Post by Diamond Girl on May 26, 2007 0:30:50 GMT -5
You guys are really getting into it. The bottom line is that without the Marvelettes, there would be no others, Martha & the Vandellas or the Supremes. That's a fact. The Marvelettes brought Motown their first number one period, before the Miracles and before anyone else. They busted the doors open for all Motown artists in that respect. It gave the label confidence. I think the Marvelettes were the most consistent of the female groups and I think I a lot of it is due to variety. Having two or more lead vocalists always adds something to a group. Although they weren't as popular as the Temptations (America's most successful male group in their heyday) they maintained chart success, maybe not those 12 number ones, but as I said, consistent in chart appearance and still remain a fan favorite. They should be held in the same esteem as the Supremes, where their catalogue pales in comparison #1's; their talent, consistency and initiative is greater than that of the Supremes.
Last Edit: May 27, 2007 11:22:09 GMT -5 by Motorcity
"I don't consider myself as being a heckuva singer. I'm more of a stylist, if you will." Levi Stubbs, Jr.
Exactly, and it's just sad that the media forgets that. Before the Vandellas and the Supremes, the Marvelettes were the dominant girl group after the Shirrelles and yet THEY'RE still not in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame? Talk about shady overlooking.
Last Edit: May 26, 2007 19:08:47 GMT -5 by timmy84
Try it, you'll like it/what the world needs now/is a little more love... - Marvin Gaye
Post by Motown Honey on May 26, 2007 19:36:13 GMT -5
Shady is right And this is what I was getting at, with Gladys Horton leading they got what they were after and had they received the same support, guidance and material as the Supremes, the same vision could have been or may gave been realized. But I get what you were saying awhile back Jaz; if Gordy and the brass had gotten a hold of Gladys and the girls, or even Martha & the Vandellas, we, real fans, objective underneath it all even with our favorites, know what the real deal is, may view the watered down sound and overtly dress-up image for exactly what it is.
Or maybe Gladys H and the rest of the Marvelettes would have brought some authenticity to that image, in both voice and appearance.