Live Wire (Martha and the Vandellas song)

"Live Wire"
Single by Martha and the Vandellas
from the album Greatest Hits
B-side"Old Love (Let's Try Again)"
ReleasedJanuary 17, 1964
RecordedHitsville U.S.A. (Studio A); 1963
GenreSoul, pop
Producer(s)Brian Holland, Lamont Dozier
Martha and the Vandellas singles chronology
"Live Wire"
"In My Lonely Room"

"Live Wire" is a 1964 dance single released by Motown girl group Martha and the Vandellas.


The song was produced by Holland–Dozier–Holland under the same gospel-pop confection of their earlier hit singles "(Love Is Like a) Heat Wave" and "Quicksand". The song explained why the narrator can't come up with words to tell her lover that she was through with him because when she looks at him, she feels that he is "like a bolt of lightning" and that he's a "live wire".


Chart performance[]

The song failed to hit the Top 40 of the pop chart (peaking at #42) and reached #11 on Cashbox's R&B singles chart (the Billboard R&B chart was suspended until January 1965).[2][3]


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  2. ^ Warner, Jay, ed. (2006). American Singing Groups: A History, From 1940 to Today. Hal Leonard. p. 584. ISBN 0-634-09978-7. Retrieved 16 December 2010. martha reeves.
  3. ^ 50th Anniversary: The Singles Collection 1962-1972 [CD liner notes]. New York: Hip-O Select/Motown/Universal Records