Martha Reeves

One of the leading ladies of R&B in the 1960s, Martha Reeves was the earthy, powerful leader of Martha Reeves and the Vandellas, a Motown female act that scored some of the label's biggest hits between 1964 and 1967 ... Read more »
Born: 07/18/1941 in Eufaula, Alabama, USA

Filmography

Actor (11)

Re:Generation Music Project 2012 (Movie)

Herself (Actor)

VH1 Divas Celebrates Soul 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Actor

Motown: The Early Years 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

The 60's Experience 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

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Definitely Dusty 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

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Motown 40: The Music Is Forever 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

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Rock & Roll 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

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The Legendary Ladies 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

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Motown Returns to the Apollo 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

Actor

Adult Fairy Tales 1977 (Movie)

Aunt LaVoh (Actor)

Flip Wilson... Of Course 1974 - 1975 (TV Show)

Actor
Music (1)

The Best of Cinemax Sessions 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Song Performer

Biography

One of the leading ladies of R&B in the 1960s, Martha Reeves was the earthy, powerful leader of Martha Reeves and the Vandellas, a Motown female act that scored some of the label's biggest hits between 1964 and 1967, including "(Love is Like a) Heat Wave," "Dancing in the Street" and "Jimmy Mack. " Reeves and the Vandellas' blend of church fire and street sass offered a grittier alternative to Motown's premier female vocal act, The Supremes, which endeared them to rock and pop listeners alike. The Vandellas' fortunes ran out in the early 1970s, after which Reeves struggled to establish herself as a solo artist. She experienced a respectable comeback in the 1980s before moving into Detroit city politics for the better part of the 2000s. Though not quite as successful on the charts as Diana Ross and the Supremes, Martha Reeves and the Vandellas enjoyed lasting favor among music fans that took their music as a clarion call to get loose, get sweaty and enjoy life.

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