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1964: “My guy” by Mary Wells was # 1 this week

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Motown had 32 # 1 hits.     Who recorded the first one?   The answer is Mary Wells and “My guy”:     

Shortly after signing Mary Wells, Berry Gordy transformed her from a songwriter to a performer of other writers’ material. In this capacity, she was one of the first singers in the Motown stable to record a song by the now-legendary Holland/Dozier/Holland songwriting team. That song, “You Lost the Sweetest Boy” (1963), featured the Supremes and the Temptations singing backup to Wells—an indication of where she stood in the Motown hierarchy at the time. It was the songs of Motown Vice President and chief Miracle William “Smokey” Robinson, however, which brought Wells her greatest successes.

In 1962, Wells earned her first and Motown’s first top 10 hits with the Robinson-penned “The One Who Really Loves Me,” “You Beat Me To The Punch” and “Two Lovers.”

And then in 1964, she earned her first #1 with Robinson’s “My Guy.”  

Years later, you heard the song in the soundtrack of “Sister act”.

 

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Written by scantojr

May 16, 2017 at 3:30 pm

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