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Mary Wells: The Tumultuous Life of Motown's First Superstar

Condition: BRAND NEW
ISBN: 9781613734865
Author(s): Peter Benjaminson
Format: Paperback
Year: 2016
Publisher: Chicago Review Press
Dimensions: 145 x 221 x 18 (w x l x h)
Pages: 320

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Years before Diana Ross, Mary Wells was the first Motown solo superstar, the internationally popular songstress who sang the megahit 'My Guy.' Her songs consistently and repeatedly reached huge audiences in America and England, both black and white. She captivated the Beatles, toured with them, and was briefly more popular than they were on the pop charts. But Wells left Motown at age 21 and spent the rest of her life trying to fight her way back to the top. She also had a series of tumultuous affairs and marital attachments with several well-known singers and songwriters. And near the end of her life, Wells fought a drawn-out and courageous battle with throat cancer, giving perhaps her gutsiest performance. Peter Benjaminson has spent years interviewing Wells's friends, lovers, and husbands, and obtained an amazingly detailed unreleased taped interview with Wells herself. In Mary Wells, he tells her whole story, complete with never-before revealed details about the sex, the violence, and the drugs in her life - and about her Motown hits that captivated the world.

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