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The Marvelettes

Probably the most pop-oriented of Motown's major female acts, the Marvelettes didn't project as strong an identity as the Supremes, Mary Wells, or Martha Reeves, but recorded quite a few hits, including Motown's first number one single, "Please Mr. Postman" (1961). "Postman," as well as other chirpy early-'60s hits like "Playboy," "Twistin' Postman," and "Beechwood 4-5789," were the label's purest girl group efforts. Featuring two strong lead singers, Gladys Horton and Wanda Young, the Marvelettes went through five different lineups, but maintained a high standard on their recordings. After a few years, they moved from girl group sounds to up-tempo and mid-tempo numbers that were more characteristic of Motown's production line. They received no small help from Smokey Robinson, who produced and wrote many of their singles; Holland-Dozier-Holland, Berry Gordy, Mickey Stevenson, Marvin Gaye, and Ashford-Simpson also got involved with the songwriting and production at various points. After the mid-'60s Wanda Young assumed most of the lead vocal duties; Gladys Horton departed from the group in the late '60s. While the Marvelettes didn't cut as many monster smashes as most of their Motown peers after the early '60s, they did periodically surface with classic hits like "Too Many Fish in the Sea," "Don't Mess With Bill," and "The Hunter Gets Captured by the Game." There were also plenty of fine minor hits and misses, like 1965's "I'll Keep Holding On," which is just as memorable as the well-known Motown chart-toppers of the era. The group quietly disbanded in the early '70s after several years without a major hit. ~ Richie Unterberger, Rovi
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Track List: Forever: The Complete Motown Albums: Volume 1

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Very true bobonnit!
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Mr. Postman, Beechwood, Mashed Potato. All classics. They're not in the Hall of Fame, though. Got snubbed again for 2015.
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I remember this group because I was in love at time and bring me memories of my girlfriend at that time, millie or mil@gros.
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flyfish_chas
The music sound so good, she can sing!
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t_heath
Forever! What a great song......
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A fool just to be with you, forever! *,*
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Great music for a great time
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Fantastic ! Why can't howling hacks like Beyonce and Niki Minaj take a clue from the Motown artists ?
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♡♡
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Brings back so many memories.
Love this jam.
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so soulful, a real classic love it
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cute song!
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Dis song de Bomb!!!!:) old school!
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Yes baby I'm the one n only who really loves u Mario Chavez
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Plz! Mr. Postman I need my letter with my mula!! :) :)
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lawpete49
Damn Pandora you got me crying again!!!!!
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My baby Smokey Robinson wrote Mr.Postman
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bonniegee360
Love you better wake up.....
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surita482
Sandra 59 : this use to be your music playing. Pete
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jacob65aguil a r 5 5
Love my husband forever.shan e mattos.r.i.p
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Nothing like this music and Mary Wells.
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j144174
Sorry. Me. Hanmoe work. she. Said.
Mc. Loed. mem. Poatry. seses.
Mc. Javonni
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FOREVER baby¡! ¿? FOREVER ;)
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feroque
Every day I rock in my office, great music great memories. Thank you Pandora
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lawpete49
The Supremes got all the hype. But the couldn't touch the Marvelettes! ! !
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What can you say..... just go with it......
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Love it
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They will be inducted into the rock & roll hall of fame 2014. Thank God!!!! Love you girls from Inkster.
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Why can't black people make music like this anymore
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Good song!
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great tunes...they were great...Moto w n . . . O M G ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! the talent that went thru there
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marvins39
gladys horton..r.i. p . THE lead singer of the group
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One of my greatest women group's that ever grace a stage I hope
Maded to hall of fame!!
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One of my favs! (:
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great group of my time doo wop daddy
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this is the best saving my soul
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Cannot believe what a difference having pandora has made to my life. Just carry i pad Around my house from room to room, dance to the rocker ones, stop and think about what we were doing back when these fabulous 60's songs were dominating our lives. Of course I have cd's etc but it is the portability and the easiness of pandora which is just fantastic. Listening to Stand by Me now which just makes me smile. Of course I'm a baby boomer. Thank god for technology.. . t h a n k you pandora people.
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Sweet ....love marveletes.. g r e a t music.
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This my jam
Noe Reyes Pinto
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I remember when this song came out I had a girlfriend that lived cross town and I would write Her all the time. I would put on the outside of the envelope for the mail carrier If not delivered in 5 days please Mr. postman walk faster!
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sacolema2
This is Sam Cooke's song - sorry!
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Thisis my jam
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Youis sodeep
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Yougo
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Loved them the best out of all the girl groups. They were so soulful! Mom played them to death!
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Lunchmeat sandwiches,l a y s potato chips, nickle cokes,60's*9 7 8 * 4 m 1 4 y ~
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Pandora's playing a lot of Mary Wells songs - like The One who Really Loves You
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most pop oriented of all Motown's girl groups...abs o l u t e l y not. The Supremes were far more pop and were created to be pop.
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nothingbeats a c o k e a n d p i z z a
Mary, u rule!!
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Don't read this because it actually works. You will be kissed on the nearest Friday by the love of your life. However if you do not post this you will die in 2 days. Now you have started reading this don't stop. This is so scary put this on 5 songs in 143 minutes when done press f6 and your lovers name will appear on this screen in big letters this is so scary because it works
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