WhatsApp $19B, Detroit $18B

An app and a city. In the immortal words of Martha Reeves, “Can’t forget the Motor City.” Fifty years ago “Dancing in the Street” was born in Detriot, as co-writer Mickey Stevenson (the other co-writers were legendary Marvin Gaye and Ivy Jo Hunter) saw people cooling off from the summer heat in the streets with the water from hydrants. Originally conceived as a ballad, Marvin Gaye thought it sounded much more like dance music and a good fit for Kim Weston…..who passed on the song. Enter Martha Reeves, living in Detroit since she was a year old, who put her own touches on the music. Just two takes later, as the saying goes, the rest was history.



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