Sometimes Mary Wells, 1943-1992, just slides under the radar when one thinks about the Motown label but she was one of its shining stars during its early days. She was signed to Motown at the age of 17. She was the first artist to record a top ten hit and was the first to reach number one with “My Guy,” which was her signature tune.
She would release three top ten singles during 1963. The second of the three, “You Beat Me To The Punch,” was issued during the late summer and peaked at number nine on the BILLBOARD MAGAZINE Hot 100. It also topped the Rhythm & Blues Chart.
She would chart 13 Pop Chart singles, 1961-1964, before leaving the label. She would chart ten more singles for various labels, 1965-1965 and would pass away from throat cancer in 1992.