formerly known as:
The Del-Phis from 1957 to 1961 (Rosalind Ashford, Annette Beard, Gloria Williams, and Martha Reeves) (Reeves didn't join until 1960)
The Vells from 1961 to 1962 (Martha Reeves, Rosalind Ashford, Annette Beard, and Gloria Williams)
became known as:
Martha and The Vandellas (1962-1967)
1962-1964: (Martha Reeves, Rosalind Ashford, and Annette Beard)
1964-1967: (Martha Reeves, Rosalind Ashford, and Betty Kelly)
Martha Reeves and The Vandellas (1967-1972)
1967-1969: (Martha Reeves, Rosalind Ashford, and Lois Reeves)
1969-1972: (Martha Reeves, Sandra Tilley, and Lois Reeves)
Martha and the Vandellas (known from 1967 to 1972 as Martha Reeves and the Vandellas) were an American vocal group who found fame in the 1960s with a string of hit singles on Motown's Gordy label. 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. The group signed with and eventually recorded all of their singles for Motown's Gordy imprint.
The group's string of hits included "(Love Is Like a) Heat Wave", "Nowhere to Run", "Jimmy Mack", "Bless You" and "Dancing in the Street", the latter song becoming their signature single. During their nine-year run on the charts from 1963 to 1972, Martha and the Vandellas charted over twenty-six hits and recorded in the styles of doo-wop, R&B, pop, blues, rock and roll and soul. Ten Vandellas songs reached the top ten of the Billboard R&B singles chart, including two R&B number ones.