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“THE MARVELETTES” FORMER LEAD SINGER GLADYS HORTON HAS DIED

“THE MARVELETTES” FORMER LEAD SINGER GLADYS HORTON SUCCUMBS
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Gladys Horton,  co-founder and former of the popular all-female group, “The Marvelettes,” has . She was 66.

Vaughn Thornton, 40,  says his mother passed at approximately 10:00 , PST on Wednesday, Jan. 26th in a , Calif. (near ) 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.”
Horton was born in , Mich. in 1944. She was raised by foster parents in the western suburb of Inkster. While a student at Inkster , Horton developed a strong interest in singing and joined the glee club. She joined with several other members of the glee club, Katherine Anderson, Juanita Cowart , Georgeanna Tillman and later Dobbins  to form a group.
The ladies called themselves “The Casinyets,” short for “can’t sing yet.” Following a successful talent contest to  sing for Motown, Dobbins, who was the group’s first lead singer, co-created  “Please Mr. Postman.” Sadly, Dobbins had to leave the group after her father forbid her from singing in nightclubs.
Horton then became the lead singer and the group changed their name to “The Marvelettes.” Motown released the song in the summer of 1961 when Horton was only fifteen. The song jumped to #1 on the Billboard Hot 100, becoming Motown’s first #1 Pop hit. Horton led on several other hits songs, including “Beechwood 4-5789,” “Playboy” and “Too Many Fish In The Sea.”
She was later replaced as lead singer for the group in 1965 by Young. Horton stayed with the group until 1967. Horton  is also survived by son, Sammy, 42.

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