‘Please Mr Postman’: How The Marvelettes Scored Motown’s First №1

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Sep 11, 2019 · 3 min read

Ian McCann

Photo: Motown/EMI Hayes Archive

It was a song built on a simple idea — and those are often the best. Gladys Horton, the plaintive lead singer of The Marvelettes, is waiting for a letter from her boyfriend “so far away”. Or just a card — any kind of acknowledgement, really. Anxious, fearful and lonely, she leaves you wondering if she is waiting in vain. You can’t help but…