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The original Marvelettes : Motown's mystery girl group
Taylor, Marc.
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Jamaica, N.Y. : Aloiv Pub., [2004]

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219 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
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ML421.M388 T39 2004 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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A biography on the Marvelettes, a female singing group in the 1960s on Motown Records.

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Booklist Review

Before the Supremes or Temptations scaled the pop charts, the Marvelettes' Please Mr. Postman became Motown's very first chart topper, in 1961. (Released on Motown's Tamla label, it was the company's, not the Motown label's, first number-one hit.) By the time the Marvelettes duplicated that success with Don't Mess with Bill in 1965, they had been supplanted in the distaff portion of the Motown pantheon, first by the gritty Martha Reeves and the Vandellas, then by Diana Ross and the Supremes. In all, the Marvelettes had 10 top-40 hits and survived the mid-1960s British invasion of American pop charts while such classic girl groups as the Shirelles didn't. Veteran R & B and soul scene observer Taylor tells the group's story amid the overall Motown story. The Marvelettes were an early and important Motown asset, but label boss Berry Gordy put their career on the back burner when he decided to concentrate his efforts on first Reeves and then Ross. That's Gordy for you, and this is vintage pop music history, entertaining and informative. --Mike Tribby Copyright 2004 Booklist

Library Journal Review

Freelance music writer Taylor (A Touch of Classic Soul) produces a much-needed book about Motown's Marvelettes, initially a group of five African American teenagers from Inkster, MI. Starting with their discovery after a high school talent show, he aptly shows the group's impact on the Motown machine, which scored its first number one hit with the Marvelettes' "Please Mr. Postman," exposed the girls to Southern racism on the 1962 Motown Revue, and eventually abandoned the group for the Supremes. The author also highlights the importance of the Marvelettes, with their ten Top 40 hits and pioneering songwriting efforts, to the girl-group craze of the early 1960s. Taylor charts the rise, fall, and breakup of the group, which was torn apart by drugs, personality clashes, and a vicious music industry. Well written and admirably researched, this book provides an intimate glimpse into the lives and careers of a neglected group of Motown artists and acts as a model for rock biographies. Highly recommended to a general audience as well as die-hard fans.-Dave Szatmary, Univ. of Washington, Seattle (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.