Mable John Motown’s 1st Female Solo Artist Dead at 91
8/28/2022 3: 40 PM PT
Mable John — Motown’s first female solo artist — has died.
The singer passed on at her L.A. home Thursday, this in accordance with her nephew, Kevin John … who spoke to The Detroit News. He said, “We loved her and she was a sort person.” An underlying cause of death wasn’t offered.
Berry Gordy signed MJ to his new label — then referred to as Tamla Records — in 1958. She was the initial woman under his brand to obtain her very own record deal with out a group attached. Other acts which were signed early included Smokey Robinson (and the Miracles), Eddie Holland and Mary Wells.
Gordy actually served as a coach/mentor for John — who was simply opening for Billie Visit to Detroit through the ’50s. She and BG had a good partnership, which flourished right into a somewhat short-lived working relationship under Motown. She left the label in mid-’60s.
Still, John recorded several songs using them during her tenure. A few of her famous tracks include, “Who Wouldn’t Love a guy LIKE THIS?,” “No Love,” “Actions Speak Louder Than Words,” “Searching for a Man,” “YOU’RE My Only Love!” amongst others.
Following a brief stint with Motown, she continued to sign with Stax Records — where she churned out a memorable hit, “Your POSITIVE THING (IS APPROXIMATELY to get rid of).” John left Stax and continued to execute with the Raelettes, backing Ray Charles. Eventually, she hung her mainstream career and pursued a lifetime career in gospel music … getting very associated with the church.
She opened her very own charity in LA called the Joy Community Outreach, which works with homeless people. Despite stepping from showbiz, she certainly left her mark
Mable John was 91. RIP