Today in Music History: May 16, 1964
Go back first to the year 1959 when Berry Gordy started Tamla Records. A string of hit records were the result of a record company being run out of a house purchased in Detroit, MI. Here are a few you might remember:
That was only the beginning. Venture into the Spirit of the 60s Music. In 1962, Berry Gordy offered Mary Wells, an aspiring young singer, a recording contract. However, there was a catch: Gordy was interested in making a record with Wells but not under the Tamla label. His aspirations at this point leaned toward a brand new label that had no identity or reputation in the marketplace: Motown, an American record company. Sound familiar?
Wells was not really in a position to argue so she signed on as the fledgling label's very first artist. Two two years later, Mary Wells gave Motown its first #1 hit when "My Guy" reached the top of the Billboard pop chart on May 16, 1964.
Mary Wells, who gave Motown its first #1 hit on this day in 1964,
died of throat cancer at the age of 49 on July 26, 1992.
And the music goes on beating to the rhythm of the changing times...