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SEATTLE, March 26 (UPI) -- Motown songwriter-producer Deke Richards has died at a hospice in Washington state after a battle with esophageal cancer, his family said. He was 68.

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Singer Reeves ready to leave politics

DETROIT, Dec. 20 (UPI) -- Singer Martha Reeves said she is happy to be leaving her post on the Detroit City Council after losing in the last election.
Martha Reeves's council absences noted

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DETROIT, June 30 (UPI) -- Detroit City Councilwoman Martha Reeves missed one of the most historic days in council history Monday as she barnstormed England performing, observers said.

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Today is Tuesday, July 18, the 199th day of 2006 with 166 to follow.
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Motown legend headed to court

DETROIT, June 8 (UPI) -- Detroit City Councilwoman and Motown legend Martha Reeves says she has been 'victimized' by red tape and will try to straighten it out in court.

Motown star has 'Nowhere to Run'

DETROIT, June 6 (UPI) -- Detroit Councilwoman Martha Reeves once scored a hit with the song "Nowhere to Run" -- now she reportedly finds herself caught in a similar situation.

Martha Reeves wins Detroit council seat

DETROIT, Nov. 9 (UPI) -- Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Martha Reeves has a new title to add to her collection -- Detroit City Councilwoman.

Musician Theodore Harris dies at 70

DETROIT, Aug. 17 (UPI) -- Theodore Harris Jr., a pianist and saxophonist whose work ranged from Motown to bebop, died of prostate cancer in a Detroit hospital at the age of 70.

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Martha Reeves
Martha Reeves performs in concert with the Vandellas at the Boulevard Casino near Vancouver, British Columbia on May 19, 2007. (UPI Photo/Heinz Ruckemann)

Martha Rose Reeves (born July 18, 1941 in Eufaula, Alabama) is an American R&B and Pop singer and former politician, and was the lead singer of the Motown girl group Martha and the Vandellas. During her tenure with The Vandellas, they scored over a dozen hit singles, including "Jimmy Mack", "Dancing in the Street" and "Nowhere to Run". From 2005 until 2009, Reeves served as an elected councilwoman for the city of Detroit, Michigan.

She was born in Eufaula, Alabama, the first daughter of Elijah Joshua Reeves and Ruby Lee Gilmore, and the third of the couple's 11 children. Martha was under a year old when the family moved from Eufaula to Detroit, Michigan, where her grandfather, Reverend Elijah Reeves, was a minister at Detroit's Metropolitan Church. The family was very active in the church and its choir. Both Elijah and Ruby played guitar and liked to sing; the children acquired their love of music from their parents. At Detroit's Northeastern High School, her vocal coach was Abraham Silver, who also worked with Florence Ballard and Mary Wilson (of The Supremes) and Bobby Rogers (of The Miracles). As a teenager, Reeves became a fan of R&B and doo-wop music. After failing to join her elder brother Benny's vocal group, Reeves formed her own vocal group, the Sabre-Ettes in 1958. A year later, she joined The Fascinations. Reeves left the group before they became a recording act.

1957 was her first association with Rosalind Ashford, Gloria Williams and Annette Beard in a group then known The Del-Phis, formed after a man named Edward "Pops" Larkins was starting a sister singing group to complement a male vocal group of his. The Del-Phis were popular local performers. Reeves was reportedly an admirer of the group and was a friend of Gloria Williams, who hired Reeves to join the group in 1960.

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