We’re celebrating some of the biggest songs in the Motown back catalogue, today we’re “Dancing in the Street” with Martha and the Vandellas. Read on to discover some interesting facts about the song.
The song was written by Marvin Gaye, William ‘Mickey’ Stevenson and Ivy Jo Hunter.
‘Dancing in the Street’ was released by Martha and The Vandellas in 1964, reaching number 2 in the Billboard Hot 100 chart and number 4 in the UK singles chart.
‘Dancing in the Street’ has been covered by numerous artists including The Mamas & The Papas in 1966, Van Halen in 1982, and famously by David Bowie and Mick Jagger in 1985 (reaching UK number 1 and US number 7).
The song was originally presented as a ballad, but Marvin Gaye thought the song should be more upbeat.
Martha and the Vandellas’ version of the song was recorded in just two takes.
In 2006, the song was one of 50 recordings preserved by the Library of Congress to the National Recording Registry.
Mavin Gaye plays the drums on the famous original recording of the song.