In My Lonely Room

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"In My Lonely Room"
Single by Martha and the Vandellas
from the album Greatest Hits
B-side "A Tear for the Girl"
Released March 23, 1964
Format 7" single
Recorded Hitsville U.S.A. (Studio A); January 29, 1964
Genre Soul
Label Gordy
Writer(s) Holland–Dozier–Holland
Producer(s) Brian Holland, Lamont Dozier
Martha and the Vandellas singles chronology
"Live Wire
"In My Lonely Room"
"Dancing in the Street"

"In My Lonely Room" is a 1964 single by Motown girl group Martha and the Vandellas. In this song, which registered at #6 R&B (Cashbox) and #44 Pop,[1] the narrator solemnly discusses how her lover's flirting with other girls leave her so depressed that all she can do was sit by "(her) lonely room and cry". The song was produced under a more solemn though still uptempo gospel-influenced number that had been on a number of the group's hits starting with "(Love Is Like a) Heat Wave". It was their fifth hit with Holland–Dozier–Holland.


Other recordings[edit]

  • The Action recorded their version in 1965, produced by George Martin.
  • The Supremes recorded a version of the song to the same instrumental track as The Vandellas with additional instrumentation in 1966. It was produced by Holland-Dozier and intended to be included on their album The Supremes A' Go-Go, but remained unreleased until 1998.
  • Phil Collins recorded a version of the song for his album of soul covers, Going Back.


  1. ^ The Complete Motown Singles Vol. 4: 1964 [liner notes]. New York: Hip-O Select/Motown/Universal Records