Mary Wells Mystery Album

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.

Meanwhile in Britain in 1965, just a year after the My Guy LP was issued EMI’s sixth release on their new Tamla Motown label was Mary Wells, My Baby Just Cares For Me TML11006 and was, apart from the cover shot a straight re-issue of the My Guy album.

The record was never issued in the US and indeed bore a cover shot of Mary in London around Oxenden Street and Coventry Street, Piccadilly taken by Dezo Hoffman.

Eagle-eyed Motown fan John Lester pointed out that the photo was taken when she was on the Beatles tour and so was not, when the shutter clicked a Motown artist and so we have the embarrassing situation of EMI/ Motown using a photograph of an artist on a rival label to adorn one of their album covers.

Thanks to John and Francis Murphy for your info.