Martha Reeves, singer
Martha & the Vandellas

Martha Reeves

July 18, 1941, Eufala, AL

While throughout the 60s Diana Ross was the highest profile female singing star at Motown and was the major recipient of Berry Gordy's marketing efforts and personal affection, Martha Reeves was the other female anchor, an underrated performer who fronted a number of the label's biggest songs and ultimately became perhaps the most revered of the Motown stars in the Motor City. While Ross charmed with her seductive, slight soprano voice, Reeves showed a whole lotta church in her interpretations, belting out a series of memorable uptempo hits like she was singing joyous praises to God. ~ Soultracks: Martha Reeves ~ retrieved April 19, 2014 © Soultracks

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July 18, 1992 ~ Billboard Hot 100 ~ #3 (3) The Red Hot Chili Peppers, Under The Bridge ~ #2 (2) Mariah Carey, I'll Be There ~ #1 (1) Sir Mix-A-Lot, Baby Got Back


Martha Reeves & the Vandellas

Martha & the Vandellas ~ Inducted in the 1995 Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame ~ From the outset, Martha Reeves’ voice possessed an earthy, direct quality that distinguished her from other female singers - such as sultry Mary Wells or demure Diana Ross - at Motown. Her voice bore the righteous fervor of gospel and the flinty edginess of rhythm & blues, which, combined with Motown’s stylized pop-soul approach, made for a compelling package. Together with her backup singers, the Vandellas, Reeves recorded a classic run of singles in the mid-Sixties, most of them composed by the songwriting team of Brian Holland, Lamont Dozier and Eddie Holland. The Vandellas' hit streak included what may be the definitive Motown anthem, ‘Dancing in the Street,’ as well as such danceable blockbusters as ‘(Love Is Like a) Heat Wave,’ ‘Nowhere to Run” and ‘Jimmy Mack.’ ~ 1995 © Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame

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