I learned today of the passing of Gladys Horton. Who was she, you are probably asking. Gladys was a founding member of The Marvelettes, whose Please Mr Postman I am sure you must have heard somewhere, sometime.
I recently gained a new appreciation for girl groups having over the Christmas break read the book Girl Groups: The Story of a Sound by Alan Betrock, which is something of a classic of it’s type, which I picked up years ago at a Save The Children book sale.
There was a whole chapter devoted to The Marvelettes, who were an early success story for Motown. So impressed was I with their story that I soon after bought a collection of their hits, that had just about everything that was noted in the chapter, such as the early hits (Please Mr Postman, Beachwood 4–5789) as well as the later Smokey Robinson penned stuff (Hunter Gets Captured By The Game and Don’t Mess With Bill).
So the Friday song goes out today in memory of Gladys. I have chosen to go with an early song and one that is perhaps less well known. The group had had a number 1 hit with Please Mr Postman, so naturally a follow up was called for, and since what worked once might work again, and further, as there was this crazy thing called the Twist doing big business, why not put the two together? I give you Twistin’ Postman.