Mary Wells Sings My Guy Mary Wells

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Album-Release:
1964

HRA-Release:
20.04.2016

Label: Motown

Genre: R&B

Subgenre: Soul

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  • 1He's The One I Love02:40
  • 2Whisper You Love Me Boy02:42
  • 3My Guy02:54
  • 4Does He Love Me?02:54
  • 5How? When My Heart Belongs To You02:28
  • 6He Holds His Own02:31
  • 7My Baby Just Cares For Me02:54
  • 8I Only Have Eyes For You02:50
  • 9You Do Something To Me02:39
  • 10It Had To Be You02:26
  • 11If You Love Me (Really Love Me)02:41
  • 12At Last02:43
  • Total Runtime32:22

Info for Mary Wells Sings My Guy

„On this album, Smokey Robinson demonstrated his ability to craft and hone great material for female acts, something he would later repeat with The Marvelettes. Besides the title track, which became Motown's first Top Ten and #1 pop hit, there were other strong tunes, such as "He's the One I Love" and "At Last," that weren't hits but certainly should have been.“ (Ron Wynn, AMG)

Mary Wells, lead vocals
The Andantes, backing vocals (side 1 tracks 1 - 4, 6; all side 2 tracks)
The Love-Tones, backing vocals (side 1 tracks 4 - 6)
Eddie Holland, backing vocals (with the Love-Tones on "He Holds His Own")
The Funk Brothers, all instruments

Produced by Smokey Robinson

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: www.classic.motown.com)

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