Publisher's Weekly Calls Mary Wells Book
"Excellent and Fascinating:"
Benjaminson (The Lost Supreme) delivers another excellent
and fascinating behind-the-scenes look at the artists who
made Motown Records a massive success in the 1960s.
He sympathetically recounts the tumultuous life of singer
Mary Wells, who gave the company its first #1 hit in 1964 ---
"My Guy" ---which Mary Wilson of the Supremes called "the
epitome of the Motown Sound."
Relying heavily on four hours of interviews with Wells done
by author Steve Bergsman between 1990 and 1992, as well
as his own numerous interviews with friends, lovers and
business associates, Benjaminson describes how Wells
became "a Motown goddess: its premiere female vocalist, a
position she would hold without challgnge from 1962 to
1964," when she suddenly left Motown, leaving the Supremes
to become Motown's most commercially successful vocal
He details how Wells' success "held the company together
ecnomically while the Supremes were struggling to gain
traction"; he explores the facts behind her belief that her
Motown contract was unfair; and he recounts in detail her
recordings for a series of companies, including Atlantic
Records, where she never was able to repeat her past glory.
But Benjaminson shows that while Wells struggled through
problem with men, money and drugs until she died of throat
cancer in 1992, she never stopped performing to adoring
audiences --- with "My Guy" as her signature song.