The short instrumental intro to “My Guy” is still instantly recognizable if you are of a certain age.
Mary Wells was the first artist to enter a recording studio for the legendary Motown label. Her single “The One Who Really Loves You” was the first top 10 hit in Motown history. And on May 16, 1964, her “My Guy” was the first number one song for the label where it remained for two weeks.
Her time with Motown was short. She signed at age 17 and left when she was 21 due to a disagreement over royalties. She would never again enjoy the success she had with Motown.
She passed away in 1992 from cancer leaving behind one of the signature non-British songs of the mid-1960’s.