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Mary Wells

1943 - 1992

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Mary Esther Wells (May 13, 1943 – July 26, 1992) was an American singer, who helped to define the emerging sound of Motown in the early 1960s.Along with the Supremes, the Miracles, the Temptations, Martha Reeves and the Vandellas, and the Four Tops, Wells was said to have been part of the charge in black music onto radio stations and record shelves of mainstream America, "bridging the color lines in music at the time."With a string of hit singles composed mainly by Smokey Robinson, including "The One Who Really Loves You", "Two Lovers", and the Grammy-nominated "You Beat Me to the Punch", all in 1962, plus her signature hit, "My Guy" (1964), she became recognized as "The Queen of Motown" until her departure from the company in 1964, at the height of her success. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Mary Wells has received more than 1,127,040 page views. Her biography is available in 16 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 15 in 2019). Mary Wells is the 2,097th most popular singer (down from 1,992nd in 2019), the 11,372nd most popular biography from United States (down from 10,882nd in 2019) and the 605th most popular American Singer.

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Among singers, Mary Wells ranks 2,097 out of 3,528Before her are Shindong, Edwyn Collins, Karolina Gočeva, Fiona Apple, MF Doom, and Edie Brickell. After her are Wendy, Nicky Byrne, Sofi Marinova, Kate McGarrigle, Annie Ross, and Petra Marklund.

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Among people born in 1943, Mary Wells ranks 587Before her are Vince Cable, Lothar Kobluhn, Anthony R. Hunter, Bruce Weitz, John McEnery, and Bill Gosper. After her are Rose Tremain, Robert J. Bentley, Mike Fisher, Jonathan Rosenbaum, Julie Ege, and Carolyn Schuler. Among people deceased in 1992, Mary Wells ranks 242Before her are Ian Wolfe, Lona Andre, Todd Armstrong, George Murphy, Fedor Samokhin, and Tamara Lazakovich. After her are Cleavon Little, Bill Wheatley, Allan Jones, Kanan Devi, Bill Williams, and Eddie Kendricks.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Mary Wells ranks 11,372 out of 18,182Before her are Joan Marsh (1914), Patrick Schwarzenegger (1993), Eugenie Clark (1922), Monica Raymund (1986), Jon Oliva (1959), and David Henrie (1989). After her are Danny Ainge (1959), Gail Ann Dorsey (1962), Oguchi Onyewu (1982), Oliver Hudson (1976), Lewis Black (1948), and Heather Hunter (1969).

Among SINGERS In United States

Among singers born in United States, Mary Wells ranks 605Before her are Ernest Tubb (1914), Crystal Gayle (1951), Jerry Butler (1939), Ray Price (1926), Fiona Apple (1977), and Edie Brickell (1966). After her are Tony Orlando (1944), Keb' Mo' (1951), Ben Moody (1981), Betty Everett (1939), Ramblin' Jack Elliott (1931), and Carole Bayer Sager (1947).