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Mary Wells : the tumultuous life of Motown's first superstar / Peter Benjaminson
B Wells Mary
Chicago, Ill. : Chicago Review Press, c2012.
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xiii, 304 p., [8] p. of plates : ill., ports. ; 24 cm
Includes bibliographical references (p. 281-288), discography (p. 263-274), filmography (p. 276-277), and index.
Complete with never-before-revealed details about the sex, violence, and drugs in her life, this biography reveals the incredibly turbulent life of Motown artist Mary Wells. Based in part on four hours of previously unreleased and unpublicized deathbed interviews with Wells, this account delves deeply into her rapid rise and long fall as a recording artist, her spectacular romantic and family life, the violent incidents in which she was a participant, and her abuse of drugs. From tumultuous affairs, including one with R&B superstar Jackie Wilson, to a courageous battle with throat cancer that climaxed in her gutsiest performance, this history draws upon years of interviews with Wells's friends, lovers, and husband to tell the whole story of a woman whose songs crossed the color line and whose voice captivated the Beatles.
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African American experience.
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