Thursday, December 19, 2019

Martha Reeves & The Vandellas

Martha Reeves and The Vandellas


Along with the Supremes, Martha & the Vandellas defined the distaff side of the Motown sound in the '60s. Their biggest hits, including "Heat Wave," "Dancing in the Street," and "Nowhere to Run," remain among the most potent and enduring dance records of the era. The vocal group was led by Martha Reeves who, along with fellow Detroit natives Annette Sterling Beard, Gloria Williams, and Rosalind Ashford, founded the Del-Phis in 1960. After Reeves landed a secretarial position at the offices of Motown Records, the Del-Phis were tapped to record a one-off single for the label's Melody imprint, which they cut under the name the Vels.


The single fizzled, and Williams exited, reducing the group to a trio. After backing Marvin Gaye on the superb 1962 record "Stubborn Kind of Fellow," they were renamed Martha & the Vandellas, taking inspiration from Detroit's Van Dyke Street and Reeves' heroine, Della Reese. When singer Mary Wells failed to show up for a recording date, musicians' union rules demanded that a vocalist be found to fulfill contractual obligations. As a result, Reeves was yanked from the secretarial pool and laid down what would become Martha & the Vandellas' first record, 1963's "I'll Have to Let Him Go."




























15 comments:

Iulian said...

Hello, what´s the password for this? Thank you!!

Ozzieguy said...

Hello
MMB
I will be changing it all soon. I will place a link to each album
Regards
Ozzieguy

Iulian said...

Thank you so much! ❤❤❤

Ozzieguy said...

You are very welcome Iulian, I will do it very soon.
Regards
Ozzieguy

Ozzieguy said...

Iulian - All updated as promised.

Iulian said...

That was fast! thank you!!!

Ozzieguy said...

Very welcome Iulian, ENJOY the great music.

Anonymous said...



Many thanks, Albert

albert1946 said...


Many thanks

Albert

Ozzieguy said...

You are very welcome albert, enjoy the lovely music and if you have a request then send it to me and I will search my studio.

MrMaxxmo said...

Hi Ozzie Guy! Would you happen to have Martha Reeves and the Vandellas LIVE! from 1967...? Thanks for all the great music. MrMaxxmo

MrMaxxmo said...

Hi Ozzie Guy! Would you happen to have Martha Reeves and the Vandellas LIVE! from 1967...? Thanks for all the great music. MrMaxxmo

Ozzieguy said...

Hello MrMaxxmo.
Not too sure if I do have that album but I will do a search in my studio.

Anonymous said...

You are my hero

Ozzieguy said...

LOL, thank you my friend.