Wanda Young, a member of the 1960s Motown group The Marvelettes, has died, Rolling Stone report. She is 78 years old.
Young, who also performs under the stage name Wanda Rogers, is the lead vocalist on Marvelettes songs such as “I’ll Keep Holding On” and “Don’t Mess With Bill.” Details of her death were not provided at press time.
“We are deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Wanda Young of Marvelettes,” official Motown Twitter account Written on Thursday (December 16). “What an impact she has had on the world of Classic Motown and the lives of so many people. Her legacy will live on.”
We are saddened to learn of the passing of Wanda Young of the Marvelettes. What an impact she has had on the world of Classic Motown and the lives of so many. Her legacy will live on ❤ https://t.co/K3Ycax2zFH
– Classic Motown (@ClassicMotown) December 17, 2021
Born in Inkster, Michigan, a suburb of Detroit, Young joined The Marvelettes in 1961 after being brought in by high school classmates Gladys Horton and Georgia Dobbins. Young was the replacement for Dobbins, who left the group to take care of her sick mother and because her father didn’t want her to enter the music industry.
Children are passing after death by Marvelettes co-founder Horton, who died in 2011 at the age of 66. Horton sang lead vocals on the group’s hits including “Please Mr. Postman.” Released on Motown’s Tamla Records, the legendary company’s first label, “Postman” Topping Hot 100 on December 11, 1961. Dobbins, the song’s co-writer, passed away in September 2020. Young people can be heard backup vocals on “Postman,” as well as other classics by Marvelettes like “Playboy” and “Beechwood 4-5789.” ”
Young went on to marry The Miracles singer Bobby Rogers in 1963, taking his surname. In the mid-1960s, she sang lead vocals on Marvelettes songs “I’ll Keep Holding On”, “Don’t Mess With Bill”, “My Baby Must Be a Magician” and “The Hunter Gets Captured by the” Game . ”
The Marvelettes officially separated after the release of an album produced by Smokey Robinson in 1970, Return of Marvelettes, was originally planned for a solo release for Young. Soon after, she largely retired from the music industry, but performed with the semi-reunited Marvelettes in 1989, according to Rolling Stone.
https://www.billboard.com/music/music-news/wanda-young-the-marvelettes-dead-1235012545/ Singer Marvelettes dies at 78 – Billboard