The earliest Motown girl group to achieve stardom, the Marvelettes gave the company its first #1 hit on the pop charts with “Please Mr. Postman” in 1961. The Marvelettes paved the way for groups like the Supremes, and Martha Reeves and the Vandellas, setting a glamorous course for them to follow.
Motown executives Brian Holland and Robert Bateman discovered Inkster High School students, Katherine Anderson, Juanita Cowart, Georgia Dobbins, Gladys Horton and Georgeanna Tillman, then known as the Marvels, at a talent show. Wanda Young joined the group when Georgia Dobbins’ father disapproved of her musical career.
Ill health reduced the group’s numbers and changed its key personnel over the years, but the Marvelettes continued to produce hits for Motown well into the 1960s, reaching the charts multiple times with singles such as “The Hunter Gets Captured by the Game” and “My Baby Must Be a Magician.”