Martha and the Vandellas
Fred Schneider & Kate Pierson (B-52s)
Rosalind "Roz" Ashford-Holmes
The brazen Motown girl group with an unyielding R&B edge.
Martha and the Vandellas were the Supremes’ tougher, more grounded counterpart. With her cheeky, fervent vocals, Martha Reeves led the group in a string of dance anthems that are irresistible to this day.
Members of the The B-52's Induct Martha & The VandellasFred Schneider and Kate Pierson of the The B-52's Induct Martha & The Vandellas at the 1995 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony
Members of the The B-52's Induct Martha & The Vandellas00:03:48
Martha & The Vandellas Acceptance Speech
"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.
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