In 1965 Mary Wells released Why Don't You Let Yourself Go as a single on20th Century Fox Records. The B side of this record is Never, Never Leave Me. Never, Never Leave Me managed to reach number 15 on the Billboard R&B Charts in 1965.
Wells used her singing to ease her pain and by age 10 she had graduated from church choirs to performing at local nightclubs in the Detroit area. Wells graduated from Detroit's Northwestern High School at the age of 17 and set her sights on becoming a scientist, but after hearing about theh success of Detroit musicians such as Jackie Wilson and the Miracles, she decided to try her hand at musica s a singer and songwriter.
In 1960, 17-year-old Wells approached Tamla Records founder Berry Gordy at Detroit's Twenty Grand Club with a song whe had intended for Jackie Wilson to record. Wells knew of Gordy's collaboration with Wilson. However, Gordy insisted Wells sing the song in front of him. Impressed, Gordy had Wells enter Detroit's United Sound Systems to record the single, titled "Bye Bye Baby". Soon Gordy signed Wells to the Motown subsidiary Tamla and this first release peaked at number 8 on the Billboard R&B chart in 1961.
Wells' early hits as one of the label's few female solo acts did make her the label's first female star and its first fully successful solo artist.
This record is in very good condition on the A side is a small red X and the station call letter faintly stamped on the label'