Adeli’s Music Blog

Mary Wells – Motown’s 1st Female Solo Star

Posted in music by adeli on July 26, 2009

Mary Wells, born on May 13, 1943, was one of the early voices of Motown. She was Motown’s first female solo superstar. Her first hit “Bye Bye Baby” was recorded in 1960 when she was only 17 years old. Wells had a string of hits during her four years with Motown. She left the label over royalty disputes. Wells had a few more hits with other record labels.

In 1990, Wells was diagnosed with laryngeal cancer, which ruined her voice and forced her to quit music. The cost of medical treatments wiped out her finances. Her cancer returned and she died on July 26, 1992. Her trademark hit was “My Guy.”

My Guy

More Mary Wells classics:

Bye Bye Baby

You Beat Me to the Punch

The One Who Really Loves You

Two Lovers

I Don’t Want to Take a Chance

Strange Love

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  1. Sue said, on August 8, 2009 at 11:25 am

    Mary Wells had a beautiful voice. My favorites of hers are “You Beat Me to the Punch” and “The One Who Really Loves You”. Yes, “royalty disputes” at Motown in that era were not uncommon, and without going into detail, it was not the fault of the artists.


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