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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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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!

$23.54 *

Mary Wells: The Definitive Collection (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDMOT77335
 

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(2008/UNIVERSAL) 18 tracks

$11.74 *

Mary Wells: Bye Bye Baby - The Early Collection
Art-Nr.: CDJAS239
 

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(JASMINE) 24 tracks 1961-62.

$17.64 *

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

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​(Varese Sarabande) 15 Tracks

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Mary Wells: The Soulful Sound Of... (2-CD)
Art-Nr.: CDNOT2524
 

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(2014/NotNow) 24 tracks, 1960-62

$9.38 *

Mary Wells: Bye Bye Baby - I Don't Want To Take A Chance
Art-Nr.: LP771891
 

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(2013/Waxtime) 14 tracks

$23.31 *

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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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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Mary Wells: The One Who Really Loves You - Two Lovers
Art-Nr.: CDTOP387
 

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(2012/ACE) 20 tracks (51:00) 20 page booklet. The 1962/63 albums by Motown's first superstar - taken from original mono LP masters. Incredible sound quality!*****

$20.95 *

Mary Wells: Dear Lover
Art-Nr.: CDCOL9975
 

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(2006/COLLECTABLES) 10 tracks - original Atlantic recordings

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Mary Wells: Sings My Guy - 180g Vinyl
Art-Nr.: PPAN7135
 

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(MOTOWN) 12 tracks

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Mary Wells: The One Who Really Loves You
Art-Nr.: CD600834
 

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(2014/Soul Jam) 20 tracks 1960-1962 51:24

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Mary Wells: Something New - Motown Lost & Found (Limited Edition) (2-CD)
Art-Nr.: CDHIP11775
 

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(2012/HipoSelect) 47 tracks

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