Heat Wave (Martha and the Vandellas album)

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Heat Wave
Studio album by Martha and the Vandellas
Released September 30, 1963
Recorded Hitsville USA (Studio A); 1963
Genre Soul, R&B, pop
Length 26:13
Label Gordy (Motown)
Producer Holland–Dozier–Holland, William "Mickey" Stevenson
Martha and the Vandellas chronology
Come and Get These Memories
(1963)Come and Get These Memories1963
Heat Wave
Dance Party
(1965)Dance Party1965
Singles from Heat Wave
  1. "(Love Is Like A) Heat Wave / A Love Like Yours (Don't Come Knocking Everyday)"
    Released: July 10, 1963
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3/5 stars[1]

Heat Wave is the second album released by American Motown girl group Martha and the Vandellas. Released in 1963 on Motown's Gordy imprint, intended to capitialize on the success of the title track, which rose to number four on the pop singles chart and number-one on the R&B singles chart. The album was produced by the likes of Holland-Dozier-Holland (who composed the group's first five hit singles) and Mickey Stevenson. This was the last album to feature original Vandella Annette Beard.

The material is composed almost entirely of cover versions of songs that were popular at the time. These range from pop tunes like "Then He Kissed Me" and "My Boyfriend's Back" to mainstream standards such as "More" (the theme from the 1962 film Mondo Cane) and "Danke Schoen." The folk song "If I Had a Hammer" is also included as the Peter, Paul, and Mary version was big at the time.[2] On its original release Heat Wave charted lowly at 125 on the U.S. albums chart.

Track listing[edit]

Side 1[edit]

  1. "Heat Wave" – 2:44 (Lamont Dozier, Brian Holland, Edward Holland, Jr)
  2. "Then He Kissed Me" – 2:32 (Phil Spector, Jeff Barry, Ellie Greenwich)
  3. "Hey There Lonely Boy" – 2:33 (Leon Carr, Earl Shuman)
  4. "More" – 2:14 (Riz Ortolani)
  5. "Danke Schoen" – 3:04 (Kurt Schwaback, Bert Kaempfert)
  6. "If I Had a Hammer" – 2:16 (Pete Seeger, Lee Hays)

Side 2[edit]

  1. "Hello Stranger" – 2:40 (Barbara Lewis)
  2. "Just One Look" – 2:33 (Gregory Carroll, Doris Payne)
  3. "Wait Till My Bobby Gets Home" – 2:17 (Barry, Greenwich,Spector)
  4. "My Boyfriend's Back" – 2:08 (Bob Feldman, Jerry Goldstein, Richard Gottehrer)
  5. "Mockingbird" – 2:32 (Inez Foxx, Charlie Foxx)


Singles history[edit]


  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ [1]

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