Did you know that The Marvelettes were the first Motown artists to score a #1 hit on the Billboard Hot 100?
Released as The Marvelettes’ debut single in August 1961, “Please Mr. Postman” gradually climbed to the top of the Hot 100 in December of that year and became the first #1 song on the chart by any Motown act. The song was such a big hit that many other artists of the era, such as The Beatles, were eager to perform their own versions. In fact, The Carpenters took the song back to the summit of the ranking with their own version in January of 1975.
Unfortunately, The Marvelettes were never able to match their early success and were eventually eclipsed by other Motown acts, including The Supremes, The Jackson 5 and The Temptations. Watch the talented ladies perform the song below: