The one-time Motown secretary and backing vocalist became one of the company's A-list vocalists.
'Heat Wave' sizzled as the second R&B hit for Martha & the Vandellas and their pop breakthrough.
'What Am I Going To Do Without Your Love' was a minor US pop chart entry, but missed the soul chart altogether.
The best summer songs offer a mix of nostalgia and escapism. Time to sit back and unwind with this essential playlist.
'Tear It On Down' was the final single to carry the name of Martha Reeves & the Vandellas.
They made the countdown for the first time in May 1967, but only after a delayed release and a title change.
'Come And Get These Memories' embodied the sound that Berry Gordy had been looking for.
Motown’s great songwriters were the foundations of the Great American Soulbook, an imaginary, but nonetheless awe-inspiring collection of songs written in the name of soul. But it did not come easy.
Hailed as 'the truest artist' Motown founder Berry Gordy has ever known, Marvin Gaye was an uncompromising force that defined soul music in the 70s.
The story of Motown is also a story of female empowerment. Its finest female talents took opportunities – and risks – to help give women a spotlight.
The propulsive, tension-filled number came flying off the pens of Holland, Dozier and Holland and into the Motown studio.
Alongside his fellow Funk Brothers, Jamerson helped weave the very fabric of Tamla Motown’s imposing and infectious sound.
'I've Passed This Way Before' made its debut on Billboard’s Top Selling R&B Singles chart of Christmas Eve 1966.
The Holland-Dozier-Holland magic started working again with the group's third smash in a row.
'Stubborn Kind Of Fellow,' which Gaye co-wrote with Mickey Stevenson and Berry Gordy’s brother George, established him as a soul contender.