"Martha Rose Reeves" (born July 18, 1941 in Eufaula, Alabama) is an American R&B and soul singer and was the lead singer of the legendary Motown girl group Martha & the Vandellas. During her tenure as Motown's reigning female chart-topper, second only to Diana Ross in the 1960s, Reeves and the Vandellas scored over a dozen hit singles including "Dancing in the Street", "Nowhere to Run" and "Jimmy Mack".
She was born the eldest of eleven children to Elijah Joshua and Ruby Lee Gilmore Reeves. The Reeves family moved to Detroit, Michigan right after Martha's birth. Reeves was brought up in church, for her grandfather Elijah Reeves was a minister at Detroit's Metropolitan Church. As a teenager going to Northwestern High School, she was vocally coached by Abraham Silver, who also coached future Motown stars Florence Ballard and Mary Wilson (of The Supremes) and Bobby Rogers (of The Miracles).
After graduating high school, she participated in several groups and joined a group with friends Rosalind Ashford, Annette Beard and Gloria Williamson to form the Del-Phis in 1960. The group struggled to get noticed though Reeves was discovered by Motown's A&R man, William "Mick...
|Born||July 18, 1941|
|Origin||Eufaula, Alabama, USA|
|Occupation||Singer, author and councilwoman|
|Years active||1959 - present|
|Associated acts||Martha and the Vandellas|