Martha and the Vandellas: Dancing in the Street


One of Motown’s biggest hits, this was written by Marvin Gaye, William ‘Mickey’ Stevenson and Ivy Jo Hunter and released in 1964 by Martha and the Vandellas. It reached No 2 in the US and No 4 in Britain.

In 1985 David Bowie and Mick Jagger recorded a duet version to raise money for Live Aid. It reached No 1 in the UK and No 7 in the US.

I have included this 1966 effort by the awful Mamas and Papas for its amusement value.

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