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Martha & The Vandellas - (Love Is Like A) Heat Wave on Motown Legends: Martha Reeves & The Vandellas (1963)

Martha & The Vandellas - (Love Is Like A) Heat Wave on Motown Legends: Martha Reeves & The Vandellas (1963)
"Heat Wave" is a 1963 song penned by the Holland–Dozier–Holland songwriting team. The song was first made popular by the American Motown girl group Martha and the Vandellas. Released as a single on July 9, 1963, on the Motown subsidiary label Gordy, it peaked at number 4 on the Billboard Hot 100 and number 1 on the Billboard Hot R&B chart. It was later covered by rock vocalist Linda Ronstadt on her Platinum-selling 1975 album Prisoner in Disguise. Ronstadt's version of the song was also released as a single in September 1975, reaching number 5 on the Billboard Hot 100. In 2010, English singer Phil Collins had success with his Top 40 remake of the song on the Billboard Adult Contemporary chart.



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"Heat Wave" was one of many songs written and produced by the Holland–Dozier–Holland songwriting and producing team. It was the second hit collaboration between Martha and the Vandellas and the team, with the first being "Come and Get These Memories". The lyrics of "Heat Wave" feature the song's narrator singing about a guy who has her heart "burning with desire" and "going insane" over the feeling of his love, and asking, "is this the way love's supposed to be?" The song is often referred to as "(Love Is Like a) Heat Wave", but the title on the label of the original 1963 single was just "Heat Wave".
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