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Mary Wells Bye Bye Baby - The Early Collection

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Mary Wells: Bye Bye Baby - The Early Collection

(JASMINE) 24 tracks 1961-62.

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  • Interpret: Mary Wells

  • Album titlle: Bye Bye Baby - The Early Collection

  • Label JASMINE

  • Genre R&B, Soul

  • Artikelart CD

  • EAN: 0604988023923

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Wells, Mary - Bye Bye Baby - The Early Collection CD 1
01 Come To Me
02 I Don't Want To Take A Chance
03 Bye Bye Baby
04 Shop Around
05 I Love The Way You Love
06 I'm Gonna Stay
07 Let Your Conscience Be Your Guide
08 Bad Boy
09 I'm So Sorry
10 Please Forgive Me
11 The One Who Really Loves You
12 Two Wrongs Don't Make A Right
13 You Beat Me To The Punch
14 I've Got A Notion
15 The Day Will Come
16 Strange Love
17 You're My Desire
18 I'll Still Be Around
19 She Don't Love You
20 Drifting Love
21 I'm Gonna Stay
22 Old Love (Let's Try It Again)
23 Operator
24 Two Lovers
Mary Wells My Guy Mary Wells My Guy Ever since Smokey Robinson took over the... more
"Mary Wells"

Mary Wells

My Guy

Mary Wells

My Guy

Ever since Smokey Robinson took over the production reins for Motown queen Mary Wells' output, the precocious chanteuse could do no wrong. Under Smokey's creative control, Wells posted three 1962 smashes, The One Who Really Loves You, You Beat Me To The Punch, and the coy Two Lovers, all employing refreshing Caribbean-tinged rhythms. 1963 kept the momentum rolling as Mary cooed Smokey's Laughing Boy, Your Old Standby, and What's Easy For Two Is So Hard For One, while Holland-Dozier-Holland wrote the hit You Lost The Sweetest Boy on the opposite side of the latter. 

But Smokey saved his best for last: My Guy gave Wells her long-awaited number one pop hit (R&B too). Wells was more seductive than ever after the stately horn intro, lifted directly from Eddie Heywood's Canadian Sunset. Bassist James Jamerson is incredible throughout but especially on the last breaks, while the Andantes, Motown's indispensable trio of female backing vocalists, add sassy retorts. Motown boss Berry Gordy appreciated their role in the tune's success. "He gave us a bonus of $500," says The Andantes' Louvain Demps. "That was the first bonus we ever got!" 

But there were storm clouds looming. Despite the mammoth success of My Guy and Mary's concurrent double-sided hit duet with Marvin Gaye, Wells' husband Herman Griffin, a former Motown artist, apparently persuaded Mary that she could do better elsewhere. Because she signed her contract prior to her 21st birthday, Mary managed to slip free, inking a pact with 20th Century Fox Records. It was a major tactical error. Wells managed a handful of decent sellers for the label and a #6 R&B entry on Atco in 1966 with Dear Lover (produced by Carl Davis), but she never scaled the heights she had at Hitsville.  Mary ended up on the oldies circuit until throat cancer robbed her of her most precious possession. She died at 49 on July 26, 1992.

- Bill Dahl -

Various - Sweet Soul Music

31 Scorching Classics From 1964

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Tracklist
Wells, Mary - Bye Bye Baby - The Early Collection CD 1
01 Come To Me
02 I Don't Want To Take A Chance
03 Bye Bye Baby
04 Shop Around
05 I Love The Way You Love
06 I'm Gonna Stay
07 Let Your Conscience Be Your Guide
08 Bad Boy
09 I'm So Sorry
10 Please Forgive Me
11 The One Who Really Loves You
12 Two Wrongs Don't Make A Right
13 You Beat Me To The Punch
14 I've Got A Notion
15 The Day Will Come
16 Strange Love
17 You're My Desire
18 I'll Still Be Around
19 She Don't Love You
20 Drifting Love
21 I'm Gonna Stay
22 Old Love (Let's Try It Again)
23 Operator
24 Two Lovers