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Mary Wells - (Artist Of The Week)

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Artist of the Week revisits the career of Mary Wells

Mary Wells Biography (Wikipedia)
Mary Esther Wells (May 13, 1943 – July 26, 1992) was an American singer who helped to define the emerging sound of Motown in the early 1960s. Along with the Supremes, the Miracles, the Temptations, and the Four Tops, Wells was said to have been part of the charge in black music onto radio stations and record shelves of mainstream America, "bridging the color lines in music at the time."

With a string of hit singles composed mainly by Smokey Robinson, including "The One Who Really Loves You"", "Two Lovers" (1962), the Grammy-nominated "You Beat Me to the Punch" (1962) and her signature hit, "My Guy" (1964), she became recognized as "The Queen of Motown" until her departure from the company in 1964, at the height of her popularity. She was one of Motown's first singing superstars...

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mary_Wells

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Oldsoulman's profile photo

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love Mary's voice, here's a few from me :thumbsup:

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I like this which I keep meaning to buy sometime- a co write with her partner.

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Supercorsa's profile photo

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Mary Wells, unfortunately for most (normal :wink: ) people they can only ever think of My Guy. That's our gain and their loss, I suppose :yes: .

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Superb and overlooked double-sider that won't break the bank...already posted is the East Coast stock copy...here is the West Coast Monarch press...possibly a demo?

:thumbsup:

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Amsterdam Russ's profile photo

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Advance test pressing of "One who really loves you" from 1962.

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One if not thee best female vocalists to having graced the Motown label. In my humble opinion up there with Gladys Knight as the best Detroit could over. Faultless and can do no wrong. I know I'm a sucker for female vocalist but god she can sing.

TMIB

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A current double sider fav at the mo, with Bobby Womack at the helm is, "If You Can't Give Her Up (Give Her Love)" coupled with "Cancel My Subscription" [believe this side was withdrawn on later issues of this Reprise 45??]

If You Can't Give Her Love (Give Her Up)

http://youtu.be/czrlaOaGw4Q

Cancel My Subscription

http://youtu.be/D8_CY7zowd0

steve

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As far as soul artists go, I just dot think she cuts it for me. Great voice made for a different market which could have been big. . . But not that gritty soul that we love IMHO

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Some nice Aussie 45's to add... 'My Guy' is common in every country I guess, would like it on a demo though.. the 'Aint it the Truth' 45 is the sellers scan not mine, Ive not got it in the post yet..

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i love this tune,her voice on this midtempo gem is fantastic,especially when the male backing comes in!

 

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Guest Dave Turner\

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A couple of her Jubilee sides

 

Flip to "The Doctor", love it but not quite so much as the Valentinos

 

Two Lovers History ........ not to be confused with her "Two Lovers"

 

http://youtu.be/dAtAUXXpNh4

 

Sweet Love

 

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Alan Bonthrone1's profile photo

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Spanish E.P French E.P Sweden(Atlantic) U.K TestPress.

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Artist of the Week features the Wonderful Mary Wells

 

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On 02/09/2012 at 01:28, Steve Edgar said:

A current double sider fav at the mo, with Bobby Womack at the helm is, "If You Can't Give Her Up (Give Her Love)" coupled with "Cancel My Subscription" [believe this side was withdrawn on later issues of this Reprise 45??]

 

If You Can't Give Her Love (Give Her Up)

http://youtu.be/czrlaOaGw4Q

 

Cancel My Subscription

http://youtu.be/D8_CY7zowd0

 

steve

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The Yank's profile photo

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Here's the alternate flip side to  "If You Can't Give Her Love"

 

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Bruv's profile photo

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 Big favourite of mine from Mary Wells - What's Easy For Two Is So Hard For One.  Still a very popular song with the dancers to this day...

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Richard's profile photo

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 My favourite version 

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Mike's profile photo

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unsung Mary Wells  via our video feature

 

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45cellar's profile photo

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allot of Mary's 20th Century classic here on Aussie labels, very nice on white test demo as well 🙂 also one of her earlier Jubilee recordings that came out on the London Label, dist with a Decca sleeve...  I have all her Motown 45's but will try to scan later, its interesting to see how much Motown re issues things like 'My Guy' etc later in the sixties...

Mal

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polyvelts's profile photo

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The Greg Perry produced comeback album of 1981 ‘In and out of love’ is quite brilliant

 

The legendary Larry and Fonze  Mizell produced one track on the LP , the disco hit ‘Gigolo’ 

 

 

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Mal C's profile photo

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2 hours ago, polyvelts said:

The Greg Perry produced comeback album of 1981 ‘In and out of love’ is quite brilliant

I’m buying that, immediately! 🙂 

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JoeSoap's profile photo

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Got, 'Stop Taking Me for Granted' / 'Ain't it the Truth' on New Zealand 20th Century. Beautiful looking object (but I am not messing about taking pics at this time of night)!

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Had bad luck with the Bobby Womack one on Reprise (....pressing faults? Did a thread on here not long ago).

Firecrest's profile photo

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A lovely artist. Not a soul shouter but a lovely timbre to her voice. There was much sadness in her life but she left some lovely records.  Here are two Smokey Robinson penned delights.

 

 

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A typical cecil womack melody to compliment Mary's voice. 

 

 

 

 

 

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