Tuesday, May 16, 2017

This Day in Pop Culture for May 16

Motown Record’s First Hit Song

By 1962, Berry Gordy was already a successful businessman with his record label, Tamla Records but it was this year that he wanted to create a brand new label, Motown Records. He approached Mary Wells to be the company’s first artist. Two years later, she released the label’s first #1 hit, “My Guy” which reached the top of Billboard’s pop chart on this day in 1964. Strangely, three days before, Wells opted out of her contract at age 21. Though she still had a successful career, she never reached the height of stardom that she had in 1964.