RIP - Gladys Horton

RIP - Gladys Horton I got this message earlier today....

(Sherman Oaks, CA) - Gladys Horton, co-founder and former lead singer of the popular Motown all-female group, "The Marvelettes," has died. She was 66.

Vaughn Thornton, 40, says his mother passed at approximately 10:00 PM, PST on Wednesday, Jan. 26th in a Sherman Oaks, Calif. (near Los Angeles) nursing home where she had been recuperating from a stroke that she suffered some time ago.

"My mother died peacefully," said Thornton. "She fought as long as she could."


Now I fully realize that to most people Gladys Horton was a (for the most part) unknown member of a great singing group called the Marvelettes, who put out a string of GREAT singles on Motown, that have been overlooked by the Rock n' Roll Hall of Fame.

Little did I realize just how much the Marvelettes had been overlooked untill Gladys Horton Contacted me about 10 years ago. She not only took me to school on the whole topic of FAKE artists, but she enabled me to help take anybody else who might be interested to school as well.

She sent me a tape which would ultimatly become the basis for the internet radio broadcast at the link below entitled "GENERIC TERRORISM." Just take a listen to it and you will begin to understand the PAIN of what Gladys Horton called "GENERIC TERRORISM. You will also understand just why I was quite proud that Gladys Horton allowed me to be able to present her in this fashion.



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Gladys Horton: 'GENERIC TERRORISM'



Motown Legend Gladys Horton of the Marvelettes delivers a powerful message about one of the effects of 'Culture Banditry'. She calls it 'GENERIC TERRORISM'.

Plus a LIVE concert of the Marvelettes given to Soul-Patrol by Gladys Horton featuring: Playboy, Twistin Postman, Tossin and Turnin, Beachwood4-5789, Strange I Know, Someday Someway.

Don't EVER go and see a FAKE group, if you love this music


Click Here to listen


A few years later in 2005, I got to finally meet Gladys Horton in pperson at the 2005 Vocal Group Hall of Fame Awards, where I snapped the picture of Gladys Horton that you see. I hugged her and thanked her for taking me to school. That was the last time that I ever spoke with Gladys Horton. However her inspiration lives on in much of what we do right here at Soul-Patrol.com

Go ahead and check it out at the link below. Gladys would want you to...
http://www.soul-patrol.net/horton.ram

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My Musical Love Affair With Those Marvelettes!


By Vinton

I love the Marvelettes. They are a musical delight! The first Motown female group with 3 lead singers: Gladys, Wanda and later Anne.

As a child, I vividly remember "Don't Mess With Bill" and "My Baby Must Be a Magician." But when it came to buying their records, by 1969, Motown surely wasn't releasing too much by them. In the summer of 1970, while visiting my family in Virginia, I went to Murphy's (a store similar to Woolworth's). I got at 3 for $1, "My Baby Must Be A Magician," Martha's "Honey Chile" and the Supremes "Forever Came Today." They were all cut outs (remainders). On a later visit to Virginia, in 1970 and '71, I do remember seeing "Marionette" and "Breath Taking Guy" listed on the NYC WWRL song list. Never heard either of them on the radio. But I did get a cut out copy of "Marionette" in 1971.

It wasn't until 1974 that I was able finally get Marvelettes albums. I started with "The Marvelettes", quickly followed by "In Full Bloom," "Sophisticated Soul" and "Return of The Marvelettes" and "The Marvelettes Anthology."

In 1977, I had an opportunity to see a Fake troupe of marvelettes. I knew they were Fake, because those women had to be in their early twenties. Any real Marvelette would've been in her early thirties at that time.

But I've only seen the Real Marvelettes on old tv clips, usually singing
"Please Mr. Postman," or "Two Many Fish In The Sea." But recently I saw a lip synch show with the Marvelettes doing, "Don't Mess With Bill." Then the host asked them to do "Postman." To my shock, who was sitting in the audience nobody but The Supremes! It looked very eerie. The Marvelettes (Gladys, Wanda and Katherine) looked a bit uncomfortable, while Ross was bobbing her head, Mary looked glamorous as always, but Florence looked as uncomfortable as the Marvelettes. The entire scene just appeared like the Supremes were spying on the Marvelettes.

