R.I.P.: Gladys Horton Dead At 66

- By Bossip Staff

Gladys Horton, who was a teenager when she led the Marvelettes in the Motown hit “Please Mr. Postman,” has died at the age of 66. Horton died on Wednesday in a nursing home in the Los Angeles area where she had stayed after suffering a stroke last year, her son, Vaughn Thornton, said in a statement on Thursday.

“My mother died peacefully,” Thornton said. “She fought as long as she could.” Horton, who was raised by foster parents in the Detroit suburb of Inkster, formed a singing group with friends while in high school. That group, originally called “The Casinyets” short for “can’t sing yet,” caught the attention of Berry Gordy’s Motown studio and changed their name to the Marvelettes.

“Please Mr. Postman,” featuring the 17-year-old Horton’s bluesy lead vocals became Motown’s first No. 1 hit on Billboard’s Hot 100 when it was released in 1961. Horton was also the lead singer on a string of later hits, including “Beechwood 4-5789” (1962) and “Too Many Fish in the Sea” (1964). She was replaced by Wanda Young as lead singer in the group in 1965 and left the Marvelettes in 1967.

Horton had been living in California since the early 1970s.



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  • Mrs. Rance

    R.I.P. Miss Gladys.

  • motown fan

    R.I.P. Gladys. Motown did a lot for black music and you were a part of its success. Berry Gordy oughtta chip in for the funeral too. And yes I do say that every time one of their artists dies

  • 1TruDiva w/the PlatinumVocals!!

    Awwwwwwwwwww man. I remember her. (I think)

  • Ty

    I find it hard to digest that so many peoplecan comment about fights and who fifty cents is screwing and willow fing smith but cannot set out time to post about a pioneer rip she is with god now away from this retched world of havoc and chaos singing with the angels and resting in the bosom of Abraham

  • JaZzIe91

    I don’t know who she is but R.I.P

  • Arageinharlem1983

    Rest in peace Gladys – thanks for the music.

  • Da Truth

    I agree with TY. I also ask, why can’t a post like this be a top headlne instead of on of the last posts on this blog. Nevertheless, RIP Ms. Horton. You were a beautiful woman and your music warmed the hearts of many.

  • Essence

    Wow she was 17 singing that song! RIP Ms. Horton.

  • tommykimon

    RIP all the great legends are dying.

  • http://bluekid1.wordpress.com bluekid1

    Gladys Horton is an Icon a real legion, RIP!

    • Gia

      you can spell…
      you mean legend!

  • mo

    I love that Mr. Postman song. It’s a catchy upbeat fun song and I love it. They had a great sound.

  • Great Dame

    66 is too young! Nursing home @ age 66??? RIP Ms. Gladys

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