Martha and the Vandellas
"Where Did Our Love Go" was written for Martha and the Vandellas. 9 points for correct answer.
This is one of those "being at the right place at the right time" stories.
The track for "Where Did Our Love Go" had already been recorded. It was a matter of time before Martha Reeves and the Vandellas got around the laying down the vocals. However, Berry Gordy thought it was worth a try to give another up and coming Motown group to have a shot at it. They were good; they just hadn't had the right song.
Diana Ross didn't want to record it because the key was too low. Her strength was in the higher notes and this song just didn't bring that out. But, she reluctantly agreed and the song that was intended for Martha and the Vandellas became the first of 5 number one songs in a row for the Supremes.
"Dancing in the Street" has become an American anthem. A tribute to the ingenuity of the folks at Motown.
Bonus question worth 25 points!
How did they achieve the intense beat on "Dancing in the Street?"
A) Hal Blaine, a studio drummer, was brought in for the session
B) Two bass drums were used
C) A guy hit a tire tool on a concrete floor with the beat
D) Phil Spector created the massive beat with his "wall of sound"
Answer and 25 bonus points - Click here.