Martha and the Vandellas
Fred Schneider & Kate Pierson (B-52s)
Annette Sterlin Helton
Rosalind "Roz" Ashford-Holmes
Members of the B-52's Induct Martha and the VandellasKate Pierson and Fred Schneider of the B-52's Induct Martha and the Vandellas at the 1995 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony
Members of the B-52's Induct Martha and the Vandellas00:07:53
Martha and the Vandellas Acceptance Speech00:07:53
"Dancing in the Street"00:08:41
Hall of Fame Essay
If you had a pulse in the summer of 1964 and heard Martha Reeves’ piercing cry — "Calling out, around the world, are you ready for a brand-new beat?” — you might have recognized it as the siren sound of Berry Gordy Jr.’s Motown Records.
When you are inside that song, Motown’s Sound of Young America is happening, and all is well in the world. As Reeves sings, "Summer’s here, and the time is right for dancing in the street,” to one of the most irresistible riff Motown’s Funk Brothers ever concocted, for that moment you are young and wild and utterly without a care.
When I heard the honey harmonies of the Vandellas and Martha’s mysterious voice, it was my call to party down.
Photography: Kevin Mazur, WireImage
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