Bye Bye Baby I Don't Want To Take A Chan
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Digitally remastered edition of this classic Soul album. Originally released in 1961, this was the R&B vocalist's debut album and included the two hits mentioned in the album's title: 'Bye Bye Baby' and 'I Don't Want to Take a Chance'. Hallmark.
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How important and influential was Mary Wells in the business? In a span of 22 years, from 1960/1961 to 1982, she delivered 22 hit singles on the R&B charts for Motown (13), 20th Century (3), Atco (1), Jubilee (3), Reprise (1) and Epic (1), 19 of which crossed over to the Pop charts. Three of her hits were # 1 (1 Hot 100 and 3 R&B], The One Who Really Loves You was the first Hot 100 Top Ten (# 8 in 1962) for Gordy's Motown empire, and My Guy, written by Smokey Robinson, became their first Hot 100 # 1 in early 1964. Twelve of her hit singles were Pop Top 40 and 18 Top 40 R&B. Mary died tragically from throat cancer in 1992 at age 49.
Compare that to Dusty Springfield who, in a span of seven years from 1964 to 1970, had 18 Hot 100 hits for the Philips and Atlantic labels, and added one more 17 years later in 1987 with The Pet Shop Boys. That, in fact, was her highest charter, reaching # 2, and on her own her best was the # 4 You Don't Have To Say You Love Me from 1966. She never had a song make the R&B charts, and 11 of her hit singles made the Top 40. Dusty died tragically from breast cancer in 1999 at age 59.
These comparable career achievements and sad endings are marred by one salient fact: Dusty Springfield was inducted into the R&R Hall of Fame in 1999. Mary Wells has yet to be so honoured. What is wrong with this picture? With the precedent set by Dusty's induction, what possible justification can there be for Mary's continued exclusion?
You can honour her memory by dropping a line to the R&R Hall Of Fame in Cleveland pointing out this egregious oversight, and by purchasing historically important albums such as this. You won't be disappointed if you love the music of that bygone era.