Radio Mans fave with Martha & The Vandellas


Dancing in the Street

Martha and the Vandellas (known from 1967 to 1972 as Martha Reeves & The Vandellas) were an American vocal girl group formed in Detroit in 1957. The group achieved fame in the 1960s with Motown.

An act founded by friends Annette BeardRosalind Ashford and Gloria Williams, the group eventually included Martha Reeves, who moved up in ranks as lead vocalist of the group after Williams’ departure in 1962. The group signed with and eventually recorded all of their singles for Motown’s Gordy imprint.

The group’s string of hits included “Come and Get These Memories“, “Heat Wave“, “Quicksand“, “Nowhere to Run“, “Jimmy Mack“, “I’m Ready for Love“, “Bless You” and “Dancing in the Street“, the latter song becoming their signature single.

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  1. Great song. When it first came out it was interpreted as a happy song about people getting together to dance (have fun) in the street. Later it was used by some of the civil rights activists as a call to protest in the street.

    In 1968, the Rolling Stones put out Street Fighting Man and changed the Vandellas line from

    Summer’s here and the time is right
    For dancing in the street


    ‘Cause summer’s here and the time is right
    For fighting in the street


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