The 101 number one song of the day was recorded by a woman who wanted to write songs; not sing them; but because she couldn’t read or play music her life took a different turn. She took some samples of her stuff to a producer for Tamla records but the only way to demonstrate the songs was to sing them. He loved what he heard and told her she should sing them herself and he signed her to a contract on the spot. But she was disappointed to hear that the contract would not be for Tamla but for a new label he was forming. He was Berry Gordy, Jr. and the new label was Motown. And during this week in May of 1964, a song written not by her but one of Motown’s other early signees, Smokey Robinson, became the company’s first record to reach the top spot on Billboard’s Hot 100 – for Mary Wells – “My Guy”


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