Skip to comments.Soul's Survivors: Martha Reeves Celebrates 50th (Anniversary of 'Dancing in the Street')
Posted on 06/09/2014 1:41:29 PM PDT by nickcarraway
In honor of Black Music Month, Dean Meminger honors legendary musicians in the ongoing NY1 series "Soul's Survivors," starting with Motown hit-maker Martha Reeves.
That Motown sound has been pulling fans closer to Martha Reeves and the Vandellas from the time they hit the music charts more than 50 years ago. And one of their first hits was a scorcher.
Martha Reeves is still working up a sweat performing that song and many of her other hits on stages around the world.
"We've been singing these songs since 19... oh who cares. And they still sound good to me," Reeves says.
She refuses to say which one her hits is her favorite.
"Every song is special to me. Every song means something to me and I sing it with joy," Reeves says.
"This is our fiftieth anniversary of 'Dancing in the Street' and I am happy to celebrate it. Fifty, fifty years!" Reeves says. "It has been fifty wonderful years."
She says "Dancing in the Street" was actually about having a good time, but it became an anthem for the civil rights and Black Power movement.
"I can image someone thinking that's what we were talking about, especially with Marvin Gaye's flavor, because he wrote the song," says Reeves. "So if we could dance instead of burning the stores down and fighting and throwing bricks and thingsif we can dance instead of that, that's what I think Marvin meant."
Reeves was signed with Motown for about ten years starting in the early 60s.
Her other hits include "Jimmy Mack," "Come Get These Memories" and "Nowhere to Run."
Although a love song, "Nowhere to Run" also became a hit people associated with the Vietnam War and football games.
Reeves says no matter what meaning listeners get out of her songs, she'll keep on performing them as long as she can.
"After 50 years, it is still music that makes you happy, makes you dance, makes you love your loved ones," Reeves says.
When is white music month?
Or Hispanic music month?
Or Asian music month?
“Doesn’t matter what you wear - just as long as you are there.”
My advice — wear steel toe boots.
Dancing in the streets? I’ve always hated that song with a passion.
I saw Martha Reeves perform at El Camino College, near Los Angeles, in 1983. She had the audience dancing in the aisles.
The song came out right after we started bombing North Vietnam in 1965. With their sanctuary from air attacks north of the Demilitarized Zone now gone, the North Vietnamese now had nowhere to run to escape the bombs.
Heatwave is MUCH better.
I didn’t know there was a black music month. It must butt up against gay pride month.
Do you folks know she was on the dysfunctional Detroit City Council for the longest time ?
“If you got your driver’s license in them ‘60s, please check this out. It’s Martha Reeves & The Vandellas on the ‘65 Mustang assembly line with Murry The K singing Nowhere To Run. Sometimes you see things like this and realize that there’s nothing left of the world you grew up in, just nothing. “
If you show this video to EPA and OSHA bureaucrats, their heads will flat explode.