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    Cellarful of Motown [Vol 1] has "On The Avenue"...

    Yes it's out there on bootlegs, for example track 14 on "In The Snakepit".

    https://www.discogs.com/The-Funk-Brothers-In-the-Snakepit/release/8199027
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    I agree with 144man, this is not important. It...

    I agree with 144man, this is not important. It just means you don't capitalize "the" when writing and there are some cases where you could drop "the" altogether. I would always say "by the Four...
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    I always heard people say "the Four Tops", and of...

    I always heard people say "the Four Tops", and of course when someone is speaking you can't tell if "the" is capitalized or not. I thought it was "The Four Tops" until about 15 years ago.

    In many...
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    You'll need luck to find a used copy at a...

    You'll need luck to find a used copy at a reasonable price now.

    I think this was released in 2006. It was still readily available when I bought mine in 2009 but by 2011 it was sold out:...
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    Yes a couple of the titles are circled in red and...

    Yes a couple of the titles are circled in red and there's a red X. It looks like they scanned or photographed the center label of an LP [it says "33 Stereo", I guess this was an acetate] which...
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    Now that it’s settled - it’s “The Elgins” with a...

    Now that it’s settled - it’s “The Elgins” with a soft g and it’s “stadia”, not “stadiums” - maybe it's time to discuss some Motown alba in these SoulfulDetroit fora? ;)
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    Perhaps it's also because these are CD-Rs, which...

    Perhaps it's also because these are CD-Rs, which are burned onto blank discs, as opposed to properly manufactured audio CDs which are quite different and more durable. But it seems like calling it a...
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    In that video, Douglas mentions that no planes...

    In that video, Douglas mentions that no planes could land at the airport and says something about being "socked in". I wasn't familiar with that expression but found that it refers to an airport...
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    That is a bit surprising. As they were already...

    That is a bit surprising. As they were already performing in New Jersey, one would think that they would have included their upcoming single in their set list - in concert and on tv - in order to...
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    Yes the youtube poster of the shorter video wrote...

    Yes the youtube poster of the shorter video wrote that it was October 5, 1966, and it does seem that Martha & The Vandellas were on that show:

    https://www.imdb.com/title/tt8380408/

    That listing...
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    I hear so many different accents and...

    I hear so many different accents and pronunciations [from both native and non-native English speakers] that, as long as I understand what's being said, I don't really think about it - except maybe to...
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    I've noticed some people doing that over the...

    I've noticed some people doing that over the years but I didn't think much about it - maybe I just thought these people found "th" difficult to pronounce, if I thought about it at all. But now I see...
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    Interesting Robb, thanks for that. More...

    Interesting Robb, thanks for that.



    Just reading a bit about it online, though, I see that following some controversial spelling reforms about 15 years ago, the Dutch mainstream media released...
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    Yes after all this, that's really my point. ...

    Yes after all this, that's really my point.

    Some languages, or countries, have official bodies that set the standards - such as de Nederlandse Taalunie for Dutch in the Netherlands and Belgium,...
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    No worries. I have that 4-cd set "The Master",...

    No worries. I have that 4-cd set "The Master", with the anthem, as an "ear book" - the cds come in a large book with lots of great photos. Not sure if that's the only way that set was issued. ...
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    Well, I misspelled "pronunciation" repeatedly...

    Well, I misspelled "pronunciation" repeatedly above. I wonder if I've been misspelling that word for my entire life or if I just forgot it, slipped up, or whatever. I don't know. [Not that it's a...
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    Please don't take it the wrong way, I'm just...

    Please don't take it the wrong way, I'm just pointing out that at the same time that you wrote that the participle must be "spelt" [ie it's irregular], you used the participle for "spell" as a...
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    If "spell" can only be an irregular verb [spell /...

    If "spell" can only be an irregular verb [spell / spelt / spelt], shouldn't that be:

    "It should be spelt 's-p-e-l-t' ..." ?

    One wouldn't write or say, "It should be builded..."
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    As I wrote, it was Webster who changed it to...

    As I wrote, it was Webster who changed it to “plow” in the US. His changes were not generally adopted in Canada, which was a British possession. A few other changes he made in the US:

    color for...
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    Yes I get you. I was living in Germany when they...

    Yes I get you. I was living in Germany when they had the 1996 spelling reform [agreed upon by Austria, Switzerland, and Liechtenstein as well], meant to simplify spelling. I guess you are familiar...
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    Yes I was wondering the same, that's why I posted...

    Yes I was wondering the same, that's why I posted that above. Not that Marvin would have wanted to do anything as "radical" [for the time] as Feliciano, but maybe he would have liked to add a little...
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    While I agree with you that American influence is...

    While I agree with you that American influence is advancing relentlessly [as British influence once was, in a different way], the specific details of your examples are more complicated.

    There are...
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    Ernie Harwell, who did play-by-play for the...

    Ernie Harwell, who did play-by-play for the Detroit Tigers on the radio for so many years, said that he was asked by the general manager of the Tigers to pick singers to perform the national anthem...
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    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QNydcwDriuU ...

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QNydcwDriuU

    The videos I found all had talking over the opening, this has no talking [other than the announcer in the arena] but is audio only:

    ...
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    Then why not say "platinium", pla-TIN-ee-um? I...

    Then why not say "platinium", pla-TIN-ee-um? I know there are many more ending in -ium, but there are a few ending in -num as well. It seems arbitrary to me so I can go either way on it. Of course...
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