Gladys Horton, former member and lead vocalist of “The Marvelettes,” died last week in Sherman Oaks, Calif., from complications related to a stroke. She is believed to have been 65, although her precise age remains uncertain.
Horton is best known for her part in creating the group’s first No. 1 pop-single, “Please Mr. Postman.”
The record, which was released in 1961, showcased what Berry Gordy Jr., founder of Motown Records, calls “a raspy, soulful sound,” and also features Marvin Gaye on the drums.