Hi everyone. Hope you are all well and continue to stay that way during this global health crisis we are facing. But in addition to protecting your physical wellness, what are you doing to stay mentally healthy today?
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I know we are in a serious situation, but I need a break from the gloom, doom and bullying by way of hoarding. Music has always been my refuge and watching those beautiful Italians singing to each other from their balconies reaffirmed my belief that music is the answer. So until the old normal returns, I am going to share a song I listen to that helps me escape the current state of things, if only for a few minutes each day. And if this helps anyone else, even better.
Time for another mid-week Motown break. I adore Martha & The Vandellas. Lead singer Martha Reeves met Vandella Rosalind Ashford in the late 1950’s when she joined her and another singer, Annette Beard, in a group called The Del-Phis. By 1962 they were known as The Vels backing up Marvin Gaye on his song, “Stubborn Kind Of Fellow”. Then the female singers recorded a demo for Motown in singer Mary Wells absence and were offered a recording contract by label president Berry Gordy. At that point they christened themselves by the group name they would become famous with. In 1964 Beard left the group to have her first child so she was replaced by Betty Kelley, who joined just in time to record the trio’s signature hit, “Dancing In The Street”. Kelley was fired from the group during the summer of 1967 allegedly for arguments with Reeves and for missing performances. But a lot of the tension in the group came from declining record sales & their loss of Gordy’s support of them and many other Motown artists while he took over Diana Ross’ career to turn her into the first lady of the label. By 1972 the group broke up when Reeves pursued a solo career. That was the end of my favorite female group from the Motor City. But in their prime, Martha & The Vandellas made some great music.
“Each night as I sleep, into my heart you creep
I wake up feelin’ sorry I met you, hoping soon that I’ll forget you
When I look in the mirror to comb my hair
I see your face just a smiling there“.
Martha and the Vandellas in 1965. (L-to-R) Rosalind Ashford, Martha Reeves, and Betty Kelley. (Image found online. Original source unknown.)
Martha & The Vandellas: “Nowhere To Run” (1965, written by Brian Holland, Lamont Dozier and Eddie Holland).
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