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Mary Wells: Teenage Chart-Topper With Motown Style

Bill Millar, The History of Rock, 1982

Mary Wells helped create the history that surrounds the Motown sound. She was their third chart-topper and the first to achieve international acclaim. But despite these credentials ("The Beatles' favorite singer" was another), her success petered out within months of a Number 1 hit.

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