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Motown Legend Gladys Horton of The Marvelettes Dies at 66

Gladys Horton, a co-founding group member of the Marvelettes who helped put Motown Records on the map, has died at age 66. Horton is well-known for her No. 1 hit “Please Mr. Postman” as well as helping to birth popular all-girl groups like the Supremes and Vandellas.

Horton died Wednesday at a nursing home in the Sherman Oaks area of Los Angeles, where she had been recovering from a stroke.

“Gladys was a very, very special lady, and I loved the way she sang with her raspy, soulful voice,” Motown founder Berry Gordy said in a statement. “We will all miss her, and she will always be a part of the Motown family.”

The Marvelettes also had a hit with “Beachwood 4-5789.” Their other popular songs include “Playboy,” “Too Many Fish in the Sea” and “Twistin’ Postman.”

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