Gladys Horton, Marvelette, RIP
January 27, 2011 4:54 PM Subscribe
posted by flapjax at midnite (19 comments total)
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, a founding member of the pioneering (yet undervalued by Berry Gordy and Motown) girl group The Marvelettes
, who sang lead on their 1961 classic Please Mr. Postman
has passed on
Horton also lent her appealingly full-bodied, husky lead vocal to:
Too Many Fish in the Sea
From this Detroit Free Press obituary
, silver-tongued Motown head honcho Berry Gordy: "Gladys was a very, very special lady, and I loved the way she sang with her raspy, soulful voice," Gordy said through a spokesperson. "We will all miss her, and she will always be a part of the Motown family."
Yeah, sure, Berry. But I'm more inclined to believe this, from Gladys Horton: "They never really respected us. Berry Gordy lost the Marvelette name in a gambling game once, that's how much they cared about us. We were just nothing to them."