I don’t know about anyone else, but it is has been scorching here in Baltimore lately. Today I’m showcasing two different versions of “Heat Wave” by Holland-Dozier-Holland and popularized by Martha Reeves & The Vandellas. For my money, it’s one of the best Motown singles. The “Yeahs!” at the end of the song are the stuff of legend.
The Who also did a cover of “Heat Wave”. It’s not a bad cover, but it loses some of its appeal I think. In The Who’s hands, a class R&B song becomes a standard cover that becomes unmemorable. Even though Keith Moon might have been rock’s best drummer, I prefer the drums on the original Motown single.