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1963 - Martha & the Vandellas - had a huge early Motown hit with 'Heatwave' - good song for today since a lot of the US and northern hemisphere is experiencing broiling hot summer. Linda Ronstadt would have a very successful cover of this song in the 70's.

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"Maya Angelou doing a little reading in her dressing room before her performance at the Village Vanguard in New York City. Long before she was a poet and writer and the icon we know today, Dr. Angelou was a dancer and a singer of folk and calypso songs (she recorded and album in 1957 called "Miss Calypso" and appeared in the film "Calypso Heatwave" that same year. This photo was taken by G. Marshall Wilson, who was a staff photographer at Ebony for 33 years."-Vintage Black Glamour FB Page

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My parents had pillow cases covered in these characters when I was a kid. They always remind me of being young and taking my pillow when we went away on trips.

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Martha and the Vandellas were an American vocal group who found fame in the 1960s with a string of hit singles on Motown's Gordy label. They became well known for hits such as "Heatwave", "Dancing In The Street", "Nowhere To Run", "Quicksand", "I'm Ready For Love", "Honey Chile", "Jimmy Mack" and "Bless You".

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Lamont Dozier, EdwardHolland Jr Brian Holland was the songwriting Production team that wrote, arranged produced many songs that helped define the Motown sound in the 1960s (Mickey's Monkey, Come See About Me, love is Like A Heatwave, can I Get a Witness, Baby Love, baby I Need Your Loving, Reflections, Can't Help Myself, Can't Hurry Love (Just to Name A Few). The trio were inducted into The Soul Music Hall Of Fame (2012), Songwriters Hall of Fame (1988) Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (1990)

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"What Becomes of the Broken Hearted" performed by Joan Osborne with Jimmy Ruffin's original band. This is a killer, soulful rendition.

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