Nowhere to Run (song)
|"Nowhere to Run"|
|Single by Martha and the Vandellas|
|from the album Dance Party|
|Released||February 10, 1965|
|Recorded||Hitsville U.S.A. (Studio A); October 21, 1964|
|Producer(s)||Lamont Dozier, Brian Holland|
|Martha and the Vandellas singles chronology|
"Nowhere to Run" is a 1965 pop single by Martha and the Vandellas for the Gordy (Motown) label and is one of the group's signature songs. The song, written and produced by Motown's main production team of Holland–Dozier–Holland, depicts the story of a woman trapped in a bad relationship with a man she cannot help but love.
Holland-Dozier-Holland and the Funk Brothers band gave the song a large, hard-driving instrumentation sound similar to the sound of prior "Dancing in the Street" with snow chains used as percussion alongside the tambourine and drums.
Billboard described the song as a "good dance beat piece of material which features a gospel piano and a wailin' vocal." Cash Box described it as "a hard-driving, fast-moving, raunchy bluesy stomper with a contagious teen-oriented, danceable beat."
Included on their 1965 third album, Dance Party, "Nowhere to Run" hit number eight on the Billboard Pop Singles chart, and number five on the Billboard R&B Singles chart. It also charted in the UK peaking at number twenty-six on the chart. The single release was backed with "Motoring".
- Arnold McCuller made a version of the song for the soundtrack of the movie The Warriors from 1979. It was later utilized again for the video game adaptation in 2005.
- In July 1988, following the success of the film Good Morning Vietnam, the song was re-released in the UK by A&M Records, with James Brown's "I Got You (I Feel Good)" on the flip side. The single spent three weeks on the UK chart reaching its highest position of number 52 by 24 July 1988.
- On her 1971 covers album Gonna Take a Miracle, singer-songwriter Laura Nyro performed a version with backing vocals by the group Labelle.
- Lead vocals by Martha Reeves
- Background vocals by Rosalind Ashford & Betty Kelly
- Written by Brian Holland, Lamont Dozier and Edward Holland Jr.
- Produced by Lamont Dozier and Brian Holland
- All instrumentation by the Funk Brothers:
- Robert White – guitar
- Eddie Willis – guitar
- Earl Van Dyke – piano
- Benny Benjamin – drums
- James Jamerson – bass guitar
- Jack Ashford – percussion, tambourine, vibes
- Ivy Jo Hunter – percussion (snow chains)
- Russ Conway – trumpet
- Herbert Williams – trumpet
- George Bohanon – trombone
- Paul Riser – trombone
- Henry Cosby – tenor saxophone
- Mike Terry – baritone saxophone
|United Kingdom (BPI)||Silver||200,000|
Sales+streaming figures based on certification alone.
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