Nowhere to Run (song)
|"Nowhere to Run"|
A-side label of one of U.S. vinyl releases
|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.
Included on their 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".
The Dynamic Superiors gave the song a disco cover in 1977.
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- 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
- Whitburn, Joel (2004). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942-2004. Record Research. p. 378.
- "The RS 500 Greatest Songs of All Time". RollingStone.com. Retrieved 2008-06-19.
- "WOLFENSTEIN: THE NEW ORDER - NOWHERE TO RUN TRAILER". IGN. April 8, 2014. Retrieved October 7, 2016.