- (Love Is Like A) Heat Wave
Name = (Love Is Like a) Heat Wave
A Love Like Yours (Don't Come Knocking Everyday)
Martha and the Vandellas
from Album = Heat Wave
Format = 7" single
July 9, 1963
Hitsville USA(Studio A); 1963
Genre = Soul/pop
Length = 2:47
Label = Gordy
Last single = "
Come and Get These Memories" 1963
This single = "(Love Is Like a) Heat Wave"
Next single = "Quicksand"
"(Love Is Like a) Heat Wave" is a 1963 hit single by
Holland-Dozier-Hollandmade popular by Motowngirl group Martha and the Vandellason the Gordy ( Motown) label and later by country rockvocalist Linda Ronstadtfrom her album Prisoner in Disguise.
The song was one of several tunes written and produced by the fabled
Holland-Dozier-Hollandsongwriting and producing team. "Heat Wave" was the second hit collaboration between the Vandellas and H-D-H, the first being " Come and Get These Memories". The lyrics feature the narrator singing about a guy that has his heart "burning with desire" and "going insane" over the feeling of his love.
Produced and composed with a gospel backbeat,
jazzovertones and, doo-wopcall and responsive vocals, "Heat Wave" was one of the first songs to exemplify the style of music later termed as being the " Motown Sound". The single was a breakthrough hit, peaking at number four on the Billboard Pop Singles Chart, and at number-one on the Billboard R&B Singles Chart. It also garnered the group's only Grammy Awardnomination for Best R&B Vocal Performance by a Duo or Group for 1964, making The Vandellas the first Motown group ever to receive a Grammy Award Nomination.
"Heat Wave's" success helped popularize both
Martha and the Vandellasand Holland-Dozier-Holland, and cemented Motownas a musical force. The song has since been covered by several acts, including labelmate The Supremes(on their 1967 album " The Supremes Sing Holland-Dozier-Holland"), The Jam(on their 1979 album " Setting Sons"), The Whoin their early concerts and on their second album, A Quick One, Joan Osbourne(her version done for the Funk Brothersdocumentary "Standing in the Shadows of Motown"), country rocksinger Linda Ronstadt(which reached number five on the pop chart), and rocker Bruce Springsteen. The song was also covered by Whoopi Goldbergin the film " Sister Act". It is also featured at the beginning of the film " Backdraft".
In a 2007 DVD entitled "The Lovin' Spoonful with John Sebastian - Do You Believe in Magic," songwriter John Sebastian illustrates how he sped up the three-chord intro from
Martha and the Vandellas' " (Love Is Like a) Heat Wave" to come up with the intro to his 1965 hit " Do You Believe in Magic."
* Lead vocals:
* Background vocals:
Rosalind Ashfordand Annette Sterling
* Produced by
Brian Hollandand Lamont Dozier
* Written by
Brian Holland, Lamont Dozierand Edward Holland, Jr.
* Instrumentation by
The Funk Brothers:
Richard "Pistol" Allen: drums
James Jamerson: double bass
** Joe Hunter:
** Robert White:
Eddie Willis: guitar
** Thomas "Beans" Bowles:
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