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Martha Reeves is an American pop and R&B singer best remembered as the lead singer of the group Martha and the Vandellas.
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10; R&B No. 1). The group also made several TV appearances during this period, on series such as The Ed Sullivan Show, The Mike Douglas Show and American Bandstand.
Between continuously living in the shadow of Diana Ross and her Supremes and the burden of churning out an endless stream of hits, Martha Reeves eventually succumbed to the pressures surrounding her and developed an addiction to prescription drugs. On top of that, by 1969, HRH had ended their affiliation with Motown Records, and the Vandellas started to come apart at the seams. They played a farewell concert in Detroit and disbanded in 1972. That same year, Motown moved its operations from Detroit to Los Angeles, and Reeves left the label for MCA and became a solo artist.
Afterward, Reeves spent years making records, but they never reached the level of success enjoyed by the Vandellas. In 1994, she released an autobiography, Dancing in The Street, (Confessions of a Motown Diva). In 1995, she was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
For many years, Martha Reeves served as a member of the City Council of the City of Detroit. Outside of this role and others she's had in more recent years, she has continued to perform old Martha and the Vandellas songs to live audiences.
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