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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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The Two Sides Of Mary Wells (CD) Mary Wells: The Two Sides Of Mary Wells (CD) Art-Nr.: CD050820

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(DBK Works) 12 tracks
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Bye Bye Baby (CD) Mary Wells: Bye Bye Baby (CD) Art-Nr.: CD516129

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(Motown Record) 10 tracks
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Looking Back 1961-1964 (2-CD) Mary Wells: Looking Back 1961-1964 (2-CD) Art-Nr.: CD625326

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(Motown Records) 43 tracks, remastered from the original mono masters, 19-page booklet, essay by David Ritz
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Early Classics (CD) Mary Wells: Early Classics (CD) Art-Nr.: CD552124

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(Motown-Spectrum) 18 tracks ​
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Bye Bye Baby I Don't Want To Take A Chance (LP) Mary Wells: Bye Bye Baby I Don't Want To Take A Chance (LP) Art-Nr.: LPM5161V

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(1981/Motown) 10 tracks - Originally sealed re-issue of the 1961 'Motown' album
$18.41
Mary Wells Sings My Guy (LP, Vinyl 180 Gram) Mary Wells: Mary Wells Sings My Guy (LP, Vinyl 180 Gram) Art-Nr.: LPSPMOT617

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(2009/Speaker's Corner) 12 tracks - Audiophile reproduction of the original 1964 Motown LP-album! 180 gram vinyl and still sealed!
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The One Who Really Loves You (CD) Mary Wells: The One Who Really Loves You (CD) Art-Nr.: CD600834

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(2014/Soul Jam) 20 tracks, 1960-1962, 51:24 min Mary Wells developed a unique stage persona that was shy and sexy at the same time. Her earthy, radiant, and crystal clear voice presaged what was to come later with The Supremes and Diana...
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The One Who Really Loves You - Two Lovers (CD) Mary Wells: The One Who Really Loves You - Two Lovers (CD) Art-Nr.: CDTOP387

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(2012/ACE) 20 tracks (51:00) 20 page booklet. The 1962 and 1963 albums by Motown's first superstar - taken from original mono LP masters. Incredible sound quality!*****
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The Definitive Collection (CD) Mary Wells: The Definitive Collection (CD) Art-Nr.: CDMOT77335

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(2008/UNIVERSAL) 18 tracks
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Ain't It The Truth - The Best Of Mary Wells 1964-1982 (CD) Mary Wells: Ain't It The Truth - The Best Of Mary Wells... Art-Nr.: CDVSD5514

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​(Varese Sarabande) 15 Tracks
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The Soulful Sound Of... (2-CD) Mary Wells: The Soulful Sound Of... (2-CD) Art-Nr.: CDNOT2524

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(2014/NotNow) 24 tracks, 1960-62
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Bye,Bye Baby, I Don't Want To Take A Chance Mary Wells: Bye,Bye Baby, I Don't Want To Take A Chance Art-Nr.: CD600813

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(2012/Souljam) 20 tracks 55:21
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Something New - Motown Lost & Found (Limited Edition) (2-CD) Mary Wells: Something New - Motown Lost & Found (Limited... Art-Nr.: CDHIP11775

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(2012/HipoSelect) 47 tracks
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Bye Bye Baby - I Don't Want To Take A Chance Mary Wells: Bye Bye Baby - I Don't Want To Take A Chance Art-Nr.: LP771891

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(2013/Waxtime) 14 tracks
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Bye Bye Baby - The One Who Really Loves You Mary Wells: Bye Bye Baby - The One Who Really Loves You Art-Nr.: CDRMB75183

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(2013/IMC Music) 24 tracks - two original albums plus bonus singles
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Bye Bye Baby - The Early Collection Mary Wells: Bye Bye Baby - The Early Collection Art-Nr.: CDJAS239

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(JASMINE) 24 tracks 1961-62.
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Sings My Guy - 180g Vinyl Mary Wells: Sings My Guy - 180g Vinyl Art-Nr.: PPAN7135

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(MOTOWN) 12 tracks
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Dear Lover Mary Wells: Dear Lover Art-Nr.: CDCOL9975

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(2006/COLLECTABLES) 10 tracks - original Atlantic recordings
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