Martha and The Vandellas

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'A legend in her own right': Carolyn Franklin, Aretha's forgotten sister
She was a genius songwriter and singer but could never escape her sibling’s shadow – and died at just 43. Family and friends including Martha Reeves and Bettye Lavette celebrate the life of a cruelly overlooked artist

Fraser Morris

07, Jan, 2021 @12:37 PM

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'We had been beat down a lot': the story behind 60s protest anthem Dancing in the Street
Martha Reeves discusses the making of and the political impact of a Motown hit that became the unintentional soundtrack to a tumultuous time in America

Jim Farber

01, Jul, 2020 @6:35 AM

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Eddie and Brian Holland on their greatest songs: 'Motown feels like it was a miracle'
The legendary songwriters run through their finest compositions – many inspired by their precarious love lives – for the Supremes, the Four Tops and more

Dave Simpson

17, Oct, 2019 @11:57 AM

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How we made Dancing in the Street
Martha Reeves: ‘Marvin Gaye saw me ogling him and said: “How about we try Martha on this song?” It became the Motown anthem’

Interviews by Dave Simpson

09, Feb, 2016 @7:00 AM

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Martha Reeves and the Vandellas review – still hitting a high note
At 73, the Motown star has a classic and timeless appeal, and generates a dangerous amount of energy on stage.

Dave Simpson

13, Jul, 2015 @12:11 PM

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Martha Reeves: ‘The only thing that can change things is music’
The Motown legend recalls bringing segregated audiences together – and dismisses much of today’s music as ‘people talking to toys’

Tim Jonze

16, Apr, 2015 @5:23 PM

60s girl groups: 10 of the best
Girl groups might have been responsible for the sweetest 60s music, but their lyrics covered everything from teenage pregnancy to frightening dogs, as this playlist shows

Tim Jonze

23, Jul, 2014 @10:42 AM

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Martha Reeves – Edinburgh festival 2013 review

Off-piste a cappella and audience participation brought this gig memorably to life, writes Graeme Virtue

Graeme Virtue

08, Aug, 2013 @11:07 AM

Dancing in the Street: who does it best?

Judith Mackrell: Do Mick Jagger and David Bowie win, or are they outclassed by Martha and the Vandellas?

Judith Mackrell

01, Aug, 2013 @12:19 PM

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Martha Reeves and the Vandellas – review
Martha Reeves clearly retains a passion and joy for performing, but does not always play to the strengths of her latterday voice, writes Maddy Costa

Maddy Costa

24, Jan, 2012 @7:15 PM

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Blog: My lifelong love affair with Motown

Richard Williams: I remember being overwhelmed when I first heard Heat Wave by Martha and the Vandellas surging out of the wireless. My life has been enriched with the sound ever since

Richard Williams

12, Jan, 2009 @12:48 PM

Martha Reeves and the Vandellas

Reeves retains the voice, the presence and, even when visibly out of breath between songs, the quick, peppery wit, writes Dorian Lynskey

Dorian Lynskey

18, Aug, 2008 @11:01 PM

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