We're extremely excited to celebrate 4th July (and 5th) by welcoming soul royalty Martha Reeves & The Vandellas to the Blues Kitchen for two dates at our Brixton venue.
Martha's pedigree needs little validation. As lead singer of Motown's Martha and the Vandellas, she put out a string of the most popular records of the 1960s. Seen as a more passionate 'girl group' than fellow Motown regulars The Supremes, the Vandellas began life when Reeves, working in the A&R department at Motown Records, was called in alongside her friends as background singers for Marvin Gaye on "Stubborn Kind of Fellow" and "Hitch Hike". They would go on to record their first single "I'll Have to Let Him Go" as Martha and the Vandellas.
"Come and Get These Memories" was followed by two explosive dance records: "Heat Wave" and "Quicksand" before "Dancing in the Street" became their biggest hit of all.
Their other hits from the 60s include "Nowhere to Run and "I'm Ready for Love" Jimmy Mack" and "Honey Chile". After drug addiction in the 1970s, and the break up of the group in 1973, Reeves has lived drug free since 1977.
Her musical career has been legendary and her live show continues with all of the passion and energy of her earliest performances