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December 11, 1961: Sixteen-year-old Gladys Horton (right) and the Marvelettes deliver the first Motown number one hit, "Please Mr. Postman." The song reaches number one on this date.

Motown/Tamla Records' first U.S. #1 hit was "Please Mr. Postman" by the Marvelettes.

The Marvelettes' Wanda Rogers had one of the sexiest voices at Motown. Hear her fabulous lead vocal on "Here I Am Baby" (1968) in my board, "My Music: The Girls".

Martha Reeves and the Vandellas were among the most successful groups in the Motown roster during the period 1963-1967. In contrast to Motown girl groups such as The Supremes and The Marvelettes, Martha and the Vandellas were known for a harder, R sound, typified in "(Love Is Like a) Heat Wave," "Nowhere to Run," "Jimmy Mack" and, their signature song, "Dancing in the Street.

Motown's First Girl Group, The Shirelles

The Marvelettes. Girl Groups

The Supremes were a female singing group and the premier act of Motown Records during the 1960s. Originally founded as the Primettes in Detroit, Michigan, in 1959, the Supremes were the most commercially successful of Motown's acts and are, to date, America's most successful vocal group with 12 number one singles on the Billboard Hot 100.

The Marvelettes — Gladys Horton, Wanda Rogers & Katharine Anderson

The Velvelettes were an American singing girl group, signed to Motown in the 1960s. The group was founded in 1961 by Bertha Barbee McNeal and Mildred Gill Arbor, students at Western Michigan University.

The Dixie Cups - girl group from the 1960's