Motown Vocal Legend
About Martha Reeves & the Vandellas
Martha Reeves and the Vandellas are one of the quintessential ensembles in American Popular music. With hits like “Heat Wave,” “Dancing In the Street,” and “Nowhere To Run,” the Vandellas became, for many, the sound of Motown Records.
Martha and the Vandellas recorded throughout the Sixties for Gordy’s Motown label, charting 24 R&B hits, and became one of the company’s most successful touring acts. As female artists at Motown, they were outshone only by Diana Ross and the Supremes, with whom they competed for resources and attention. When the company moved west in 1971, Martha and the Vandellas parted ways with Motown. They performed a farewell concert in Detroit, and Reeves embarked on a solo career with the big-budget album Martha Reeves in 1974. Martha and the Vandellas regrouped toward the end of the Seventies, and the group received a boost when the Motown 25th anniversary TV special aired in 1983. Martha and the Vandellas continue to perform, enduring as one of the most visible reminders of Motown’s glory days.
Martha Reeves and the Vandellas were inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1995 and the Vocal Group Hall of Fame in 2003. The songs “(Love Is Like a) Heat Wave” and “Dancing in the Street” are part of the Grammy Hall of Fame and were both included in the list of The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s 500 Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll.