The Mary Wells Discography -
She Did Want to Take a Chance

The Mary Wells discography contains rough R&B/pop gems that expose her multiple traits. There's the insight of a songwriter who distills emotions to their essences. The pluck of an artist chasing down a hesitant record exec. The vulnerability of a teen facing an exciting but startling future as a Motown singer.

When singing raw, she practically shreds her vocal cords with agony. When they're rip-free, the boldness comes from her delivery.

In case others mistake Mary Wells's subdued style for tameness, backups like the Love-Tones on "The One Who Really Loves You" turn hints into proclamations.

But like a girl who quietly observes others, then waylays them with her revelations and ultimatums, this Motown artist is no pushover. (Says this habitually quiet observer, anyway. ;))

Say hello to "Bye Bye Baby" and other songs in the Mary Wells discography below! It includes albums and singles through the 1970s. Her can-do attitude carried on even as her post-Motown career lagged.

Bye Bye Baby, I Don't Want to Take a Chance (1961)

1. Come to Me (Gordy/Johnson)

2. I Don't Want to Take a Chance (Gordy/Stevenson)

3. Bye Bye Baby (Wells)

4. Shop Around (Gordy/Robinson)

5. I Love the Way You Love (Abrams/Gordy/Oden/Ossman)

6. I'm Gonna Stay (Gordy)

7. Let Your Conscience Be Your Guide (Gordy)

8. Bad Boy (Gordy/Robinson)

9. I'm So Sorry (Brooks/Brooks/Gordy)

10. Please Forgive Me (Gordy)

Strange Love (1961; single)

Two Lovers (1962)

The One Who Really Loves You (June 1962)

Two Wrongs Don't Make a Right (1963; a single by Gordy/Robinson)

Your Old Standby (Bradford/Robinson)/What Love Has Joined Together (1963; single, flip side by Robinson/Rogers)

You Lost the Sweetest Boy (Dozier/Holland/Holland)/What's Easy for Two is Hard for One (1963; single, flip side by Robinson)

Live on Stage (Sept. 1963)

1. Two Lovers (Robinson)

2. Laughing Boy (Robinson)

3. I Don't Want to Take a Chance (Gordy/Stevenson)

4. Bye Bye Baby (Wells)

5. The One Who Really Loves You (Robinson)

6. Old Love (Let's Try It Again) (Dozier/Holland/Holland)

7. Operator (Robinson)

8. You Beat Me to the Punch (Robinson/White)

Two Lovers and Other Great Hits (Dec. 1963)

Together (with Marvin Gaye, Apr. 15, 1964)

1. Once Upon a Time (Ales/Hamilton/Paul/Stevenson)

2. 'Deed I Do (Hirsch/Rose)

3. Until I Met You (Corner Pocket) (Greene/Wolf)

4. Together (Brown/DeSylva/Henderson)

5. (I Love You) For Sentimental Reasons (Best/Watson)

6. The Late, Late Show (Alfred/Berlin)

7. After the Lights Go Down Low (Belmonte/Lovett/White)

8. Just Squeeze Me (but Don't Tease Me) (Ellington/Gaines)

9. What's the Matter With You Baby (Ales/Paul/Stevenson)

10. You Came a Long Way From St. Louis (Brooks/Russell)

What's the Matter With You Baby (1964; a single by Ales/Paul/Stevenson)

Mary Wells Sings My Guy (June 1964)

1. He's the One I Love (Robinson)

2. Whisper You Love Me Boy (Dozier/Holland/Holland)

3. My Guy (Robinson)

4. Does He Love Me (Hunter/Stevenson)

5. How? When My Heart Belongs to You (Robinson)

6. He Holds His Own (Dozier/Holland/Holland)

7. My Baby Just Cares for Me (Donaldson/Kahn)

8. I Only Have Eyes for You (Dubin/Warren)

9. You Do Something to Me (Porter)

10. It Had to Be You (Jones/Kahn)

11. If You Love Me (Really Love Me) (Monnot/Parsons)

12. At Last (Gordon/Warren)

Ain't It the Truth/Stop Takin' Me for Granted (1965; first 20th Century single)

He's a Lover/I'm Learnin' (1965; single)

I Should Have Known Better/Please Please Me (1965; single)

Me Without You/I'm Sorry (1965; single)

Never, Never Leave Me/Why Don't You Let Yourself Go (1965; single)

Use Your Head/Everlovin' Boy (1965; single)

Love Songs of the Beatles (1965)

Mary Wells (1965)

Dear Lover/Can't You See (You're Losing Me) (1966; first Atco single)

Such a Sweet Thing/Keep Me in Suspense (1966; single)

Me and My Baby/Fancy Free (1966; single)

Vintage Stock (1966; Motown album)

Ooh (1966; Movietone album)

Two Sides Of... (1966; Atco album)

(Hey You) Set My Soul on Fire/Coming Home (1967; single)

The Doctor/Two Lovers' History (1968; first Jubilee single)

Can't Get Away From Your Love/A Woman in Love (1968; single)

Don't Look Back/500 Miles (1968; single)

Servin' Up Some Soul (1968)

  • Bye Bye Baby
  • The Doctor
  • Make Me Yours
  • Stag-O-Lee
  • Sunny (Hebb)
  • Two Lovers' History
  • A Woman in Love
  • Mind Reader/Never Give a Man the World (1969; single)

    Dig the Way I Feel/Love Shooting Bandit (1969; single)

    Sweet Love/It Must Be (1970; single)

    Mr. Tough/Never Give a Man the World (1971; single)

    I Found What I Wanted/I See a Future in You (1971; first Reprise single)

    If You Can't Give Her Love (Give Her Up)/Cancel My Subscription (1974; single)

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