Marvelettes Co-Founder Gladys Horton Passes Away At 66

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By: Mikey Fresh / January 27, 2011

The lead singer of legendary Motown singing group the Marvelettes recently passed away while recovering from a stroke.

Gladys Horton, who co-founded the group in the 60’s and sang on hits including “Please Mr. Postman,” died in Los Angeles at age 66.

Her son, Vaughn Thornton, told media: “My mother died peacefully. She fought as long as she could.”

Horton was a teenager in the Detroit suburb of Inkster when she and some friends formed a group they called “The Casinyets,” which was short for “can’t sing yet.”

When Georgia Dobbins had to leave, Horton became lead singer. The group changed its name to The Marvelettes and Horton was 15 when Motown released “Please Mr. Postman” in 1961. It was a hit and the group had many others. Horton was replaced as lead singer in 1965 and left the group two years later. (via AP)