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The Motels: Growing Up In Motels

Steven X Rea, Trouser Press, July 1980

"THERE'S SOMEONE on the Ameche for you, Mom," chimes in Maria Davis, 13-year-old daughter of Motels lead singer/songwriter/sometime rhythm guitarist Martha Davis, 29. Ameche? "The telephone," a smiling Martha explains. "She saw Ball of Fire on TV the other day – the old Gary Cooper-Barbara Stanwyck film. It's a slang term they use. I think it came from Don Ameche's role in The Story of Alexander Graham Bell."

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