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Tue October 1, 2013

Book chronicles troubled life of Motown queen Mary Wells

Mary Wells was the first Motown star with a number one hit,  the first from the label to be nominated for a Grammy and even considered The Beatles 'Sweetheart.'
Mary Wells was the first Motown star with a number one hit, the first from the label to be nominated for a Grammy and even considered The Beatles 'Sweetheart.'
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In the early 1960’s, Mary Wells was the "Queen of Motown." But her life was not always so glamorous. She grew up in Detroit,  in the Black Bottom and Cass Corridor neighborhoods, yet she was determined to find a way into the music industry.

Peter Benjaminson is the author of “Mary Wells: the Tumultuous Life of Motown’s First Superstar.” He explains to Current State’s Emanuele Berry that Mary managed to get signed to Motown at age 16 by pestering Barry Gordy.

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