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on 27 April 2004
If your a fan of Motown then you will love this book. Rather like the FunkBrothers this is an a story of a group that was an important part ofMotown during the sixties but some how got "lost" yet where the FunkBrothers were unseen the houseband the Marvelettes were the first Motowngirl group to hit big, in fact they were one of the first of any of theMotown acts to get a hit. This book charts the rise and the fall of theMavelettes with input from most of the original group. It takes you fromhow they walked into Motown and became and overnite success with theiranthem 'Please Mr Postman' to their gradual decline ending with a wimperrather than a bang. This is an enjoyable read but sad at the same time,overall you are given the impression that the Marvelettes were a victim ofcircumstance. They came to prominace at the end of the girl group era butbefore the era of civil rights, Motown also were not expecting such alarge hit from these ladys so weren't ready or experianced enough tomarket it properly, by the time the Supremes came about Motown was readyand waiting. The book also sets a few things straight, like the myth thatMotowns interest in the Marvelettes was dropped in favour of The Supremeswhere in fact it was actually for Martha and the Vandellas. In would benice to see more books like this in the future for other such "lost"Motown acts such as The Contours, Junior Walker or The Vevelettes
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