Mary Wells

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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.

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1961 Bye, Bye Baby, I Don't Want to Take a Chance Mary Wells 1
1962 The One Who Really Loves You Mary Wells 1
1963 Two Lovers Mary Wells 1
1964 Together Marvin Gaye & Mary Wells 2
1964 Mary Wells Sings My Guy Mary Wells 1
1965 Mary Wells Mary Wells 1
1986 Two Lovers / My Guy Mary Wells 1
2012 Something New: Motown Lost & Found Mary Wells 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1989 My Guy & Other Hits Mary Wells 1
1994 My Guy: 20 Original Hits Mary Wells 1
1996 Early Classics: Mary Wells Mary Wells 1
1996 Never, Never Leave Me - The 20th Century Sides Mary Wells 1
1998 The Ultimate Collection Mary Wells 1
1999 20th Century Masters: The Millennium Collection: The Best of Mary Wells Mary Wells 1
2001 Best of Mary Wells Mary Wells 1
2008 The Definitive Collection Mary Wells 1
2012 The Complete 20th Century Fox Recordings Mary Wells 1
22 Greatest Hits Mary Wells 1
Looking Back: 1961-1964 Mary Wells 1
My Guy Mary Wells 1

Album + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1963 Mary Wells Recorded Live on Stage Mary Wells 1


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1962 You Beat Me to the Punch / Old Love (Let's Try It Again) Mary Wells 1
1963 Your Old Stand By / What Love Has Joined Together Mary Wells 1
1963 What's Easy for Two Is So Hard for One Mary Wells 1
1964 My Guy / Oh Little Boy (What Did You Do to Me) Mary Wells 1
1978 My Guy / Whats Easy for Two Is So Hard for One Mary Wells 1
2009 Motown 7" Singles, no. 2 Mary Wells / Carolyn Crawford 1

Unspecified type

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1992 Henry Purcell 1659-1695: The Fairy Queen Jennifer Vyvyan, James Bowman, Charles Brett, Peter Pears, Mary Wells, Ian Partridge, John Shirley-Quirk, Owen Brannigan, Norma Burrowes, Alfreda Hodgson, Ambrosian Opera Chorus, English Chamber Orchestra 1

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