Happy Birthday to Motown legend Martha Reeves, who turns 72 today (July 18th)!!! Martha Reeves & The Vandellas are best remembered for their string of 1960's hits including "Dancing In The Street," "(Love Is Like A) Heatwave," "Nowhere To Run," and "Jimmy Mack."
From 2005 to 2009 Reeves held a seat on Detroit's city council. One of the many plans that she has proposed for the city was for Detroit to erect statues for such local artists as Aretha Franklin, the Temptations, the Supremes, and her own group, Martha Reeves & The Vandellas.
In 2006, the group's 1964 hit "Dancing In The Street" was included on the Library of Congress' National Recording Registry List.
Reeves credits the success of Motown as being one of the greatest collaborative efforts in rock n' roll: "It was like a collection of all of God's most talented here in Detroit. It took the Marvelettes making '(Please) Mr. Postman' to make people appreciate what Martha Reeves and the Vandellas did when we first sang 'Come And Get These Memories' and 'Heatwave.' Then it took our music with Holland-Dozier-Holland to make them understand how to produce a group like the Supremes and have ten Number Ones in a row (sic)."
Reeves told us that she believes that rappers are overshadowing modern day singers and that in this day and age the easiest way to be a performer is through rap and hip hop: "If rappers could sing, I'm sure they would. Rapping is taking over from where legitimate singers can't get an audience. But it's a proving ground, once you're onstage, and once you start communicating with your audiences, you see that you're appreciated as a professional and a legitimate talent."
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