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Martha Reeves Net Worth, Biography, Wiki in 2017-2016

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Martha Reeves net worth:
$5 Million

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Martha Reeves Net Worth, Biography, Wiki 2017-2016

Martha Rose Reeves is an R&B and pop singer and former politician, born on 18th July 1941 in Eufaula, Alabama, USA. She is probably best known for being the lead singer of the girl group “Martha and the Vandellas”, who made numerous hit singles such as “Nowhere to Run”, “Come and Get These Memories”, “Jimmy Mack”, “Heat Wave” and “Dancing In The Street”. In the period from 2005 to 2009, she served as a council woman for the city of Detroit, Michigan.

Have you ever wondered how rich Martha Reeves is? According to sources, it has been estimated that in early 2017 Martha Reeves’ net worth is over $5 million, acquired mainly through a long and successful music career, which dates from the late ‘50s. Apart from her music career, Martha has made a notable career as a politician, which significantly increased her net worth. Since she is still active in the entertainment industry, her net worth continues to grow.

Martha Reeves Net Worth $5 Million

Although born in Alabama, Martha grew up in Detroit, the third of eleven children. As her family was very active in singing in the church choir, Reeves was raised on gospel music and looked up to singers such as Della Reese and Lena Horne. During her education in Northeastern High School, she had a vocal coach who worked with other talented musicians of the time too, such as Mary Wilson, Bobby Rogers and Florence Ballard. She soon became interested in doo-wop and R&B music, and joined a pop vocal group called “The Fascinations” in 1959, but left before they rose to fame. Martha’s friend, Gloria Williams of “The Del-Phis” group, hired Reeves to join the band in 1960, however, during this period, Reeves had to take up various jobs to make a living, and additionally sang jazz and blues standards in nighttime hours. This was how Motown A&R director Mickey Stevenson noticed her and invited her to an audition, so in the early ‘60s, Martha signed with Motown Records and her group was soon chosen to sing backup on Marvin Gaye’s song “Stubborn Kinda Fellow”, which became an instant hit single. Renamed to “Martha and the Vandellas”, they recorded their first own single in 1964 called “I’ll Have to Let Him Go”. Their second single “Come and Get These Memories” reached no.5 on the R&B chart and the third single, “(Love Is Like a) Heat Wave)”, climbed to no.4 on the Hot 100 chart and no.1 on the R&B singles chart, for which the band received a Grammy Award Nomination. Soon followed other hits including “Quicksand”, “Dancing in the Street”, “Nowhere to Run”, “My Baby Loves Me” and “Jimmy Mack”, which all achieved enormous success on the charts, and added to her net worth.

However, as the years went by and the pressure of fame rose, Reeves became addicted to prescription drugs, and by 1969 their collaboration with Motown Records started to come apart. The group disbanded in 1972, and Martha started building her solo career. Although she released seven solo albums, she never reached the level of former popularity enjoyed by the band. Reeves also wrote and released an autobiography “Dancing in The Street, (Confessions of a Motown Diva)”, in 1994 and a year later she was inducted into the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame. Apart from her music career, Martha also served as an elected member of the City Council of the City of Detroit from 2005 to 2009. She is a board member of Screen Actors Guild – American Federation of Television and Radio Artists.

When it comes to her personal life, Reeves has been married twice and has a son, three grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

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The Theory of Everything2014performer: "Love Is Like a Heat Wave"
Motown: The Early Years2005TV Movie documentary performer: "Dancing in the Street", " Love Is Like a Heat Wave", "Jimmy Mack", "Nowhere to Run"
Frequency2000performer: " Love Is Like A Heatwave"
Thelma & Louise1991performer: "Wild Night"
Fairy Tales1978performer: "You'll Feel the Magic in Me"
Saturday Night Live1975TV Series performer - 1 episode
Willie Dynamite1974performer: "Keep On Movin' On"



