Martha Reeves Biography

Martha Reeves is an American pop and R&B singer best remembered as the lead singer of the group Martha and the Vandellas.

 

Born in Alabama in 1941, Martha Reeves grew up in Detroit and signed with Motown Records in the early 1960s. With several songs penned by famed songwriting team Holland-Dozier-Holland at the ready, Martha and the Vandellas went on to widespread pop and R&B success. Although the shadow of Diana Ross and the Supremes loomed large at the time, Martha and the Vandellas scored hit after hit, propelling the group to fame. Songs such as “(Love Is Like a) Heat Wave,” “Quicksand” and “Nowhere to Run” became staples of the era and have survived in the public consciousness long past Motown’s move to Los Angeles and the Vandellas’ 1972 breakup.

 

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