Death – History-Making Motown Legend Dies

Death – Obituary

Motown has lost another legend. Wanda Young, one of the founding members of the 1960s group The Marvelettes, died two weeks before Christmas. Young and the group are responsible for helping make the label a standout in its heyday.

The Marvelettes in the UK on tour promo shoot

The Marvelettes visiting the UK for a TV/radio promotional tour 1965 | Monitor Picture Library/Avalon/Getty Images

Wanda Young made history for Motown Records

Young joined the Marvelettes just two years before the group signed their first record deal with Motown. She eventually became the group’s lead singer in their later years after several member changes. Young was part of the group’s 1961 hit “Please Mr. Postman.” The song was a massive hit for the label, charting at No. 1. It marked the first hit recorded by an all-female group to reach No. 1 and helped to put Motown on the map as they struggled to compete with other major labels.

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What Is An Obituary

In national newspapers an obituary (obit for short) is a news article that reports the recent death of a prominent person. Although it tends to focus on positive aspects of the subject’s life this is not always the case. According to Nigel Farndale, the Obituaries Editor of The Times: “Obits should be life affirming rather than gloomy, but they should also be opinionated, leaving the reader with a strong sense of whether the subject lived a good life or bad; whether they were right or wrong in the handling of their public affairs.”

In local newspapers, an obituary may be published for any local resident upon death. A necrology is a register or list of records of the deaths of people related to a particular organization, group or field, which may only contain the sparsest details, or small obituaries. Historical necrologies can be important sources of information.