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. Postmanâ 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.”