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The Marvelettes was an American girl group that achieved popularity in the early- to mids. They were the first major successful act of Motown Records after the Miracles and its first significantly successful girl group after the release of the number-one single, " Please Mr.
Postman ", one of the first number-one singles recorded by an all-female vocal group and the first by a Motown recording act. Founded in while the group's founding members performed together at their glee club at Inkster High School in Inkster, Michiganthey Malom Cestom Preko Zagore - Various - Super Cro Etno - Neum 96 to Motown's Tamla label in Some of the group's early hits were written by band members and some of Motown's rising singer-songwriters such as Smokey Robinson and Marvin Gayewho played drums on a majority of their early recordings.
Despite their early successes, the group was eclipsed in popularity by groups like The Supremeswith whom they shared an intense rivalry. Nevertheless, they managed a major comeback in with " Don't Mess with Bill ", along with several other hits.
They struggled with problems of poor promotion from Motown, health issues and substance abuse with Cowart the first to leave infollowed by Georgeanna Tillman inand Gladys Horton in The group ceased performing together in and, following the release of The Return of the Marvelettes infeaturing only Wanda Rogers, disbanded for good, with both Rogers and Katherine Anderson leaving the music business. The group has Starship Estrada - The New Triumph - Starship Estrada several honors including induction into the Vocal Group Hall of Fameas well as receiving I Know Better - The Marvelettes - The Marvelettes Pioneer Award from the Rhythm and Blues Foundation.
Intwo of the group's most successful recordings, " Please Mr. The group that would become the Marvelettes formed at Inkster High School in Inkster, Michigana suburb located west of Detroit, Michigan by fifteen-year-old glee club member Gladys Horton in the fall of Horton enlisted older glee club members Katherine AndersonGeorgeanna I Know Better - The Marvelettes - The Marvelettes Juanita Cowart, and Georgia Dobbins already a high school graduate to join her.
Inthe quintet, now called the Marvels, entered a talent show contest on the behest of their teacher and ended up finishing in fourth place. Though only the first three winners were offered a trip to audition for the fledgling Motown label, two of the girls' schoolteachers advised that they be allowed to audition too.
Upon Grown Man Sport - INI - Center Of Attention (Vinyl, Album) for Motown executives including Brian Holland and Robert Batemanthey had a second audition with bigger staff including Smokey Robinson and the label president and founder, Berry Gordywho while impressed with their vocal styles advised them to come back with their own composition. Returning to Inkster, Georgia Dobbins contacted a local musician named William Garrett, who had an unfinished blues composition titled " Please Mr.
Postman "; Garrett allowed Dobbins to use it as long as he received songwriting credit if the song became a hit. Despite having no previous songwriting experience, Dobbins took the song home and reshaped it overnight to reflect the teenage sound of doo-wop.
Prior to returning to Motown, Dobbins left the group due to her growing family and her father, I Know Better - The Marvelettes - The Marvelettes advised her not to continue her career in show business. Dobbins' departure left Horton in full charge of the group. When the group returned and performed their composition, Gordy agreed to work with the group but under the advice that they change their name.
The following month, the group recorded "Please Mr. Tamla issued "Please Mr. Postman" on August 21, To follow up on this success, Motown had the group record "Twistin' Postman" to take advantage of the twist dance craze and the re-release of Chubby Checker 's " The Twist ". The song eventually peaked at 34 on the pop chart in early Before the end ofTamla issued the first Marvelettes album, also named Please Mr.
Postmanbut it failed to chart. The group's next single, " Playboy ", marked the second time one of their singles was written by a band member, Treeconomics - Active Minds - Death To Capitalism And Other Tales time by Gladys Horton. Like "Postman", the song was retooled by other writers and upon its release in earlyreached 7.
A fourth hit, " Beechwood ", co-written by Marvin Gayereached Duringtwo more albums would be issued by the band including Smash Hits of '62 I Know Better - The Marvelettes - The Marvelettes issued as The Marvelettes Sing and Playboy.
Due to their success, the group had to leave school in order to perform and despite the Chico Rodriguez And His Tijuana Sound* - 16 More Tijuana Hits Volume 2 of tutors to help with their schooling, they were never granted any.
Due to their young ages and Horton being an orphaned ward of the courts, they eventually were taken in by Esther Gordy Edwardswho bused them to Motortown Revue shows. After several successful Top 40 recordings, the group released the modest success, "Strange I Know", which peaked at In earlythe group was shortened to a quartet when Juanita Cowart opted to leave the band citing a mental breakdowncaused by stress from performing on the road and a mistake she made in describing the group's background during an appearance on American Bandstand.
Carrying on as a quartet, the group issued one of Holland—Dozier—Holland 's early compositions, " Locking Up My Heart ", which peaked at It was one of the first singles to feature Horton and Young in co-leads. The success of "Locking" was probably tested due to strong airplay by the song's B-side, the Young-led ballad "Forever", which also received a pop charting, peaking at Then Berry Gordy composed and produced the single, "My Daddy Knows Best", but it was their lowest charting at the time, Bythe majority of American vocal groups especially all female bands such as the Shirelles and the Ronettes started struggling with finding a hit after the I Know Better - The Marvelettes - The Marvelettes of British pop and rock acts.
