Friday, November 17, 2006
Yahoo LAUNCHCAST song of the day
Artist:Martha Reeves & The Vandellas
Song:Nowhere To Run
As with The Marvelettes, Martha Reeves & The Vandellas were always going be second fiddle to The Supremes as a Motown girl group. But they had some huge hits. And it all happened by accident. Martha Reeves had a group called The Del-Fis. Motown producer Mickey Stevenson took a liking to her and hired her as a secretary. One day Mary Wells missed a recording date. Martha filled in and the rest is history. Most of their hits, including Nowhere To Run, were written and produced by Brian & Eddie Holland and Lamont Dozier, known as Holland/Dozier/Holland. Martha left Motown when they moved to LA in the early 70s. She has recorded occasionally with limited success and works the oldies concert circuit. This Greatest Hits comp was originally released in 1966. It's a little short at 12 tracks and Motown has recently released a 2CD comp called Gold that even includes some post Motown recordings. Martha Reeves was a great singer at Motown and brought her church roots and enthusiasm to their sound.