D.O.B.: May 13, 1943
D.O.D.: July 26, 1992
Cause of Death: Throat Cancer
Location: Forest Lawn Glendale; Freedom Mausoleum; Columbarium of Patriots
Mary Wells was Motown's biggest star.
She came to the attention of Berry Gordy as a 17-year-old, hawking a song she'd written for Jackie Wilson; that song, "Bye Bye Baby," became her first Motown hit in 1961.
Smokey Robinson wrote and produced her biggest Motown hits — "Two Lovers," "You Beat Me to the Punch," and "The One Who Really Loves You" all made the Top Ten in the early '60s, and "My Guy" hit the number one spot in mid-1964, at the very height of Beatle mania.
Mary turned 21 years old as "My Guy" was rising to the top of the charts, and left Motown almost immediately afterwards for a reported advance of several hundred thousand dollars from 20th Century Fox.
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