Martha Reeves & The Vandellas to perform at Cambridge Corn Exchange next week
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Calling out around the world...Martha Reeves & The Vandellas are just a week away from perfoming at the Cambridge Corn Exchange.
The First Lady of Motown and bona fide soul diva will give a powerful performance as part of a tour to mark 50 years since the group’s era-defining hit Dancing in the Street.
This promises to be a must-see concert for any soul fans – or just those who want to take a trip down memory lane and indulge in some 1960s’ nostalgia.
The tour – named Calling Out Around the World – recreates the Motown sound behind their success. Having recorded in the styles of soul, doo-wop, R&B, pop, and blues, and having scored over a dozen million-selling hit singles including Jimmy Mack, Nowhere to Run, Third Finger, Left Hand and Heatwave, their credentials are firmly established in music history. The group’s legacy lives on through the famous Dancing in the Street cover by David Bowie and Mick Jagger, and Bruce Springsteen’s much-loved adaptation Racing in the Street.
After her stint as the lead singer of the talented girl group, Reeves continued to expand her musical horizons, becoming a singer-songwriter accomplished in genres such as rock, jazz, country, gospel, blues, and classical. Still at home on the stage, she continues to perform, both solo and with her Vandellas - sisters Lois (Motown-era Vandella since 1967) and Delphine (since the mid-1980s).
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From cleaner to singing superstar, Reeves has a come a long way since her humble beginnings. Her ascent to the top of the music industry began in Detroit, the American city which was home to the car industry and a record company on the brink of becoming the sound of the States.
At 21, she was discovered by the A&R director of Motown Records, William ‘Mickey’ Stevenson, after he saw her singing in a club with a couple of friends.
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Three months later, when head of the label Berry Gordy Jr heard her singing on a demo, she got her first recording. After calling in her friends (the Vandellas), they scooped the golden ticket to sing backing vocals for Marvin Gaye.
But Reeves was not content to be in the shadow of a soul legend – she became one in her own right.
The Hunts Post has a pair of tickets to the show to give away.
To stand a chance of winning, just tell us which American state Detroit is in.
Email your answers, along with your name, address, and daytime telephone number, to email@example.com by the deadline of noon on Monday (September 15).
INFORMATION: Starts at 7.30pm on Wednesday, September 17. Tickets cost £24.50 from 01223 357851 or www.cornex.co.uk.