The Marvelettes singer Wanda Young has died at 78 … sang on the 1961 classic Please Mr. Postman

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The Marvelettes singer Wanda Young has died at 78 … sang on the 1961 classic Please Mr. Postman

  •  Daughter Meta Ventress said she died December 15 in Garden City, Michigan 
  •  She died due to complications from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
  • Young served as the group’s lead singer for a time until leaving in 1969 


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The Marvelettes singer Wanda Young has died at the age of 78.

Her daughter Meta Ventress told The New York Times Saturday that Young passed away due to complications from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease on December 15 in Garden City, Michigan.

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Young inked with the group prior to their initial record deal with Motown, and served as the group’s lead singer for a time until leaving in 1969. She also went on to have a solo career.

The latest: The Marvelettes singer Wanda Young (center) has died at the age of 78. She was snapped with (L-R) Katherine Anderson and Gladys Horton in London in 1965

The latest: The Marvelettes singer Wanda Young (center) has died at the age of 78. She was snapped with (L-R) Katherine Anderson and Gladys Horton in London in 1965 

Among the other notable songs Young was featured on include Beechwood 4-5789, My Baby Must Be a Magician, Locking Up My Heart, Too Many Fish in the Sea, I’ll Keep Holding On, Don’t Mess with Bill, and The Hunter Gets Captured by the Game.

The Marvelettes are acknowledged as Motown’s breakout girl group, paving a path for other iconic groups such as the Supremes, Martha Reeves and the Vandellas and the Velvelettes.

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The group, which also consisted of members Gladys Horton, Katherine Anderson, Juanita Cowart and Georgeanna Tillman, received a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nomination in 2013.

Motown in a statement Friday, ‘We are so saddened by the news of Wanda Young of the Marvelettes passing. What an impact she has had on the world of Classic Motown and the lives of so many. Her legacy will continue to live on.’ 

The Marvelettes (L-R) Anderson, Young and Anne Bogan, were seen in a 1968 picture in NYC

The Marvelettes (L-R) Anderson, Young and Anne Bogan, were seen in a 1968 picture in NYC

The group received a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nomination in 2013

The group received a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nomination in 2013 

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Young is survived by her three children, several grandchildren and a great-grandchild. 

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