In late 1961, Motown Records earned it’s first number one pop hit thanks to The Marvelettes’ song “Please Mr. Postman.”  The song featured the fiery lead vocals of a 16-year-old girl named Gladys Horton.  On January 26th, the lead singer of “Please Mr. Postman” died at the age of 65.

Gladys Horton, the powerful soul singer who co-founded the all-female Motown ensemble the Marvelettes, died late Wednesday in a nursing home. According to, Horton died January 26th in Sherman Oaks, California from complications related a stroke. Horton formed The Marvelettes (then known as the Casinyets) at Michigan’s Inskter High School with members of her […]