Gladys Horton, one of the original members of Motown's Marvelettes, died last week from complications from a stroke.
Horton, along with Georgia Dobbins, formed Casinyets in suburban Detroit, later adding Georgeanna Tillman, Juanita Cowart and Katherine Anderson on backing vocals. In 1961, now known as the Marvels, they won their high school talent show and the chance to audition for Motown.
From recent tribute in Rolling Stone, "Horton sang lead on many of the group's other early 1960s hits, including "Beechwood 4-5789," "Playboy" and "Too Many Fish In The Sea." By the mid-1960s Motown turned their attention towards The Supremes and Martha & The Vandellas, and the Marvelettes' winning streak slowed down. In 1965 Wanda Young began singing lead on many songs (including "Don't Mess With Bill") and in 1967 Horton left the group — in part to care for her handicapped son."
She was 66-years-old.