ConcertKatie.com Calls Mary Wells Book "An Interesting Read:"
Mary Wells was one of the first female singers signed to Motown. She quickly
became known as “The Queen of Motown” and helped bring black music to the
forefront of America. She is probably most well known for her single “My Guy”
but it is believed that she helped bring in millions of dollars to Motown with all of
This book is her complete biography and includes information from interviews
done with Mary while she was dying of cancer in the early 90s. While on her death
bed she did these interviews as well as hired laywers to sue Motown because she
was left penniless based on her contracts with the record company, despite
bringing them in quite a lot of money. Barry Gordy had given her $25,000 to help
out with medical expenses but Mary still hired a lawyer.
The book chronicles her entire life – the early days when she was told that she
couldn’t perform because she was “wearing a pant suit” (but after saying she
would change into a dress was told that she could not perform because she was
black) Her multiple singles (the end of the book has a complete discography for
her), her touring with the Beatles, her ups and downs in life, her multiple
Definitely an interesting read on a woman who helped bring Motown to the
I received a free e-copy of this book from the publisher in order to write this
review. I was not otherwise compensated.
Peter Benjaminson is the author of The Lost Supreme: The Life of Dreamgirl
Florence Ballard and The Story of Motown, and is the coauthor of Investigative
Reporting. He has written numerous stories for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution
and the Detroit Free Press. He lives in New York City.