This one just crossed our Request Line. Meant as a party song drawn from images of the inner city, “Dancing” is one of those songs that took on a dual meaning – much to the chagrin of its creators.
Easily one of the most influential party songs of all time, it was later given a political skew and became an anthem for a burgeoning political movement. With Ivy Jo Hunter thumping on a metal bar to add to the song’s distinctive drum line – and with Marvelous Marvin Gaye on drums – this song gets people up out of their chairs.
In 2006 it was announced that Martha and the Vandellas’ version of “Dancing in the Street” would be one of 50 sound recordings preserved by the Library of Congress. When told of the honor, lead singer Martha Reeves said she was thrilled about the song’s reach, saying: “It’s a song that just makes you want to get up and dance.”
- Martha Reeves and the Vandellas
- “Dancing in the Street”
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