Great article in the Arts & Entermainment section today of the Wall Street Journal about the iconic song from Martha Reeves and the Vandellas. Ever wonder where the unusual name “Vandellas” came from? Martha tells the story in this piece. She grew up on Detroit’s East Side and took the first part of the group’s name from Van Dyke St., the East Side’s main boulevard, and put it together with the first name of singer Della Reese, whose voice she admired.
The online version of the print article (linked above) has the video of them lip-syncing the song “Dancing in the Street” on the roof of a supper club at the request of Dick Clark’s producer. I prefer a composite YouTube video of Vandella renditions of the song that captures the essence of the 1964 Motown era.