Summer Music Monday “Dancing In the Streets” by Martha and the Vandellas

This song says summer to many music lovers including me!  It was released in the summer of 1964, fifty years ago, but it has worn well. It was the signature song of  one of the earliest and most exciting vocal groups of the Motown ( Detroit)  Sound .  The Supremes burst on the scene  later.

It is a kick to see the styles. . . .hair and clothes that were at the height of fashion of the day  shown in the grainy video.

An interesting tidbit is that this song is one of only fifty sound recordings preserved by the Library of Congress in the National Registry.  Martha Reeves, the lead singer, was thrilled and said, “It’s a song that makes you want to get up and dance!” Maybe they need to dance more now in Washington!

I agree !

Do you agree? Do you have a fave summer song?  What is it?  I am open for suggestions for summer favorites for July and August. . . . 

About annetbell

I am a retired elementary teacher, well seasoned world traveler,new blogger, grandmother, and a new enthusiastic discoverer of the wonderfully complex country of India. Anne
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17 Responses to Summer Music Monday “Dancing In the Streets” by Martha and the Vandellas

  1. Paul Lemmen says:

    Reblogged this on Dead Citizen's Rights Society.


  2. OyiaBrown says:

    Reblogged this on Oyia Brown and commented:


  3. Mine is Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince ‘Summertime’ x


  4. susipet says:

    Oh yes it’s a classic!


  5. Angie Wink says:

    I love that song Anne. It had me dancing even today. The fireworks that have been going off for over a week have had me jumping too, so that makes it all perfect. Golly, the year is half over, and less than 6 months to shop for Christmas. How’s that for a real downer???


    • annetbell says:

      Welcome back Angie! I am excited that it is 6 months , after Christmas, when we will fly back to India for the Spring semester… excited…..Lord welling, of course!


  6. YellowCable says:

    I like this song too! I am not sure what “summer song” here is but my listening to recent one is ” (‘Til) I kissed you” released in 1959 (just about turning ’60). I like the original version and the covered version by Anne Murray.


  7. Don Ostertag says:

    Sinatra singing SUMMER WIND. He sings Johnny Mercer’s great lyrics the way they should be treated, a poem of a long ago time of youth.


  8. Can I ask you a question … How often do you travel ?? Your knowledge and description of the places is so current and precise .. I wonder how often you travel !! 😊


    • annetbell says:

      Great question! India was first four months in 2013. Was in Arizona 2005-2012 and traveled every school vaca throughout AZ , New Mexico. Lived in Rome and travelled in Italy three times for Year and half. 80s and 90s. Ireland 2008 France 2010. Other trips as well. Professor says they don’t get rich in salary but there are other perks. . . Traveling! I have been blessed! Big news if all goes as planned Lord ‘s will, we are going back to India for four more months with 15 new students.


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