Mary Wells

unsung_marywellsmillen

Before The Supremes, Marvin Gaye or The Temptations, Mary Wells was Motown’s reigning star. Signed to the label at age 17, she had instant success with Smokey Robinson songs like "You Beat Me to the Punch," "Two Lovers" and "My Guy," making her the first artist to bring Motown a Grammy nomination, and garnering an invitation to tour with The Beatles, at the height of their own success. Then in a stunning move, Mary walked away from the label in a dispute over money just as her career was peaking, the first major artist to leave Motown.

What do you think of this Unsung story? Who do you think is unsung? Tell us in the comments, below.

MORE BLOGS

Jay Z to Launch Venture Capital Firm

Jay Z and business partner Jay Brown are set to launch a venture capital firm.

READ MORE

When You Haven’t Heard From Him in&nb...

Do you have the guts to confront someone you’re dating for being M.I.A.?

READ MORE

James Brown Drummer Clyde Stubblefield Dies...

The man who launched a thousand hip-hop classics passes away.

READ MORE