordy Jr., from Mo(tor) Town, perhaps based on Motor City, a nickname for Detroit attested by 1911.


Detroit, the Motor City: records made in Motown


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