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About Martha Reeves & The Vandellas

A former Motown Records secretary, Martha Reeves made her recording debut for the label in 1962 when Mary Wells failed to arrive for a session to record "I’ll Have to Let Him Go." Although the single flopped, Reeves and her group, the Vandellas, were eventually featured on Marvin Gaye’s 1962 hit "Stubborn Kind of Fellow" before scoring American chart success of their own with "Come and Get These Memories." Their follow-up, the dynamic "Heat Wave," was a smash, and "Quicksand" repeated the formula with a Top 10 chart placing. "Dancing in the Street" represented the pinnacle of their sound and was one of the most successful records on Motown, peaking at the Number Two spot. A strong run of hits followed, including "Nowhere to Run," "I’m Ready For Love," and the infectious "Jimmy Mack."

ORIGIN
Detroit, MI
FORMED
1963

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