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What or who is a vandella as in Martha Reeves and the Vandellas?

Question #131952. Asked by endoverend.
Last updated Apr 10 2023.
Originally posted Jul 23 2013 10:29 PM.

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The Vandellas were named after Van Dyke Street in Detroit and singer Della Reese.

[From 2013 article, no longer online]

Response last updated by CmdrK on Apr 10 2023.
Jul 23 2013, 10:48 PM
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The Vandellas were not named after Van Dyke Street and Della Reese, they received their name from Barry Gordy, the CEO of their record company, Gordy, which was a subsidiary of Motown Records.

Whether it was taken from "vandella", a ghost-walker in Ethiopianfol lore is unknown.

Response last updated by CmdrK on Apr 10 2023.
Apr 10 2023, 2:53 PM
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