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The Marvelettes

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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
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Albums by
The Marvelettes

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    Playboy + Please Mr. Postman (Bonus Track Version)

    18 songs

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    The Very Best

    11 songs

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    The Marvelous Marvelettes

    10 songs

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    Playboy

    12 songs

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    The Return of the Marvelettes

    11 songs

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    Please Mr. Postman

    9 songs

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    The Very Best of the Marvelettes

    12 songs

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    In Full Bloom

    10 songs

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    Smash Hits of 62'

    12 songs

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    Sophisticated Soul

    12 songs

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    The Marvelettes

    42 songs

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    Deliver: The Singles (1961-1971)

    109 songs

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    Forever More: The Complete Motown Albums, Vol. 2

    87 songs

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    Forever: The Complete Motown Albums, Vol. 1

    18 songs

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    The Definitive Collection

    10 songs

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    The Very Best of the Marvelettes

    11 songs

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    20th Century Masters: The Millennium Collection: Best of the Marvelettes

    8 songs

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    Recorded Live on Stage

    10 songs

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    Mashed Potato Time

    10 songs

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    Mix It Up

    33 songs

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    Soul Legends

    9 songs

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    When You're Young And In Love

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    The Marvelettes Mix

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    Whisper

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Top Songs by
The Marvelettes

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  2.   Please Mr. Postman
  3.   Too Many Fish in the Sea
  4.   Don't Mess With Bill
  5.   Beechwood 4-5789
  6.   Playboy
  7.   My Baby Must Be a Magician
  8.   The Hunter Gets Captured by the Game
  9.   Twistin' Postman
  10.   Forever
  11.   Too Many Fish
  12.   Danger Heartbreak Dead Ahead
  13.   He's a Good Guy (Yes He Is)
  14.   So Long Baby
  15.   Three Months
  16.   No Time for Tears
  17.   You Ain't Livin' Till You're Lovin'
  18.   Keep Off, No Trespassing
  19.   Little Girl Blue
  20.   I'm Gonna Hold on as Long as I Can
  21.   Too Many Tears, Too Many Times
  22.   No Trespassing
  23.   Just One More Kiss (Before You Leave Me)
  24.   The Hunter Gets Captured
  25.   I Hope You Have Better Luck Than I Did
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Stations & Shows Featuring
The Marvelettes

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    Legends Of Motown

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    Girl Power: The 35 Greatest Girl Groups

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    55 Best Motown Songs

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    Dad's Kitchen

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    '60s Hits

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    '60s Deep Dive

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