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Motown's Marvelettes nominated for Rock Hall consideration

for Journal Register Newspapers

Posted: Thursday, October 4, 2012

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The Marvelettes, the all-female Detroit vocal group responsible for the hits "Please Mr. Postman," "Beachwood 4-5789," "Don't Mess With Bill" and "Too Many Fish in the Sea," hope to become the next Motown act inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

The troupe is among the 15 names on the final ballot for the Rock Hall's class of 2013. joining fellow first-time nominees Deep Purple, Rush, the rap groups Public Enemy and N.W.A., British rockers Procol Harum and blues guitar legend Albert King. R&B troupe Chic is making its seventh bid for induction, while the late disco diva Donna Summer is on the ballot for a fifth time.

Heart, Joan Jett & the Blackhearts, Kraftwerk, the Meters, Randy Newman and the Paul Butterfield Blues Band are each making their second return for consideration.

Ballots will be mailed to the more than 600 Rock Hall voters later this fall. The 28th annual Rock Hall induction ceremony takes place for the second time in Los Angeles, on April 18 at the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live. HBO will tape the show for broadcast at a later date.

The Marvelettes were formed in 1960 by the late Gladys Horton and fellow members of the Inkser High School glee club. The group auditioned for Motown the following year, and after being advised by Berry Gordy, Jr., to return with an original composition, group member Georgia Dobbins teamed with local musician William Garrett on "Please Mr. Postman" -- which became Motown's first No. 1 hit on the Billboard Hot 100.

The group went on to place 23 singles on the chart between 1961-71. The Marvelettes disbanded in 1970, but Horton continued to perform. The group received a Rhythm & Blues Foundation Pioneer Award in 2004 and was inducted into the Vocal Group Hall of Fame in 2006.

If chosen, the Marvelettes will be the 16th Motown inductee into the Rock Hall. Last year the Miracles were part of the ceremony in Cleveland.

Acts are eligible for the Rock Hall 25 years after the release of their first recording, album or single -- 1987 or before for this year's nominees.

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