Mary Wells

Mary Wells (May 13, 1943 — July 26, 1992) was an American soul singer who was part of the original Motown roster along with The Supremes, Martha & the Vandellas, the Four Tops, and The Temptations. She scored one of the biggest hits of 1964 with “My Guy,” written by Smokey Robinson of The Miracles. That same year, she recorded the album Together with Marvin Gaye, serving as his first duet partner (before Kim Weston and Tammy Terrell).

Despite her success at Motown, Wells departed in 1965 for 20th Century Fox, where she released two albums, one comprised of Beatles covers. She followed up with two 1966–68 albums on Atco and Jubilee before exiting the biz for 13 years. In 1981, she issued the soul-funk/boogie album In and Out of Love on Epic, scoring a hit with “Gigolo.”

She was born Mary Esther Wells on May 13, 1943, in Detroit.


  • Bye Bye Baby, I Don’t Want to Take a Chance (1961)
  • The One Who Really Loves You (1962)
  • Two Lovers and Other Great Hits (1963)
  • Together (1964 • Marvin Gaye & Mary Wells)
  • Mary Wells Sings My Guy (1964)
  • Love Songs to The Beatles (1965)
  • Mary Wells (1965)
  • The Two Sides of Mary Wells (1966)
  • Servin’ Up Some Soul (1968)
  • In and Out of Love (1981)
  • Easy Touch (1982)
  • The Old, the New and the Best of Mary Wells (1983)
  • Keeping My Mind on Love (1990)


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