Martha & the Vandellas
Birth Place: Detroit, Michigan, United States
Years Active: 1962-1972
Genres: R&B, Soul, Pop
Martha & The Vandellas was an American vocal group whose music incorporated doo-wop, R&B, traditional blues and soul. Founded in 1960 by friends Annette Beard, Rosalind Ashford and Gloria Williams, the band eventually included Martha Reeves, who moved up in ranks as lead vocalist of the group after Williams' departure in 1962. As teenagers, Ashford and Annette Beard were members of a girl group called The Del-Phis. The group performed at local venues with Gloria Williams on lead vocals. The group started out with six members, but became a trio by the time Alabama-born vocalist Martha Reeves joined, who had been a member of a rival group, the Fascinations. By 1961, the group, known as...