Bless You (Martha and the Vandellas song)

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"Bless You"
Single by Martha Reeves and the Vandellas
from the album Black Magic
B-side Hope I Don't Get My Heart Broke
Released September 1971
Format 7" single
Recorded Hitsville USA, Detroit, Michigan
Hitsville West, Los Angeles, California, 1971
Genre Soul/pop
Length 3:01
Label Gordy
G 7110
Writer(s) The Corporation - (Berry Gordy, Freddie Perren, Alphonzo Mizell and Deke Richards) [1]
Producer(s) The Corporation
Martha Reeves and the Vandellas singles chronology
"I Gotta Let You Go"
"Bless You"
"In and Out of My Life"

"Bless You" is a 1971 hit single by Motown girl group Martha and the Vandellas and was the group's last significant hit before disbanding in 1972.


After a period of inactivity due to Martha Reeves' mental illness, the singer returned to the studio with the new version of The Vandellas, who had gone through different member lineups. By now, the lineup of The Vandellas included Reeves' kid sister Lois Reeves and a former member of The Velvelettes named Sandra Tilley. The group had sporadically recorded and performed together before 1970 when they issued the Natural Resources album. For their next project, Motown decided to recruit the hotly new hit-making producers for the label: The Corporation, to help them with producing their new album. Among the first singles they worked on was a Jackson 5-styled funky dance record titled "Bless You". Featuring Martha and the Vandellas members, it also included additional harmony singing parts by The Andantes, who coincidentally were also going through their final years with the company.


Released in the fall of 1971, "Bless You" briefly brought the group back to modest success on the Billboard Hot 100 where it reached number fifty-three on the chart, becoming their highest-charted single in two years and their highest-charted single on the pop chart during their brief seventies period together. The single also crossed over successfully to the R&B chart where it peaked at number twenty-nine and hit the top forty in the United Kingdom where it peaked at number thirty-three and was a top twenty hit in Canada. The single became the group's last major hit. Over a year later, the group would disband, and Martha Reeves would pursue a solo career.



  1. ^ ASCAP entry for song ASCAP, accessed 28 May 2011