B.L.A.C. MAGAZINE CALLS "MARY WELLS: THE
TUMULTUOUS LIFE OF MOTOWN'S FIRST
SUPERSTAR" AN "INSIDE AND EXCLUSIVE" LOOK AT
THIS MOTOWN GIANT
In the biography, "Mary Wells: The Tumultuous Life of
Motown's First Superstar," author Peter Benjaminson
delivers an inside look at the life and career of
Detroit-bred Motown singer Mary Wells.
Wells signed to the legendary Motown records at the
young age of 17. She quickly climbed her way to the
top, becoming Motown's first solo superstar. By
crossing the color line with her hit song "My Guy,"
Wells became one of the labels's first artists to acheve
mainstream attention. However, at age 21, the artist
made the decision to leave the Motown label, a decision
that not only revealed the corruption within the first
major Black-owned music company but also left Wells
struggling to get back to the top.
Through exclusive interviews with family and friends
and four hours of previously unreleased deathbed
interviews, Benjaminson pays tribute to the former
Motown superstar and explores her life as a struggling
singer and as a victim of throat cancer during her