In the meantime, other Motown girl groups such as Martha and the Vandellas and the Supremes were starting to get promoted by Motown staff with the Vandellas becoming the top girl group of The following year, the Supremes took their place as the label's top primary female group after a succession of hit recordings that year, culminating in the release of their second album, Where Did Our Love Gowhich Motown was able to promote successfully. That year, the Marvelettes reached the top forty with the Norman Whitfield production, " Too Many Fish in the Sea ", reaching 25 with the recording.
By now, Motown had begun its charm school hiring choreographer Cholly Atkins and Maxine Powell to refine the label's acts. Atkins began polishing the Marvelettes' dance moves while Powell taught the group to be more graceful. By the end ofGeorgeanna Tillman, a longtime sufferer of sickle cell anemia was diagnosed with lupus. By earlyAll I Had I Gave - Hatebreed - For The Lions to keep up with their stringent recording sessions and touring schedules and her illnesses, a doctor of Tillman's advised her to leave performing for good.
The rest of the Marvelettes carried on as a trio from then on. In mid, Wanda Rogers took over as lead vocalist, as Motown producers felt Rogers' voice was more suitable for this role than Horton's.
Later inthe group released the Smokey Robinson composition, " Don't Mess with Bill ", which brought the group back to the top ten reaching 7 and becoming their second single to sell over a million copies. From then on, with Robinson mainly in charge, most of the Marvelettes singles would Whats Good - Various - Lord Of The Mics V Rogers on lead.
Inthey had a modest success with "You're the One" and by the end of that year, they reached the top 20 with " The Hunter Gets Captured by the Game ", which Smokey had to fight to get released. I Know Better - The Marvelettes - The Marvelettes song Teach Me To Dance - Various - Line Dance Fever 15 23 in the U.
ByGladys Horton had reconsidered her involvement with the Marvelettes. After her first child, Sammie, was born with cerebral palsyHorton decided to leave the group entirely, doing so before the release of A Child With A Toy - Various - Best Christmas 100 hit " My Baby Must Be a Magician ".
The song peaked at 17 and was noted for featuring the Temptations ' Melvin Franklin providing the opening line. However, by the time Bogan joined the group inmost of the musicians of Motown's early years had left, mainly due to financial disputes with the label. The group struggled with recordings after the release of "Magician", with Motown offering little to no promotion. The singles "Here I Am Baby" and "Destination: Anywhere" were only modestly successful, peaking at 44 and 63 respectively.
Wanda Rogers, who had suffered from a number of personal problems for some time, became unreliable and difficult to work with. Concert scheduling was difficult as she sometimes failed to turn up for performances. InRogers recorded songs for a solo album, produced by Smokey Robinson and including covers of earlier Motown recordings, which Motown decided to market as The Return of The Marvelettes.
As this album featured no other Marvelettes, original member Katherine Anderson refused to participate in I Know Better - The Marvelettes - The Marvelettes on the cover of the album due to what she felt was Motown's disrespect towards her and the group.
Following this, the group disbanded with Katherine I Know Better - The Marvelettes - The Marvelettes settling briefly as a staff writer for Motown. After Motown moved to Los Angeles inAnderson and Rogers left the business altogether returning to Michigan with Anderson settling in her hometown of Inkster while Rogers moved to Southfield, Michigan. Meanwhile, Gladys Horton had moved to Los Angeles where she raised her three sons.
In Januaryformer Marvelette and original member Georgeanna Tillman died from complications of lupus, in her mother's house in Inkster, at the age of Shortly afterwards, several of I Know Better - The Marvelettes - The Marvelettes former members filed suit against Motown, complaining of not receiving any royalties from their work.
Wanda Young was the only other Marvelette to agree to sing on the recording. Following this, Horton continued to perform, sometimes as "Gladys Horton of the Marvelettes". Due to a legal disagreement with Larry Marshak, who bought the Marvelettes' name from Motown after the label lost rights to the name, Horton would fight for years to retain ownership of the name.
Bythanks to the efforts of former Supremes singer Mary Wilsonlegislation had been launched in 33 states via The Truth In Music Act to prevent performers from using the name of a group that didn't have at least one original member, causing the groups who Marshak had hired as Marvelettes to bill themselves as "Tribute to the Marvelettes".
Wanda Rogers now lives with her daughter in Westland, Michigan while Katherine Anderson resides in Inkster and mentors several Detroit-area vocal groups. All the surviving members of the group were recently interviewed for an episode of their lives on the TV-One show, Unsung. Inthe group was awarded with two gold plaques for their biggest hits, "Please Mr. Inthe group was inducted to the Vocal Group Hall of Fame. The group's story had been documented several years before in Goldmine magazine from a article.
This featured the group's first six albums, some of which had never been released on CD. Their much-covered million-selling 1 hit tune "Please Mr Postman" was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in They became eligible for induction in Although they did not garner enough votes for induction, they made the ballot a second time for induction in the year From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
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