Post by Emerald City on Aug 26, 2004 19:41:08 GMT -5
It's been 44 long years, but the Marvelettes are finally getting their reward for giving Motown their first #1 smash with Please Mr. Postman!
Message from Marvelette Katherine Anderson Schaffner:
For more years than many of you are, I have always wanted something from our years in Show business. And that has been our GOLD RECORD......finally it's going to happen. WE ARE GOING TO GET OUR GOLD RECORD AFTER ALMOST 44 YEARS. I'm so excited and happy I could explode. I just wanted my friends to know.
Post by Emerald City on Oct 27, 2004 17:59:46 GMT -5
Offiial Statement from the MAA...
"THE MARVELOUS MARVELETTES GET GOLD ... FINALLY!"
Marvelettes get gold record in home town
Motown's first #1 pop gold record was the 1961 hit "Please Mr. Postman" by the Marvelettes ... the problem there is ... the Marvelettes didn't get their gold record!
Nearly 42 years later, The Marvelettes will finally get what's due to them. On November 13, 2004 the Marvelettes will receive their first gold records for the song that they made famous around the world. They will participate in a ceremony to receive the records at the school that they all graduated from Inkster High School.
The only other song to rival "Please Mr. Postman" in hit potential during that time was the Miracles smash hit "Shop Around", that hit number 2 on the Billboard pop charts on the tail of the Marvelettes hit.
"We want to invite everyone to celebrate with us ..." said Katherine Anderson Shaffner, original member of the Marvelettes.
Members expecting to attend are Katherine, Juanita Cowart (Motley), Wanda Rogers, and a special appearance by Georgia Dobbins, the original member of the group that co-wrote "Please Mr. Postman" but quit the group in the early stages because her father wouldn't sign the record contract! Georgianna Tillman died sometime ago, and Gladys Horton the lead singer of the song may not attend.
After "Please Mr. Postman" the Marvelettes held their reign with a number of other gold potentials. Songs such as "Don't Mess With Bill," "Beechwood 45789," "Twistin Postman," "Too Many Fish In The Sea," and a number of other songs down the charts throughout their career. The group quietly disbanded in the early 70's with Gladys Horton being the only member still working out of the group.
Incidentally, one of the reasons Motown didn't give the group their gold records is because the organization that distributed gold records RIAA (Recording Industry Association of America) was very expensive to join. Small African-American companies were virtually unheard of in the organization (RIAA).
The event will take place as follows:
Venue: INKSTER HIGH SCHOOL Address: 28865 Carlysle St. When: November 13, 2004 Time: 7:00pm. Donation: $10.00 tickets/at the door Phone: Inkster High (information) (734) 326-8519 Inkster Schools Administration (Information) (734) 722-5310 ext. 1606