THE SOUNDS OF SUMMER: DAY 51 OF 95: “DANCING IN THE STREET”- MARTHA AND THE VANDELLAS

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The Sounds of Summer- Day 51 of 95- “Dancing In The Street” by Martha and The Vandellas. Maybe I have missed something but I would say that the two best Motown summer songs are by Martha and The Vandellas- “Heatwave”- and this one “Dancing In The Street.”  Written by Marvin Gaye, Mickey Stevenson and Ivy Jo Hunter- it was a #2 hit for Martha and The Vandellas in the summer of 1964. The idea for the song came when Stevenson watched people cooling off in the Detroit streets in water from open fire hydrants- to Stevenson they seemed to be dancing.  A number of artists have covered the song-The Grateful Dead, Black Oak Arkansas, Van Halen, Mick Jagger and David Bowie as a duet–but the go-to version is the original without question. One of the best summer songs ever- and one of the best songs ever to come out of Motown.

 

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