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The Love-Tones, Mary Wells

Everybody has heard the Love-Tones doing their soul/pop backing blends behind Mary Wells. They helped make Wells' "The One Who Really Loves You," "You Beat Me to the Punch," "Operator," "Laughing Boy," and other unforgettable classics that get better with time. Unlike other backing groups at Motown (i.e. the Originals and the Andantes), the Love-Tones usually received credit on the label.

Their exact lineup on various recordings remains a well-kept secret, and it's apparent that members changed frequently. In her tell-all book Berry, Me, and Motown, Raynoma Singleton-Gordy described them as a "group of three boys." However, at one time or another the members included: Carl Jones (lead), William "Mickey" Stevenson (tenor), Joe Miles (baritone), and Stan Bracely (bass); Bracely and Jones (deceased) sang with the Teardrops on "Come Back to Me" b/w "Sweet Lovin' Daddy-O" on Sampson Records in 1952; they were hardly young boys in 1962.

As the Love-Tones they recorded "Talk to an Angel" written by Joe E. Hunter b/w "Take It Easy, Baby," a Sax Kari composition for Plus Records in 1956, and "When I Asked My Love" b/w "You Can Tell That This Is Christmas" on Love-Tone Records early in 1962. They accompanied Henry Lumpkin on his December 1961 Motown release "What Is a Man" b/w "Don't Leave Me," which started their ball rolling at Hitsville U.S.A.

Signed as artists, Motown recorded them but never issued any Love-Tones' singles; they already were bombing out with the Satintones and were looking for a fresher sound then the doo wop and modern harmony schooled singers. Label credits were given for their work on Marvin Gaye's "Soldier Plea" (5/62), Lumpkin's original rendition of "Mo Jo Hanna" (7/62), Marv Johnson's "Let Yourself Go" b/w "That's When I Lost My Baby" on United Artists Records (7/62), Geno Park's "For This I Thank You" (8/62), a credit on Gaye's "Hitchhike" and "Pride and Joy" but no credits for contributions to Gaye's "Hello There Angel" and "One of These Days."

After 1962, the Love-Tones dropped off the face of the earth and were never heard from again until Ian Levine resurrected the name with Bracely, Burford Glanton, (Will Harvey and Robert Walker and recorded them for his Motor City Records project. Levine released a ten-song CD on them entitled Turn This Heart Around that contain eight original songs (including "Fire Alarm" written by Levine, Sylvia Moy, and Steven Wagner) and two remakes: Billy Stewart's "Sitting in the Park" and The Charades' "Key to My Happiness." Only Mickey Stevenson became a success in music, he became the head of Motown's Artist & Repertoire Department, married Agatha "Kim" Weston, and wrote some quintessential songs for a variety of Motown artists, including the Four Tops, the Spinners, Martha & the Vandellas, and the Marvelettes. He continued his music career after leaving Motown. ~ Andrew Hamilton
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Track List: Sweet Soul Music: 1962

1. I Know (You Don't Love Me No More)

2. Letter Full Of Tears

3. Let Me In

4. Duke Of Earl

5. Cry To Me

6. Something's Got A Hold On Me

7. I Found A Love

8. You Better Move On

9. Soul Twist

10. Lover Please

11. Soldier Boy

13. Night Train

14. Snap Your Fingers

15. Playboy

17. Twist And Shout

18. Boom Boom

19. Loco-Motion

20. Green Onions

22. Do You Love Me

23. Stormy Monday Blues

24. Up On The Roof

25. Stubborn Kind Of Fellow

26. Release Me

28. I've Got A Woman, Pt. 1

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All these oldies brings me to life remembering Levi s Nike e Cortez's an button downs
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Mary Wells every song was and still is great
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I love this song makes me remember happy times��
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Remembering my cousins house parties.. They were to remember till the end!!!
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wow man good days coming up
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Love this old school stuff. ;-)
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Love this song
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I love all the hit singers from the 60's Dametra from mo.
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What a lovely women's voice, today!!!!!!! ! ! ! !
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I saw Mary Wells at the BOTTOMS UP night Club in Columbus years ago
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Yes I'm a true fan of Mary wells I'm not old enough too know anything in details about artist But I sure love her song's I'm only 25 yrs old I rather hear this real music not today's music Thank u very much GOD Bless you
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Mary Wells was a gr8 artist. I don't know the circumstance s but I think she didn't sign with Motown and left to go to 20th century fox. Big mistake because I think She would have made it big if She stayed with Motown.
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Good song cause oldies :)
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Love her Lou goretti south phi
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Ril mary wells famous tubby
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One of my favorite song s u beat to the punch famous Tubby ept
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She is still one of the greatest singers still James Swasta meadville pa
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Remember my mom playing this ad I got older I love this song
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Que andas asiendo con estas rolonas,,Mar y wells music, strait pany dropers
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Mary had a great voice with many hits. Thanks to Pandora for keeping this great music alive!
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I BORN IN THE 60S AND I LITTLE IN THE 70S AND TEENAGER IN THE EARLY 80S AND ADULT IN MID 80S AND FULL ADULT 90S AND NOW. I AM MOTHER AND GRANDMOTHER NOW. I STILL ENJOYED THE OLD SCHOOL DUSTIES AND OLD AND NEW SCHOOL GOSPEL THANK YOU ALL PANDORA COMPANY FOR THIS BEAUITFUL MUSIC WEB-SITE SMILE. GOOD UP THE GOOD WORK...
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take me back to the good old days !!!!!
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BEAUTIFUL, SWEET SOUL MUSIC.
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Just love her
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I did drive bys listening to this
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I miss you.Why did you hurt me<\3
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I Love it as a kid and live it as an adult you go Mary Wells
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Ny 1960
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Love this song and many more oldies. :D :D
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I could here this jam over n over! I love you baby! 4-ever.....
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Yes u did baby!!! You beat me 2 the punch lovin u for life always....
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Great music
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Mary Wells is one bad a** uuhhhmmm!! U know the resst!!
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I loved Mary Wells music..Her unique style will always be remembered.
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ah... the cellar in charlotte, nc 1967
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CAN'T SAY ENOUGH WORDS FOR MARY WELLS MUSIC, SHE WAS SO GREAT!!! AND HER MUSIC WILL ALWAYS BE HEARD!!! :)
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WOOOOOOOWHOO O O O O O O O O O O O O O ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !
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What a great song.....Gee z e ! I miss music like this! Where did the time go?
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Yes, SOOOOO many memories,whe n you were a kid!!!!!
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I love this song and it brings back so many memories...g o o d , innocent and fun memories.
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Man, does this bring back memories!

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