Mary Wells

Motown Records' first bona fide female star, Mary Wells enjoyed a string of Top 40 singles between 1962 and 1964, including her signature tune, the coy, soulful No. 1 hit "My Guy." Blessed with a unique singing voice ... Read more »
Born: 05/13/1943 in Detroit, Michigan, USA

Filmography

Music (5)

Jennifer Eight 1992 (Movie)

("Two Lovers") (Song Performer)

My Boyfriend's Back 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Song Performer

The Best of Cinemax Sessions 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Song Performer

More American Graffiti 1979 (Movie)

("My Guy") (Song Performer)

Nothing But a Man 1964 (Movie)

(Song Performer)
Actor (5)

My Boyfriend's Back 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Smokey Robinson 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Let's Rock Tonight Concert 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

The Legendary Ladies 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

Motown Returns to the Apollo 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

Motown Records' first bona fide female star, Mary Wells enjoyed a string of Top 40 singles between 1962 and 1964, including her signature tune, the coy, soulful No. 1 hit "My Guy." Blessed with a unique singing voice that sounded equally demure and come-hither, Wells helped to usher Motown into the American mainstream during the early 1960s, but like many of its stars, failed to repeat her success once she left the label's aegis. A string of failed record deals and troubled marriages torpedoed her career, and by the early 1970s, she had left the business altogether. Wells mounted a brief comeback in the early 1980s, but found a receptive audience on the nostalgia circuit. As her life appeared to achieve a state of normalcy in the early 1990s, she was diagnosed with cancer, which depleted her health and fortune. A host of famous admirers revived her finances shortly before Wells died from the disease in 1992. Though she had never achieved lasting fame during her lifetime, her music - particularly "My Guy" - enjoyed enduring popularity for nearly half a century.

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