Quicksand (Martha and the Vandellas song)

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This article is about the song by Martha and the Vandellas. For the song by David Bowie, see Quicksand (David Bowie song). For the song by La Roux, see Quicksand (La Roux song).
Single by Martha and the Vandellas
from the album Greatest Hits
B-side Darling, I Hum Our Song
Released 1963
Format 7" 45 RPM
Recorded Hitsville U.S.A. (Studio A); 1963
Genre Soul/pop
Length 2:38
Label Gordy
Writer(s) Holland–Dozier–Holland
Producer(s) Brian Holland, Lamont Dozier
Martha and the Vandellas singles chronology
"(Love Is Like a) Heat Wave"
"Live Wire"

"Quicksand" is a 1963 soul-dance single by Motown girl group Martha and the Vandellas. It was built around a similar gospel-inspired delivery of their previous release, their break-out hit, "(Love Is Like a) Heat Wave", but was slightly slower with a harder edge. This time, lead singer Martha Reeves explains how her loved one brings her "closer" to him explaining that his love was like "quicksand".[1] Released in October 1963 on the Gordy label, the song became another Top Ten hit for Martha & the Vandellas, eventually reaching number eight on the Billboard Hot 100.[2] It was the third hit on which the group collaborated with the famed Holland–Dozier–Holland team, who would go on to record hits with the likes of Vandellas' contemporaries, The Supremes and the Four Tops.



  1. ^ Gilliland, John (1969). "Show 26 - The Soul Reformation: Phase two, the Motown story. [Part 5]" (AUDIO). Pop Chronicles. Digital.library.unt.edu. 
  2. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits: Eighth Edition. Record Research. p. 398.