Some versions of the song have a radio edit that cuts out the repetition of the ending of the instrumental portion of the song, which is in one key, featuring the repeated saxophone and piano portion. In a version issued on the compilation Gold , the instrumental is extended as well as the ending portion, which includes Reeves singing more ad-libs while her group mates continue to sing the word "burning" repeatedly.
The success of "Heat Wave" helped popularize both Martha and the Vandellas and Holland-Dozier-Holland,  while cementing Motown as a strong musical force. The Martha and the Vandellas version was featured in the film The Boys in the Band , in a scene in which several of the characters perform an impromptu line dance to the recording.
Ronstadt's sideman Andrew Gold told Rolling Stone : "[her] band had been trying to get Linda to add it to her [live] set for quite awhile [ sic ] One of us yelled out 'Heat Wave in D' and we did it. So we kept the song in our set. Michael Epstein the manager of My Father's Place states he was responsible for Ronstadt's singing "Heat Wave" at his club: when Ronstadt went backstage after advising the audience she and the band had no more material Epstein says he suggested Ronstadt perform "Heat Wave" writing down the lyrics and playing some chords on a guitar to help her band improvise.
According to the Rolling Stone article the perfectionism of Ronstadt's producer Peter Asher "led to many, many hours of work on 'Heat Wave' in a process that would [likely] amuse the old-line Motown musicians involved in the almost assembly-line approach that resulted in hits including Martha and the Vandellas' recording of the song.
In , Phil Collins remade "Heat Wave" for his cover album , Going Back , with the track serving as lead single, the first Phil Collins' single release in over five years. There was one moment when they were tracking 'Heat Wave' that I experienced a wave of happiness and wonder that this was actually happening to me! On 31 July , Atlantic Records unveiled the music video to support Collins' "Heat Wave"  with the singer shown performing the song with a large ensemble of musicians and backing vocalists who performed with him during several showcases promoting the album in the summer of From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
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