Saturday, January 26, 2013

Mary Wells ‘Bye Bye Baby’ – Dusted Off #02

Released in 1960, Charted into 1961
Mary Wells was the first ‘Queen Of Motown’, thanks in large part to hits like ‘You Beat Me To The Punch’ and ‘My Guy’.  My favorite Mary Wells song however was her first single for Motown, released in 1960, ‘Bye Bye Baby’.  This song is a bit of an anomaly in Mary’s catalog- she wrote the song herself and her performance is much grittier and soulful than her soon-to-be classic smooth R&B style on later songs penned by the likes of Smokey Robinson and Holland-Dozier-Holland.  I guess that’s why I like it so much.  It’s always cool to hear the early stages of well-known artists when they are fresh out of the gate.  The story goes that Berry Gordy Jr. (Motown founder and writer of the B-Side to ‘Bye Bye Baby’, ‘Please Forgive Me’) had Mary sing him the song in person in the hallway of a club.  He signed her soon after and when producing this first single got in her face and demanded a raw, emotional, intense delivery for the A-Side track.  Well, he got it and Mary turned in an all-time classic.  Check out the video below of Mary performing ‘Bye Bye Baby’ live in 1962 at the Apollo, featuring The Temptations on backing vocals.  Cool.

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