Motown legend Wanda Young has passed away from complications of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, her daughter has confirmed.
The Marvelettes singer died almost two weeks ago on December 15 as a result of COPD.
The star, who sang on the classic hit Please Mr Postman, was hailed a legend in the era.
Her daughter Meta Ventress shared the sad news of her mother to the New York Times.
Young joined the Marvelettes in time for them to sign their first record deal with Motown.
She then went on to become the lead singer in their later years after former members departed the group.
She sang on their 1961 hit, Please Mr Postman, which surged in the charts to become no. 1 for Berry Gordy big picture.
It was also the first smash hit recorded by an all-female group.
The band helped put Motown on the map in the music world.
The iconic single Please Mr Postman went on to be covered by countless singers, stars, and bands, and even The Beatles released a version in the 1960s.
On the B-side of the record, Young featured lead vocals on the Marvelettes song ‘So Long, Baby’.
The star sang co-lead during their famous years and helped on famous tunes such as Locking Up My Heart and Too Many Fish in the Sea.
She also led the way on I’ll Keep Holding On, Don’t Mess with Bill, When You’re Young and In Love, The Hunter Gets Captured by the Game and My Baby Must Be a Magician.
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