235. The Marvelettes

If you were to take a guess as to who was the first Motown act to score a #1 hit, few would guess the Marvelettes. It is hard to see why this would be the case as this was a girl group that had many hits in the early days of Rock. It also easy to see why they might not be considered as they had a Pop sound that didn’t sound like the Motown groups that followed.   Not only were the Marvelettes the group that gave Motown its first hit, they helped put them on the map. The Marvelettes were not just the first Motown success; they were one of the better girl groups who had a distinct Pop infused sound that helped them gain cross over appeal. Carrying the weight of their label on their shoulder the Marvelettes set the stage for other Motown girl groups to follow. Sadly, the very label they helped make shifted their focus to other acts. Faced with competition form their own label and from the British Invasion, the Marvelettes quietly faded away. Considering their place in history, they should have least been nominated at one point.         The Bullet Points:   Eligible Since: 1986   Country of Origin: U.S.A. (Inkster, MI)   Why They Will Get In: A successful Motown act should always be up for consideration.   Why They Won’t Get In: As they have never been nominated for twenty three years, they could be one Motown act that the Hall does not want to recognize.   Nominated In: Never   Essential Albums: Please Mr. Postman (1961) Playboy (1962) The Marvelous Marvelettes (1963) The Marvelettes (1967)   Our Five Favorite Songs as Chosen by Each Member of the NIHOF Committee: Please Mr. Postman (From Please Mr. Postman, 1961) Playboy (From Playboy, 1962) Beechwood 4-5789 (From Playboy, 1962) Someday, Someway (From Playboy, 1962) The Hunter Gets Captured in the Game (From The Marvelettes, 1967) {acepolls 221}

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