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Mary Esther Wells (May 13, 1943 – July 26, 1992) was an American singer who defined the early sound of Motown Records in the early sixties. Along with The Miracles, The Temptations, The Supremes, andThe Four Tops, Wells was said to have been part of the charge in black music onto radio stations and record shelves of mainstream America “bridging the color lines in music at the time.”

With a string of hit singles mainly composed by Smokey Robinson including “Two Lovers” (1962), the Grammy-nominated “You Beat Me to the Punch” (1962) and her signature hit, “My Guy” (1964), she became recognized as “The Queen of Motown” until her departure from the company in 1964, at the height of her popularity. In other circles, she’s referred to as the “The First Lady of Motown” and was one of Motown’s first singing superstars.

Mary Esther Wells was born near Detroit’s Wayne State University on May 13, 1943 to a domestic mother and an absentee father. One of three children, she caught spinal meningitis at the age of two and struggled with partial blindness, deafness in one ear and temporary paralysis. During her early years, Wells’ family grew up in a poor residential Detroit district. By age 12, Wells was helping her mother with housecleaning work. She described the ordeal years later:

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  • b-factor

    My Guy ❤

    4 Jun 3:53pm Reply
  • mahspears

    oh good times =)

    17 Nov 2013 Reply
  • HilaryBanks

    Two Lovers

    3 Nov 2013 Reply
  • Dezstruction78

    I love your music so much. <3

    4 Aug 2013 Reply
  • Nyasa_Lake

    Tell me more?

    1 Jun 2013 Reply
  • RushingFM

    A talent.

    9 Mar 2013 Reply
  • HilaryBanks

    You beat me to the punch ❤

    3 Sep 2012 Reply
  • DocMagicMusic

    auch wenn es nicht meine Generation ist: Schon vom Bild her könnt ich mich verlieben. Und die Stimme ist der HAAAMMMERRR!

    9 May 2012 Reply
  • EricValeev

    I Don’t Want to Take a Chance

    12 Apr 2012 Reply
  • BEARx3

    15 years old listening to oldies since i was 10 never regret it cause you beat me to the punch mary wells

    19 Oct 2011 Reply
  • Dunangus

    What a lovely lady and brilliant singer with so much love coming from her music

    7 Oct 2011 Reply
  • Druid66

    Her "Guy" is one lucky dude indeed! As are we, to have her music.

    28 Aug 2011 Reply
  • kaylakaulitz

    My Guy <3

    28 Jun 2011 Reply
  • mrdeaddaddy

    very nice..

    20 Nov 2010 Reply
  • ChucksLastFM1

    Shes really pretty.

    27 Oct 2010 Reply
  • PerfectLie

    She was always one of my favourites.

    20 Oct 2010 Reply
  • GratefulFrog

    i adore her

    7 Aug 2010 Reply
  • LouisAlexander

    One fine day!

    8 Mar 2010 Reply
  • Batiste369

    Why so few plays?

    7 Aug 2009 Reply
  • playsafe001

    The life and times of the motown stars is an extraordinary new book gives a fascinating insight into the lives and careers of all the key figures in the history of Motown, and chronicles the meteoric rise of the label. With over 150 life studies, this book is a `must read' for any fan of the music. From Diana Ross, Marvin Gaye and The Four Tops, to Smokey Robinson, Stevie Wonder and The Jackson 5 - discover what life was really like for these musical legends. The release coincides with live arena tours of ex-Motown artists (Lionel Ritchie, Michael Jackson), the Motown Legends UK arena tour, major back catalogue album releases, nationwide in-store displays, and numerous TV interviews with ex-Motown stars. For more info contact James or Andrea james@hudson-pr.com / andrea@hudson-pr.com / 020 8 600 5010

    9 Jul 2009 Reply
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