The definitive Motown legends, famous internationally for 26 chart hits including ‘Dancing In The Street’, ‘Nowhere to Run’, ‘Heatwave’ & ‘Jimmy Mack’ perform a blistering set of soul classics on their FIRST EVER Manchester headline appearance complete with 8 piece live band. Taking to the stage within the stunning Manchester Ritz, a venue with a rich, lavish heritage and a recent £2 million refurbishment, staying true to it’s dancehall roots of the 1930s/1940s. This is a once in a lifetime chance to see a rare and exclusive performance from an all time true musical legend. Martha is a graceful, classy performer with a phenomenal voice, unforgettable songs and command of her audience in a way that only a Motown superstar can.
It was 1962 when Motown’s Artist and Repertoire Director William “Mickey” Stevenson first heard the voice that would become synonymous with “the sound of young America.” A young jazz/blues singer with the unlikely name of “Martha Lavaille” was bringing audiences to their feet at Detroit’s famed 20 Grand Nightclub singing songs made popular by singers the likes of Gloria Lynne and Della Reese. He invited her to audition at the new Motown Records headquarters, “Hitsville, USA.” Following this and their signing to Motown’s Gordy imprint, the rest is history.
The Vandellas’ popular recordings have become part of American culture with their 1964 “Dancing in the Street” being the obvious example and a song which has since been inducted to the Grammy Hall of Fame. One of the most covered and popular songs in rock & roll history, the song was revamped several times including a 1982 live recording by rock band Van Halen and a famed 1985 duet by rockers David Bowie and Mick Jagger, It is considered by many as the “Motown Anthem”. 1965′s “Nowhere to Run” has been featured during sports events while 1967′s “Jimmy Mack” has been said to inspire what Reeves later called a “virtual legend” of the name of the song. Their smash 1963 hit, “(Love Is Like A) Heat Wave,” has been said to have been the first song to signify the Motown sound or “Sound of Young America” with its doo-wop call and response vocals, gospel backbeat and jazz overtones. With their aforementioned singles and subsequent others including “I’m Ready for Love” and “Honey Chile,” the Vandellas inspired the huge number of black girl groups that followed them: The Emotions, Honey Cone, High Inergy, The Pointer Sisters, En Vogue and Destiny’s Child. In 2004, Rolling Stone cited Martha Reeves and the Vandellas as one of the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time.
Join us for what will be a truly unforgettable evening with one of the all time greats.