Martha Reeves Net Worth

Martha Reeves is famous for TOP songs. This singer has written many songs about love, life, struggle and everything else that people laugh, nod their head or cry to. Martha Reeves is a Singer, Actor, Author from American. Receiving domestic and worldwide recognition, Martha Reeves can still be labelled a family person due to close relationships with Ruby Lee Gilmore, Elijah Joshua Reeves, Eric Reeves Lois Reeves unknown. Of course it is hard to divide time between family matters and being an awesome singer, but Martha Reeves manages to do that. But what about money? Does being a singer pays off? Sure thing, because Martha Reeves has a net worth of $5 Million.

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  • Full Name: Martha Reeves
  • Net Worth: $5 Million
  • Date Of Birth: July 18, 1941
  • Place Of Birth: Eufaula, Alabama, United States
  • Height: 1.7 m
  • Profession: Singer, Actor, Author
  • Education: Northeastern High Schoo
  • Nationality: American
  • Children: Eric Reeves
  • Parents: Ruby Lee Gilmore, Elijah Joshua Reeves
  • Siblings: Lois Reeves
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  • Awards: Grammy Hall of Fame, Rhythm and Blues Foundation Pioneer Award, Heat Wave, Nowhere to Run, Jimmy Mack
  • Albums: Heat Wave 1963 Greatest Hits 1966 Sugar ‘n’ Spice 1969 Martha and the Vandella… 1967 The Rest of My Life (Expande… 2015
  • Music Groups: Martha and the Vandellas (1962 – 1972)
  • Movies: Fairy Tales, Standing in the Shadows of Motown, Motown: The Early Years, Martha Reeves: In Concert, R&B Jukebox: 20 Classic Hits, Cruisin’ Hits of the 60’s, Dancin’ in the Street, R&B Classics
  • TV Shows: Brown Sugar


  • Nobody could sing like David Ruffin.


  • Her brother Benny Reeves was an original member of The Contours.
  • Still lives in Detroit. Is a candidate for the Detroit City Council. [May 2005]
  • Ran for a won a seat on the Detroit City Council. Began serving her four-year term in January 2006. [November 2005]
  • Recorded another album in 1975, after her 1974 debut for MCA. The album, which is titled “Rainbow,” is extremely hard to find; both the original pressings, and the alternately-titled re-issue. The album was not promoted well, and it did not help that the label (which only a few who own the album know by name) folded shortly after its release. In 1982 Phonorama acquired the licensing for the tracks, and re-titled the album “Dancin’ in the Street” based on the fact that Martha re-recorded her famous hit for the project. The 1982 re-issue copies go for anywhere as high as $600, while the rare original pressings go $1,000 or more. Those who are avid fans of Reeves have debated it to be her best album ever.
  • Her first solo endeavor, the self-tiled album “Martha Reeves” for MCA, is now considered a collectible classic by avid fans. The album took all of 1973 and part of 1974 to be completed, intending to be “the” piece that was to launch Reeves as a superstar;. It was produced by legendary songwriter/producer Richard Perry for a record (at the time) $250,000. However, it received insufficient promotion from the label sank into obscurity, despite good critical reviews. One song in particular, “I’ve Got to Use My Imagination,” was to have been the first single pressed, but MCA executives pulled the song before its debut, leaving Gladys Knight & The Pips able to record their now famous cover. Another poignant song is Reeves’ infamous cover of Van Morrison’s “Wild Night” which, though peaking at a mere #74 when released, has become a classic. It was not only used as the theme to Thelma & Louise (1991) but but has since become the signature opener to Reeves’ live performances. On Christmas Eve of 1997, See for Miles released the long-out-of-print record on CD, but soon pulled its distribution. As of July 22, 2005, reissue label Hip-O Select has released a limited edition of the album, with only 5,000 copies being printed. As a bonus, it was remastered and restored to its entirety, adding three songs which were to have been included on the original release.
  • Wrote a song called “Love Blind” about her abusive relationship with Gerard, the father of her son, Eric. The song is considered a collectors item and was released as a promotional single in 1975 to catapult her up-and-coming album “The Rest of My Life.” The song–like the album–was not given the push it needed as a result of producer and label owner Clive Davis not liking the fact that Reeves sang in different keys that he had wanted. Nonetheless, “Love Blind” managed to chart in the Hot 100 on both the R&B Billboard and Cashbox charts. On Billboard it charted on May 31, 1975, peaking at #61 and staying on for six weeks. On Cashbox it peaked at #72, charting June 7, 1975; staying on for four weeks.
  • Aside from the recordings which were released by Martha & The Vandellas, 148 plus two of her own Motown solo recordings remained vaulted. In recent years, Reeves’ two solo songs, plus 50 of the unreleased “Vandellas” tracks have surfaced. Only 95 remain in the vaults.
  • Has one son, Eric (b. 1970)
  • Shares a birthday with fellow Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Dion DiMucci.
  • In 1963k she began work on a song called “Spellbound”, which was written specifically for her by legendary singer-songwriter Smokey Robinson, and was to be a follow-up to Martha & The Vandellas’ #1 hit “Heatwave”. Part of the backing track and full vocals were completed in mid-’63, then the rest of the music finished and mixed in late December of 1965. The song, however, was vaulted as a result of Motown founder Berry Gordy’s fixation on new sensation, The Supremes, and his interest in fast-tracking their growing career. The song has been widely talked about for years, and has even bootlegged on various European CDs, but the quality is poor. When she was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, Reeves specifically requested this song be issued. As of March 2005 Hip-O Select released the song on a double-CD anthology called “Spellbound” that contains completely unreleased material.
  • Martha & The Vandellas ranked #56 on VH1’s 100 Greatest Women of Rock N Roll.
  • Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (as a member of Martha & The Vandellas) in 1995.
  • Originally the A&R secretary at Hitsville USA, (Motown’s offices/studio), Martha was called in to do “I’ll Have To Let Him Go” when Mary Wells proved too ill to appear for the recording session.
  • Lead singer of 1960s group Martha & The Vandellas.


