Ever since I wrote that post about the Marvelettes, I’ve noticed that I’ve made an error in information regarding Wanda Young-Rogers. Turns out the sultry Marvelette who soothed listeners with “Don’t Mess with Bill” and “The Hunter Gets Captured by the Game” is in fact doing real well considering all that she’s been through. I saw her (and the other surviving Marvelettes) on “Unsung”. I’m happy to report that despite suffering tragedies and injustices that would’ve impaired anyone else, the Marvelettes survived the odds and it’s amazing that a few changes have indeed helped change my opinion on even other Motown groups. For instance, it was always written as a “fact” that the group passed over “Where Did Our Love Go” leading way to the Supremes getting it… correction: the Supremes were the only group who was offered the song. Maybe Lamont Dozier disagrees but I can’t not believe what Eddie Holland (or was it Brian? I forgot) said. In fact I believe him and Katherine Anderson Schnaffer herself said she don’t know how “Where Did Our Love Go” would’ve fit into their caliber. Judging from the group’s music, they were definitely hardcore R&B whereas the Supremes were always more pop-oriented in the first place (all three original Supremes were more pop than soul with Florence being a little more R&B oriented than the other two, Diana & Mary). So my apologies to any inconsistencies in my post. And thanks to Wanda’s family for correcting a factual error. It’ll never happen again.
Long live the Marvelettes