Bye Bye Baby I Don't Want to Take a Chance (Remastered) Mary Wells

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Label: Motown Records

Genre: R&B

Subgenre: Classic Soul

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  • 1Come To Me02:16
  • 2I Don't Want To Take A Chance02:50
  • 3Bye Bye Baby02:57
  • 4Shop Around02:39
  • 5I Love The Way You Love02:26
  • 6I'm Gonna Stay02:46
  • 7Let Your Conscience Be Your Guide02:36
  • 8Bad Boy02:22
  • 9I'm So Sorry02:26
  • 10Please Forgive Me02:39
  • Total Runtime25:57

Info for Bye Bye Baby I Don't Want to Take a Chance (Remastered)

Digitally remastered edition of this classic Soul album. Originally released in 1961, this was the R&B vocalist's debut album and included the two hits mentioned in the album's title: 'Bye Bye Baby' and 'I Don't Want to Take a Chance'.

Mary Wells developed a unique stage persona that was both shy and sexy at the same time. She became a star when Berry Gordy signed her as a teenager and her firs Motown hits (such as 'Bye Bye Baby' and the One Who Really Loves You) helped to define the emerging sound of the Detroit label in the early 1960s. This quintessential collector's edition contains Wells' magnificent and long-unavailable debut album for Motown, Bye, Bye Baby, I Don't Want to Take a Chance (1961). These songs serve as the best introduction for anyone wanting to explore the music from Wells' early career. This is the material upon which Mary Wells' reputation and personal style were built.

Mary Wells, lead vocal
The Andantes, background vocals
The Love Tones:
Carl Jones, background vocals (on 'Shop Around')
Joe Miles, background vocals (on 'Shop Around')
Stan Bracely, background vocals (on 'Shop Around')
The Rayber Voices:
Raynoma Liles Gordy, background vocals (on 'Bye Bye Baby')
Brian Holland, background vocals (on 'Bye Bye Baby')
Robert Bateman, background vocals (on 'Bye Bye Baby')
Sonny Sanders, background vocals (on 'Bye Bye Baby')
Robert Bateman, backing vocals (on 'Come to Me“)
The Funk Brothers, all instruments

Produced by Berry Gordy, Mickey Stevenson

Digitally remastered

Mary Wells
Founder of the world famous “Motown Sound,” Mary Wells is considered not only one of the best female singers in the music industry, but also a vital part of the success of the prestigious label. Wells’ early years were not easy. As a small child, she suffered a bout of spinal meningitis, which left her temporarily paralyzed, with loss of hearing, and partial blindness in one eye. When she returned to good health, Wells suffered the hardship of learning to walk again. She was always grateful, however, to regain her hearing and sight.

As a talented teenager, Wells auditioned for Berry Gordy’s Tamla Records as a songwriter, but instead she got a contract to be a performer. Bye Bye Baby, a song written by Wells, was recorded in Gordy’s new label, Motown Records. In 1961, the song became a hit. Wells stayed with Motown for five years. During those years and with the help of producer and songwriter, Smokey Robinson, Wells made several recordings. Her intimate and assertive voice, mixed with a soulful urgency, gave Wells a distinctive sound.

Three major singles, The One Who Really Loves You (no. 8, 1962), You Beat Me to the Punch (no. 9, 1962) and Two Lovers (no. 7, 1962), as well as her tours of the U.S. and Europe, turned her into one of the most popular singers in the Motown label. In 1964, Wells’ career reached a significant peak when her song, My Guy, made it to no. 1 on the pop chart and became one of the year’s best recordings. She also sang duets with Marvin Gaye, such as Once Upon a Time, which made it to no. 17 in 1964. (Source:

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