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Martha and the Vandellas


1941

Martha Reeves, lead vocalist for Martha and the Vandellas, is born in Eufaula, AL.

1943

Rosalyn Asford was born.

1944

Betty Kelley was born.

1962

Martha and the Vandellas, led by Motown secretary Martha Reeves, are signed to Motown’s Gordy label.

1963

Martha and the Vandellas make the charts with “Come and Get These Memories” (#6 R&B, #29, pop).

1963

Martha and the Vandellas’ million-selling “Heat Wave” tops the R&B chart for five weeks and reaches #4 on the pop chart.

1964

“Quicksand” by Martha and the Vandellas reaches #8.

1964

“Dancing In the Street,” by Martha and the Vandellas, is #2 for two weeks, edged out from the top spot by Manfred Mann’s “Do Wah Diddy Diddy.”

1965

“Wild One” by Martha and the Vandellas charts at #34.

1965

“Nowhere to Run,” another blockbuster Motown single from Martha and the Vandellas, reaches the Top Ten.

1965

“You’ve Been In Love Too Long” by the Martha and the Vandellas charts at #36.

1966

“My Baby Loves Me” by Martha and the Vandellas charts at #22.

1966

“I’m Ready For Love” by Martha and the Vandellas charts at #9.

1967

“Jimmy Mack,” by Martha and the Vandellas, tops the R&B chart and becomes the girl group’s sixth Top Ten pop hit.

1967

“Love Bug Leave My Heart Alone” by Martha and the Vandellas peaks at #25.

1967

Martha Reeves and the Vandellas’ twelfth and last pop hit for Motown, “Honey Chile,” enters the Top Forty. They will, however, place nine more singles on the R&B chart over the next five years.

1971

Martha and the Vandellas perform their farewell concert in Detroit. Martha Reeves thereupon embarks on a solo career.

1978

The original members of Martha and the Vandellas reunite onstage for the first time in ten years and perform periodically thereafter.

1993

Martha and the Vandellas are inducted into the Rhythm and Blues Foundation at the organization’s annual Pioneer Awards.

1995

Martha and the Vandellas are inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame at the tenth annual induction dinner. Fred Schneider and Kate Pierson of the B-52’s are their presenters.

1995

Martha Reeves sings “Dancing in the Street” with John Mellencamp at the Concert for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

2003

Martha and the Vandellas are inducted into the Vocal Group Hall of Fame.

2003

Martha Reeves performs “Heat Wave” with fellow inductee Bruce Springsteen at Detroit’s Comercia Park.

Martha and the Vandellas