Influences on Martha and the Vandellas
Connecting the dots of artistic inspiration: a musical family tree
Martha Reeves names her father Benny Reeves among her most important musical influences: he led a gospel group called the Motor City Travelers. She was also influenced by the music of these artists:
Della Reese (She was the "della" in Vandellas; the "Van" came from Van Dyke Avenue in Detroit.)
Influenced by Martha and the Vandellas
Martha Reeves and the Vandellas' influence on contemporary music is reflected partly in the range of artists that have covered their work. Just this one hit, "Dancing in the Street," was covered by David Bowie and Mick Jagger, The Mamas and the Papas, The Grateful Dead, Van Halen, The Who, The Kinks, and Cilla Black. Bruce Springsteen pays homage to the song in "Racing in the Street."
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