Billboard #1 Hits:#62: “Please Mr. Postman”- The Marvelettes. December 11, 1961. #1 for 1 week. Released on Tamla Records. Written by Georgia Dobbins, William Garrett, Freddie Gorman, Brian Holland and Robert Bateman. Genre: Soul, Doo-wop. Time: 2:31. B-Side:” So Long Baby.” Grade: A-
“Please Mr. Postman” by The Marvelettes has the distinction of being the first single by Motown to hit #1 on the Billboard Hot 100. The first time I ever heard the song was The Beatles cover on their second album With The Beatles. It was a B-side in the US and went to #68 on the chart. “Please Mr. Postman” would return to #1 in 1975 when The Carpenters covered it.
The Funk Brothers provided the backing on The Marvelettes original version of the song- of note playing drums on the record was a young man named Marvin Gaye who had recently released his first debut album. The five members of The Marvelettes were at the time all teenagers and classmates at Inkster High School in Inkster, Michigan. “Please Mr. Postman” was their first, biggest and only #1 hit. In all they had 10 Top 40 hits in the 1960’s- their other notable hits- “Playboy” # 7 1962, “Don’t Mess With Bill”#7 in 1966 and “The Hunter Gets Captured By The Game” #13 in 1967.