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YMCA Song Won't Change Despite Y's Name Change

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The YMCA is now known officially as just "the Y." The Chicago-based U.S. nonprofit announced Monday that it is changing both its logo and name to "the Y," marking its first branding change in 43 years.


VILLAGE PEOPLE: It's fun to stay at the Y-M-C-A. It's fun to stay at the YMCA.


Good morning. I'm Renee Montagne.

The announcement that the Young Man's Christian Association is shortening its acronym still further from YMCA to the younger, more Tweetable, The Y. It could be a great loss to song fests at weddings, baseball games and bar mitzvahs. The Village People say they are deeply dismayed by the organization's change, and, quote, "Still can't help but wonder why."


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