As is well known, the late Dave Godin was an early champion of the Motown Sound.
After hearing Mary Well’s ‘You Lost The Sweetest Boy’ in 1963, he wrote to Berry Gordy asking for permission to form a fan club for her and the labels’ other artists. From the initial typed newsletter it grew into the Tamla Motown Appreciation Society, with upwards of a thousand members who helped to spread the word leading up to the Motown Revue’s acclaimed tour of the UK in 1965. The story behind this influential network of Motown fans is the theme of Keith Rylatt’s forthcoming book with the working title taken from the masthead of the society’s newsletter Hitsville USA!
Mary issued a great album in the summer of 1964 on US Motown and British Stateside, Mary Wells Sings My Guy both containing the same twelve marvellous tracks. The UK release came a few weeks after the US version and no sooner had British record shops took stock of the record did Mary depart Motown with little love lost on either side.
She had divulged this information on the eve of her joining the Beatles autumn tour of Britain and so although her tour repertoire consisted of her Motown songs she was in fact a 20th Century Fox signing by then. Her remaining, unissued Motown tracks later saw the light of day on her Vintage Stock LP issued in ’66 but that would be the last time her name would grace a new Motown record.