Martha Reeves

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Martha Reeves tells of her six-month secretarial stint at Motown

 

 

By Charles Hallman

Staff Writer

 

Motown legend Martha Reeves is featured in a new documentary released in February that features collaborations between veteran and younger, newer performers. She recorded a track about Detroit with Crystal Method for “Re-Generation.”

“The Detroit that I knew will never exist again,” admits Reeves during an exclusive interview with the MSR in January. Her memories of suddenly being called off stage in July 1967 because of a riot that began in the city “always will be etched in my mind,” notes Reeves. “It was scary.”

Martha and the Vandellas was the second all-female group inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1995, nearly a decade after the Supremes in 1988. Reeves, Rosalind Ashford and Annette Beard produced nearly 30 hits including “Heat Wave” and “Dancing in the Street” for Motown. Continue Reading →

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Martha Reeves and the Vandellas bring memories like a ‘Heat Wave’ to Dakota

By James L. Stroud, Jr.
Contributing Writer

 

Fans of Martha Reeves and the Vandellas who were fortunate enough to get tickets to one of the four sold-out performances at the Dakota Jazz Club in Minneapolis on January 11 and 12 witnessed one Motown’s greatest groups ever and one of the greatest female groups in music history. In fact, in 1995 Martha Reeves and the Vandellas were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, becoming just the second all-female group to be inducted. The group was first known as Martha and the Vandellas before their name was changed in 1967. Their classic songs include “(Love Is Like a) Heat Wave” (1963), “Dancing in the Street” (1964), “Nowhere to Run” (1965), “I’m Ready for Love” (1966), “Jimmy Mack” (1967) and “Honey Chile” (1967). Martha Reeves went solo in 1972. Continue Reading →

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1960s icon visits History Center’s 1968 Exhibit

 

 
Martha Reeves reflects on her life then and now
 

 

By Charles Hallman

Staff Writer

 

As she slowly strolled through the “1968 Exhibit” now at the Minnesota History Center in St. Paul, Martha Reeves reflected on a time that many consider a turning point for this nation. In town to perform at the Dakota Jazz Club in downtown Minneapolis, Reeves, who is in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, shared comments with the MSR during her walk through the exhibit on January 12. Now 70 years old, Reeves talked fondly of the vintage fashions and pop culture of the day. “We could wear our hair long…I loved that,” she said of the Peace Movement. Continue Reading →

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