With Diana Ross & The Supremes and Martha Reeves & The Vandellas – especially the former – ruling the all-girl Motown groups’ roost, the likes of The Marvelettes didn’t get too much of a look-in.
Although they did hit the number one spot in the USA, with Please Mr. Postman, apart from a couple of releases that reached seventh place, they didn’t make the top ten again.
In the UK, their chart success was even more limited, with just one track making number thirteen. It’s that one, When You’re Young And In Love, that I’m going for.
Written by Van McCoy, from the moment it kicks off, it hits the spot. Even now, all these years later, it’s one of my personal favourites. I love it.
I remember buying it as a youngster. Not first time round – I was only five years old – but some years later, from a ‘bargain bucket’ that most record shops had.
I also like My Baby Must Be A Magician, The Hunter Gets Captured By The Game and Too Many Fish In The Sea, among others, ensuring that as far as I’m concerned, anyway, they are far from just a one-song group.
The album in the lead image, by the way, is a compilation one, and features The Marvelettes singing, Now Is The Time For Love.