WHATS ON: Martha Reeves and the Vandellas | Arts Club | 14.07.15

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There will be a chance to see a true Motown legend in Liverpool this summer when Martha Reeves and the Vandellas come to town. The world famous girl group will perform their biggest hits at the Arts Club, Seel Street on Tuesday 14 July 2015. TICKETS

It was 1962 that Motown’s Artist and Repertoire Director William “Mickey” Stevenson first heard the voice that would become synonymous with “the sound of young America.” A young jazz/blues singer with the unlikely name of “Martha Lavaille” was bringing audiences to their feet at Detroit’s famed 20 Grand Nightclub singing songs made popular by singers the likes of Gloria Lynne and Della Reese. He invited her to audition at the new Motown Records headquarters, “Hitsville, USA.”

Though the audition never happened, within a year, Martha had taken the reigns of the company’s A&R department, ingratiating herself. She saw that musicians showed up on time and got paid. She watched, learned, and whenever opportunity presented itself, she sang. And when she did, everyone took notice. When Mary Wells couldn’t make a session, Martha was called to the mic. With her group, the Del Phi’s, she recorded “I’ll Have to Let Him Go,” and Martha and the Vandellas was born.

The group went on to record some of the most recognisable songs of the Motown era such as (Love Is Like a) Heat Wave, Nowhere to Run, Jimmy Mack and Dancing in the Street.

Tuesday 14th July 2015
Martha Reeves and the Vandellas
Arts Club

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