Fairy Tales1978Aunt La Voh



Michael Jackson: The Life of an Icon2011Documentary with thanks to



Thank Your Lucky Stars1964TV SeriesHerself
Allee Willis Loves Detroit2015Documentary filmingHerself
Unsung2013TV Series documentaryHerself
Soul Power!2013TV Series documentaryHerself, vocalist, Martha & the Vandellas
My Brother Marvin2012DocumentaryHerself
VH1 Divas Celebrates Soul2011TV MovieHerself - Performer
Requiem for Detroit?2010TV Movie documentaryHerself - Motown Star and Detroit City Councilwoman
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Live: I'll Take You There2009VideoHerself
Loose Women2009TV SeriesHerself
Queens of British Pop2009TV SeriesHerself
Legends2009TV Series documentaryHerself
An Evening of Stars: Tribute to Smokey Robinson2008TV MovieHerself (pre-taped message)
Be My Baby: The Girl Group Story2006TV Movie documentaryHerself
Jimmy Kimmel Live!2006TV SeriesHerself
Motown: The Early Years2005TV Movie documentaryHerself
Soul Deep: The Story of Black Popular Music2005TV Mini-Series documentaryHerself
Motown 452004TV SpecialHerself (segment "deleted")
Never Mind the Buzzcocks2004TV SeriesHerself
E! True Hollywood Story1998-2003TV Series documentaryHerself
A City on Fire: The Story of the '68 Detroit Tigers2002TV Movie documentaryHerself (Martha and the Vandellas 1962-1972)
V Graham Norton2002TV SeriesHerself
Standing in the Shadows of Motown2002DocumentaryHerself
Hollywood Squares2002TV SeriesHerself
100 Greatest Dance Songs of Rock & Roll2000TV Mini-Series documentaryHerself
Definitely Dusty1999TV Movie documentaryHerself
Band of Gold: The Invictus Story1999TV Movie documentaryHerself
Super Bowl XXXII1998TV MovieHerself - Halftime Performer
Rock & Roll1995TV Mini-Series documentaryHerself
Motorworld1995TV Series documentaryHerself
The Original Leads of the Temptations1992Video documentaryHerself
Legendary Ladies of Rock & Roll1988TV SpecialHerself
Dancin' in the Street1987Video documentaryHerself
Àngel Casas Show1987TV SeriesHerself
Ebony/Jet Showcase1986TV SeriesHerself
Brown Sugar1986TV Mini-Series documentaryHerself
Motown Returns to the Apollo1985TV SpecialHerself
Super Night of Rock 'n' Roll1984TV MovieHerself
Motown 25: Yesterday, Today, Forever1983TV Movie documentaryHerself
Good Old Days1977TV MovieHerself
Sha Na Na1977TV SeriesThemselves
The Midnight Special1976TV SeriesHerself
Musikladen1976TV Series
Saturday Night Live1975TV SeriesHerself - Musical Guest
In Concert1975TV SeriesHerself
Soul Train1971-1974TV Series documentaryGuests / Herself
Rock Concert1974TV SeriesHerself
Get It Together1970TV SeriesHerself
The Mike Douglas Show1968TV SeriesHerself
Soul1968TV MovieHerself
Operation: Entertainment1968TV SeriesThemselves
The Joey Bishop Show1967TV SeriesHerself
Dream Girl of '671967TV SeriesHerself - Fashion Hostess
Where the Action Is1966TV SeriesHerself - Martha and The Vandellas
Ready, Steady, Go!1964-1966TV SeriesHerself
The Ed Sullivan Show1965TV SeriesHerself - Singer
It's What's Happening, Baby!1965TV MovieHerself (as Martha Reeves and the Vandellas)
Hullabaloo1965TV SeriesHerself

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American Bandstand's 50th Anniversary Celebration2002TV MovieHerself
The Temptations1998TV Movie
Motown 40: The Music Is Forever1998TV Movie documentaryHerself

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