I had always wanted to meet up with this lady and twenty-two years after the release of her single "I Got A Feeling"/"You Got Me Hurtin' All Over" on the Soul label in September 1967, I finally managed it. As you know, the topside was her version of the Four Tops' original, tucked away as the flipside to "Bernadette" released earlier in the year.
Happy 80th Birthday Martha Reeves! A lady of so many talents, an artist with a big heart who has touched millions of people with her music and words, and who has represented Motown and Detroit across the world. A woman for all seasons…
There's loads to cover this month, so in no particular order let's get started and wade through the water - and believe me there's quite a relentless bad weather situation just now in East Sussex – to spread the word.
The American release of "Street Songs" from Rick James forty years ago this month, reminded me of a visit he paid to London which I've not written about previously for one reason or another, but thought now it might be of interest as we pay homage to this extraordinary album from an equally extraordinary man. However, before spilling the beans, I reckon the album deserves more than a passing mention.