The Michigan Daily - Friday, July 6, 1984 -:Page 11
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Martha Reeves, one-time lead singer for the Vandellas, pursues her solo
career in and around the Detroit area. She'll create her own "Heat Wave"
tonight at Joe's Star Lounge.
Reeves dances in the
seats at Star Lounge
SHE MAY NOT be dancing in the
streets anymore, but Martha Reeves
remembers her Motown roots well
enough to rekindle the old flame tonight
at Joe's Star Lounge.
Reeves began her lengthy career in
the early '60s when she joined several
local "girl groups" which played
amateur shows and small clubs. Mar-
tha decided that singing was the career
for her, so she maneuvered her way to
Hitsville, U.S.A. -a.k.a. Motown.
Her beginning at Berry Gordy's
record company was not as auspicious
as that of Diana Ross or Marvin Gaye;
Martha Reeves made her money at
Motown by typing and filing - she was
an office girl. But that was OK with
Martha because it allowed her to get a
peek at the world which she longed to
enter. Soon Reeves began singing
background and lead on
producer's demo tapes. It wasn't long
before Berry Gordy himself yanked-
Martha from the chorus and signed her
to a contract.
Reeves was joined on her first recor-
ding ("I'll Have To Let Him Go") by a
back-up group called the Vandellas.
The Supremes were hitting it big about
the same time, so Gordy felt "girl
groups" were the wave of the future.
Martha and the Vandellas proved him
right with a string of hits which in-
cluded "Come and Get These
Memories," "Heat Wave," and "Dan-
cing in the Streets." By the early '70s,
however, the group began to wane and
the Vandellas disbanded leaving
Reeves with a solo career.
Reeves recently made the headlines
when the Tigers decided they needed a
new theme song. Swept up by the win-
ning spirit, Reeves recorded a special
version of "Dancing in the Streets,"
modifying it to "Dancing in the Seats"
for that seventh inning stretch.
Martha Reeves will be at Joe's tonight
at 9 and 11:30. Tickets are $9 in advance
(at CTC outlets) and $10 at the door.
A TTENTION film fanatics. If
you've seen Gremlins (and who
hasn't?), you've undoubtedly
recognized many, many references to
other motion pictures ' laced
throughout the length of the film.
Some say that the references are all
that there is to the movie. But that's
not the question. The question is, how
many cinematic allusions are there in
the film? To answer this raging
inquiry, The Daily is sponsoring a
The rules are simple: The entrant
who can list the most references'to
other movies in Gremlins wins. These
references can be as fleeting or in-
nocuous as you wish, but truly bizarre
or irrelevant ones will be thrown out
by the judges, whose decision will be
final. As an example, Robbie the
Robot, star of Forbidden Planet, has a
bit part in Gremlins. The cinemaniac
who finds the most references will win
his or her very own Mogwai and a
Michigan Daily T-shirt. Turn in your
lists to the Arts Editor, at The
Michigan Daily, 420 Maynard, Ann
Arbor, Michigan, 48109. The contest
will end on July 22, so you have plenty
of time to watch the film again and