She had suffered a stroke

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[b]Marvelettes[/b] co-founder [b]Gladys Horton[/b] has died at the age of 66.

The singer’s son [b]Vaughn Thornton[/b] confirmed that she passed away on Wednesday (January 26) at a nursing home in [b]Sherman Oaks[/b] in [b]California[/b]. She had been recovering from a stroke, reports BBC News.

[b]Horton[/b] formed the [b]Marvelettes[/b], who were signed to [b]Berry Gordy[/b]’s [b]Motown[/b] label, with her schoolfriend [b]Georgia Dobbins[/b] in 1960. They had their only US Number One single a year later with [b]’Please Mr Postman'[/b], which was also the first chart-topper for the label.

[b]The Beatles[/b] later covered the track, as did [b]The Carpenters[/b] who took it to the top of the US charts again in 1974.

[b]Horton[/b] left the band in 1967 to get married, having been replaced as the group’s lead singer by bandmate [b]Wanda Young Rogers[/b].

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