But getting back to important matters: favorite Marvelettes records:

Maybe I Cried My Tears For The Last Time
The Hunter Gets Captured By The Game
Everybody Knows (but you)
I'm Gonna Hold On Long As I Can
I'll Keep Holding On
Anything You Wanna Do
Finders Keepers, Losers Weepers
Too Strong To Be Strung Along
My Daddy Knows Best
Too Many Fish In The Sea
Knock On My Door
You're The One
My Baby Must Be A Magician
Danger Heartbreak Dead Ahead
You're The One For Me Bobby
A Breath Taking Guy
I Need Someone
Boy From Crosstown
Caught You Puttin' The Game On Love
Too Hurt To Cry, Too Much In Love To Say Goodbye (as by the Darnels)
Please Mr. Postman
Playboy
Beechwood 4-5789
What's Easy For Two Is Hard For One
Here I Am Baby
I Just Can't Let Him Down
On The Other Side of Town
Because I Love Him
Rainy Mourning
Way Over There
Keep Off, No Trespassing
I Know Better
Someday, Someway

and that scratches the surface of my musical love affair with the Marvelettes. I know there's several tracks I'm leaving out.

Vinton

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Gladys Horton: 'GENERIC TERRORISM'

Motown Legend Gladys Horton of the Marvelettes delivers a powerful message about one of the effects of 'Culture Banditry'. She calls it 'GENERIC TERRORISM'.

Plus a LIVE concert of the Marvelettes given to Soul-Patrol by Gladys Horton featuring: Playboy, Twistin Postman, Tossin and Turnin, Beachwood4-5789, Strange I Know, Someday Someway.

Don't EVER go and see a FAKE group, if you love this music
Click Here to listen




Some Random Thoughts about the Marvelettes


By Algy

When the Supremes came to Motown, the big stars were the Marvelettes, Mary Wells and Smokey Robinson. I enjoyed Motown's 40th Anniversary TV show. I silently chuckled when Lamont Dozier said that "Where Did Our Love Go" was written for the Marvelettes, but they turned it down, feeling that it was "beneath them". It was passed down to The Supremes. Mary Wilson said in her book that she hated the song so much that she cried and thought it sounded "dumb". I just wonder if the Marvelettes had recorded it, would it have been as big as it became with The Supremes. Who knows? Florence Ballard even sang with the Marvelettes when one of them was sick on a couple of occasions. The girl groups got along, mostly, but there was always trouble with Ross. Seems she was always at odds with some other woman.

I thought that Anne Bogan was very soulful ("Gonna Hold Out Long As I Can").
Didn't she replace Gladys Horton? With the "Marvelettes" name being lost in a crap game, I suppose Gladys can't even bill herself as "Gladys Horton of the Marvelettes" anymore. Such disrespect.

If I had any power at BET, I'd do a special on the former Motown stars...the REAL ones, the originals. I'd include latter day stars like SP's first lady, Bettye LaVette, who was asked to sign after Diana Ross left the label. Bettye recorded a good album there, but it was not "true Bettye", in my
opinion, mainly because they wanted her to sound "Motownish" (which meant "cool it on the heavy soul"). She DID manage to bring some much needed soul to the label with the album, TELL ME A LIE and put a hurting on Gladys Knight's "If I Were Your Woman".

Most critics and music historians agree that Martha Reeves, during the 60s heyday of Motown was their best female singer. Nobody could touch her valiant singing on "Heat Wave" or "My Baby Loves Me". Berry said in an interview when he was promoting his book, "I can understand how Martha felt. She was a better singer than Diana, but I was personally involved with Diana..." Well, in my book, business is business. He should never have sacrificed his great talents like Martha, the Marvelettes and Gladys Knight to promote another artist just because he was "intimate" with her. Why not keep your promise and promote ALL of them?

Lastly, as Syreeta said on Geraldo, "there were many casualties" (in the Motown war), and like in any war, some people don't make it.

Algy




Playboy, Twistin Postman, Tossin and Turnin, Beachwood4-5789, Strange I Know, Someday Someway

Gladys Horton: 'GENERIC TERRORISM'

Motown Legend Gladys Horton of the Marvelettes delivers a powerful message about one of the effects of 'Culture Banditry'. She calls it 'GENERIC TERRORISM'.

Plus a LIVE concert of the Marvelettes given to Soul-Patrol by Gladys Horton featuring: Playboy, Twistin Postman, Tossin and Turnin, Beachwood4-5789, Strange I Know, Someday Someway.

Don't EVER go and see a FAKE group, if you love this music
Click Here to listen






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