There are indeed second acts in American lives - and third, even fourth. Just ask singer Martha Reeves. That's the same Martha Reeves who with the Vandellas, was one the most successful female pop groups in the sixties. The same Martha Reeves who wrote the bestselling book, Dancing in the Street: Confessions of a Motown Diva. The same Martha Reeves who was elected to the Detroit City Council. At age 65.
Reeves has been singing since she was three years old, and started singing at her grandfather's church. She and the Vandellas scored over a dozen hits with Motown, like "Dancing in the Street", "Nowhere to Run" and "Jimmy Mack." For someone who didn't think she'd make it past 35, given her rock and roll lifestyle, she now thinks she's better than she ever was.
Age wasn't a consideration when Reeves was elected to the Detroit City Council. "Age is just a word, and 65 is just a number," she says. She still performs and loves the stage, where "the years disappear." Sure, she admits, she can't wear the same high heels and dance all night on stage without her feet killing her. But there's something more: "I can sustain, I can endure, I have tolerance."