#1 Pop, #1 AC (Jan 1975)
For the pop music brother and sister duo The Carpenters, “Please Mr. Postman was their 13th number one single release on A&M Records, in their short 5 year career to that point. The angleic voice of Karen was one of my favorites in the Seventies. I was sometimes teased for liking this light pop as a very young adult at the time, but I have always liked all genres of music at any given point in my life so light pop, funk, soul and country were always all part of my musical enjoyment and will always be so.
The Beatles cover version of “Please Mr Postman, was a track from the Columbia Records compilation entitled “The Beatles Second Album”. This LP containing both covers and Lennon/McCartney compositions, was put together by Capitol Records for the American Market. Released on 4/10/64 the LP shot to #1.
I especially loved those songs, such as “Postman,” with John Lennon on lead. In the Sixties, all my peers had crushes on baby faced Paul while I secretly harbored intense fantasies about John! (LOL)
If you want a truly in depth history of the Beatles making of “Please Mr.Postman” and the song history in general, check out this great post at “Beatles Music History” Blog.
#1 Pop,#1 R&B
The classic track, “Please Mr. Postman,” was composed by a Who’s Who list of Motown employees: Georgia Dobbins, Brian Holland, Robert Bateman, Freddie Gorman, William Garrett. Plus the composition has the distinction of being Motown’s first #1 smash.
The “Marvelous Marvelettes” seemed to get pushed aside by the specially attentive “push” Motown gave to the Supremes, but The Marveletes were a fabulous, top notch girl group. If you are not familiar with them I suggest you get a greatest hits compilation asap to find out what you are missing: the one I have and love is The Ultimate Collection: The Marvelettes.
TRIVIA: Marvin Gaye played drums along with the Funk Brothers on this Motown classic!
- Rock Flashback: Karen Carpenter (news.radio.com)
- Album: The Marvelettes, Forever More: Complete Motown Albums Vol 2 (Motown/Universal) (independent.co.uk)
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