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    Wed, 14 Jul 2010 17:17:04

    The Village People Not Changing Name of "Y.M.C.A." - Even though the centers are now just known as "Ys"

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    The Village People lead singer Victor Willis has said that the band will not change the title of their hit song "Y.M.C.A." just because the YMCA is now known officially as just "the Y." That's what I call standing your ground.

    The Associated Press reports that Willis released a statement Monday after the Chicago-based U.S. nonprofit announced that it's changing both its logo and name to "the Y." Somehow, "It's fun to play at the Y…" just doesn't cut it, musically and melodically. Willis says the change won't affect the song - or the dance that goes along with it, in which participants use their arms to make the shape of each letter at weddings, high school proms, banquets, dances and other fun, silly, stupid family events.

    The AP also said that the name switch for the Y comes after more than two years of research indicated many people don't understand what the group does. The group's mission is to strengthen communities by focusing on youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. I guess people are just confused by the initials after all of these years?

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