Title Year Status Character
Suits 2015 TV Series performer – 1 episode
The Theory of Everything 2014 performer: “Love Is Like a Heat Wave”
Motown: The Early Years 2005 TV Movie documentary performer: “Dancing in the Street”, ” Love Is Like a Heat Wave”, “Jimmy Mack”, “Nowhere to Run”
Frequency 2000 performer: “Love Is Like A Heatwave”
Thelma & Louise 1991 performer: “Wild Night”
Fairy Tales 1978 performer: “You’ll Feel the Magic in Me”
Saturday Night Live 1975 TV Series performer – 1 episode
Willie Dynamite 1974 performer: “Willie D.”, “King Midas”, “Keep On Movin’ On” – as Martha Reeves & The Sweet Things
Title Year Status Character
Fairy Tales 1978 Aunt La Voh
Title Year Status Character
Michael Jackson: The Life of an Icon 2011 Documentary with thanks to
Title Year Status Character
An Evening of Stars: Tribute to Smokey Robinson 2008 TV Movie Herself (pre-taped message)
Be My Baby: The Girl Group Story 2006 TV Movie documentary Herself
Jimmy Kimmel Live! 2006 TV Series Herself
Motown: The Early Years 2005 TV Movie documentary Herself
Soul Deep: The Story of Black Popular Music 2005 TV Mini-Series documentary Herself
Motown 45 2004 TV Special Herself (segment “deleted”)
Never Mind the Buzzcocks 2004 TV Series Herself
E! True Hollywood Story 1998-2003 TV Series documentary Herself
A City on Fire: The Story of the ’68 Detroit Tigers 2002 TV Movie documentary Herself (Martha and the Vandellas 1962-1972)
V Graham Norton 2002 TV Series Herself
Standing in the Shadows of Motown 2002 Documentary Herself
Hollywood Squares 2002 TV Series Herself
There’s Only One Elvis 2002 TV Movie documentary Herself – Singer
100 Greatest Dance Songs of Rock & Roll 2000 TV Mini-Series documentary Herself
Definitely Dusty 1999 TV Movie documentary Herself
Band of Gold: The Invictus Story 1999 TV Movie documentary Herself
Super Bowl XXXII 1998 TV Movie Herself – Halftime Performer
Rock & Roll 1995 TV Mini-Series documentary Herself
Motorworld 1995 TV Series documentary Herself
The Original Leads of the Temptations 1992 Video documentary Herself
Legendary Ladies of Rock & Roll 1988 TV Special Herself
Dancin’ in the Street 1987 Video documentary Herself
Àngel Casas Show 1987 TV Series Herself
Ebony/Jet Showcase 1986 TV Series Herself
Brown Sugar 1986 TV Mini-Series documentary Herself
Motown Returns to the Apollo 1985 TV Special Herself
Super Night of Rock ‘n’ Roll 1984 TV Movie Herself
Motown 25: Yesterday, Today, Forever 1983 TV Movie documentary Herself
Good Old Days 1977 TV Special Herself
Sha Na Na 1977 TV Series Themselves
The Midnight Special 1976 TV Series Herself
Musikladen 1976 TV Series
Saturday Night Live 1975 TV Series Herself – Musical Guest
In Concert 1975 TV Series Herself
Flip Wilson… Of Course 1974 TV Movie Herself
Soul Train 1971-1974 TV Series documentary Guests / Herself
Rock Concert 1974 TV Series Herself
Get It Together 1970 TV Series Herself
The Mike Douglas Show 1968 TV Series Herself
Soul 1968 TV Movie Herself
Operation: Entertainment 1968 TV Series Themselves
The Joey Bishop Show 1967 TV Series Herself
Dream Girl of ’67 1967 TV Series Herself – Fashion Hostess
Where the Action Is 1966 TV Series Herself / Herself – Martha and The Vandellas
New American Bandstand 1965 1966 TV Series Herself – Musical Guest
Ready, Steady, Go! 1964-1966 TV Series Herself
The Ed Sullivan Show 1965 TV Series Herself – Singer
It’s What’s Happening, Baby! 1965 TV Special Herself (as Martha Reeves and the Vandellas)
Hullabaloo 1965 TV Series Herself
Thank Your Lucky Stars 1964 TV Series Herself
Boblo Boats: A Tale of Two Sisters 2018 Documentary filming Narrator
Bopper & Me 2017 Documentary post-production Herself
Allee Willis Loves Detroit Documentary filming Herself
The Artists Music Guild Presents: The 2015 AMG Heritage Awards 5th Year Spectacular 2016 TV Movie Herself – Peformer
Unsung 2013 TV Series documentary Herself
Soul Power! 2013 TV Series documentary Herself, vocalist, Martha & the Vandellas
My Brother Marvin 2012 Documentary Herself
Re:Generation 2011 Documentary
VH1 Divas Celebrates Soul 2011 TV Movie Herself – Performer
Michael Jackson: The Life of an Icon 2011 Documentary Herself
Requiem for Detroit? 2010 TV Movie documentary Herself – Motown Star and Detroit City Councilwoman
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Live: I’ll Take You There 2009 Video Herself
Loose Women 2009 TV Series Herself
Queens of British Pop 2009 TV Series Herself
Legends 2009 TV Series documentary Herself
Archive Footage
Title Year Status Character
American Bandstand’s 50th Anniversary Celebration 2002 TV Movie Herself
The Temptations 1998 TV Series
Motown 40: The Music Is Forever 1998 TV Movie documentary Herself


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