Reeves Campaigns For Motown Statues
MARTHA REEVES is campaigning for Detroit to erect statues of her fellow Motown legends - after she was inspired during a trip to the birthplace of THE BEATLES in Britain.
The Nowhere to Hide singer, who enjoyed a string of hits with the Vandellas in the 1960s, was impressed by Liverpool's pride in its most famous sons.
So she urged civic leaders in her native Detroit to honour Motown Records in the same way - and several statues are now in the pipeline.
Speaking on the 50th anniversary of the legendary record label - which launched the careers of Diana Ross, Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, and The Jackson 5 - she tells WENN: "I take back a lot of information when I travel. I've seen places like Liverpool grow. It reminds me a lot of Detroit. I've seen it grow.
"It produced the Beatles, and the museum, and different markings all over the city. It's encouraged me to go back and see - can I get Motown and Detroit to erect some statues of different artists so that when you come to our famous city you will see some signs that Motown was there?
"They're in the pipeline. It will be any Motown artist that the public favours."
Motown was formed by Berry Gordy in Detroit on January 12, 1959 with an $800 loan from his parents. It went on to become one of the most successful record labels of all time.