1967 The Marvelettes – The Hunter Gets Captured By The Game
Several high school students at Inkster High School in Michigan sang together in the glee club. In 1960, they began performing together as the Marvels.
In 1961, the group auditioned with Tamla with a song featuring lead singer Georgia Dobbins. The song was written by a friend of Georgia’s, and she modified the song a bit. While they passed the audition, Georgia left the group.
Gladys Horton, Katherine Anderson, Georgeanna Tillman, Juanita Cowart, and new singer Wanda Young signed with Motown. The label had them change their name to the Marvelettes, and staff writers Freddie Gorman, Brian Holland, and Robert Bateman reworked the song. Brian and Robert produced a recording of the song with Gladys singing lead.
The result was Please Mr. Postman. The 1961 record sold over a million copies and was the first number one record at Motown. The group reached the top ten on the Hot 100 again Playboy and the top twenty with Beechwood 4-5789.
That was the group’s last visit to the top twenty on the Hot 100 for nearly four years. While they had over a dozen top forty singles on the R&B charts during that time, all they did on the pop charts was two singles that stalled at #25 and #34.
Juanita left the group in 1963. The Marvelettes turned down the chance to record Where Did Our Love Go in 1964, which gave the Supremes their first number one record. They chose to record Too Many Fish in the Sea instead, and that single only reached #25 on the Hot 100.
Multiple health issues forced Georgeanna to resign from the group in early 1965.
In 1966, Smokey wrote and produced the single Don’t Mess With Bill and the group again reached the top ten and scored their second gold record.
The group reached #13 early in 1967 with The Hunter Gets Captured By The Game. Smokey Robinson again wrote and produced their single.
The group only had two more singles in the top forty after that success, and by 1970 they group had disbanded.
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