The Marvelettes

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The Marvelettes was an American girl group that achieved popularity in the early- to mid-1960s. They consisted of schoolmates Gladys Horton, Katherine Anderson (now Schaffner), Georgeanna Tillman (later Gordon), Juanita Cowart (now Cowart Motley), and Georgia Dobbins, who was replaced by Wanda Young (now Rogers) prior to the group signing their first deal. 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 1961 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 1960 while the group's founding members performed together at their glee club at Inkster High School in Inkster, Michigan, they eventually were signed to Motown's Tamla label in 1961. 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 Gaye, who played drums on a majority of their early recordings. Despite their early successes, the group was eclipsed in popularity by groups like The Supremes, with whom they shared an intense rivalry.

Nevertheless, they managed a major comeback in 1966 with "Don't Mess with Bill", along with several other smaller hits. They struggled with issues of poor promotion from Motown, illnesses, and mental breakdowns, with Cowart the first to leave in 1963, followed by Georgeanna Tillman two years later, and Gladys Horton two after that. The group ceased performing together in 1969 and, following the release of The Return of the Marvelettes in 1970, featuring only Wanda Rogers, disbanded for good, with both Rogers and Katherine Anderson leaving the music business.

The group has received several honors including induction into the Vocal Group Hall of Fame, as well as receiving the Pioneer Award from the Rhythm and Blues Foundation. In 2005, two of the group's most successful recordings, "Please Mr. Postman" and "Don't Mess with Bill" earned million-selling Gold singles from the RIAA. On August 17, 2013, in Cleveland, Ohio, at Cleveland State University, the Marvelettes were inducted into the 1st class of the Official Rhythm & Blues Music Hall of Fame.

The Marvelettes were nominated for induction to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2013 and again in 2015.

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Year Title RatingReleases
1961 Please Mr. Postman 2
1962 Playboy 2
1967 The Marvelettes 1
1970 The Return of the Marvelettes 1
1994 The Marvelous Marvelettes 1
Sophisticated Soul 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title RatingReleases
1966 The Marvelettes' Greatest Hits 1
1986 23 Greatest Hits 1
1993 Deliver: The Singles 1961-1971 1
1994 Motown Legends: The Marvelettes 1
1998 Ultimate Collection 1
1998 The Ultimate Collection 1
2000 The Essential Collection 1
2000 20th Century Masters: The Millennium Collection: The Best of The Marvelettes 1
2008 The Definitive Collection 1
2009 Forever: The Complete Motown Albums, Volume 1 1
2011 Forever More: The Complete Motown Albums, Volume 2 1

Album + Live

Year Title RatingReleases
1963 The Marvelettes Recorded Live on Stage 1


Year Title RatingReleases
1961 Please Mr. Postman / So Long Baby 1
1964 Too Many Fish in the Sea / A Need for Love 1
1965 I'll Keep Holding On / No Time for Tears 1
1965 Don't Mess With Bill / Anything You Wanna Do 1
1965 Danger! Heartbreak Dead Ahead / Your Cheating Ways 1
1967 When You're Young and in Love / The Day You Take One (You Have to take the Other) 1
1967 My Baby Must Be a Magician / I Need Someone 1
1968 Here I Am Baby / Keep Off, No Trespassing 1
1968 Destination: Anywhere / What's Easy for Two Is Hard for One 1
1970 Marionette / After All 1

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