500 Greatest Songs of All Time

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Martha and the Vandellas, 'Nowhere to Run'

Writers: Brian Holland, Lamont Dozier, Eddie Holland
Producers: Brian Holland, Dozier
Released: Feb. '65, Gordy
11 weeks; No. 8

Martha Reeves was working as a secretary for A&R man Mickey Stevenson at Motown when Mary Wells missed a session date; Reeves stepped in for her and eventually became a star. Her wail makes "Nowhere to Run" a scary tale of obsessive love; the heavy percussion was enhanced with snow chains.

Appears on: The Ultimate Collection (Motown)

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