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Martha Reeves

October 7, 2021

Musician; Martha Reeves Enterprises, Inc. “Martha and the Vandellas”

Reeves may be best known for her string of hit Motown songs in the 1960s, including “Dancing in the Streets” and “(Love is like a) Heat Wave,” among others, as the lead singer in the group Martha and the Vandellas. While born in Alabama, Reeves moved to Detroit with her family as a baby and has become a fixture in the Motor City. She served as an elected councilwoman for the city from 2005-2009.

At age 80, she continues to perform concerts and club dates both solo and with the Vandellas (currently her sisters, Lois and Delphine.) She was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1995 and is also the recipient of the Dinah Washington Award, a Rhythm n’ Blues Foundation Pioneer Award, a Black Woman in Publishing Legends Award, and has been inducted in the Alabama, Soul, Rock and Roll and Vocal Group halls of fame. Martha Reeves and the Vandellas are listed among Rolling Stone magazine’s 100 Immortal Artists.