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The track sold over one million copies, and was awarded a gold disc.

making the teenage singer a breakthrough star and giving her clout at Motown.

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Around this time, the Beatles stated that Wells was their favorite American singer, and soon she was given an invitation to open for the group during their tour of the United Kingdom, thus making her the first Motown star to perform in the UK.

Wells was only one of three female singers to open for the Beatles, the others being Brenda Holloway and Jackie De Shannon.

One of three children, she contracted spinal meningitis at the age of two and struggled with partial blindness, deafness in one ear and temporary paralysis Wells used singing as her comfort from her pain and by age 10 had graduated from church choirs to performing at local nightclubs in the Detroit area.

Wells graduated from Detroit's Northwestern High School at the age of 17 and set her sights on becoming a scientist, but after hearing about the success of Detroit musicians such as Jackie Wilson and the Miracles, she decided to try her hand at music as a singer-songwriter.

Wells' success at the label was recognized when she became a headliner during the first string of Motortown Revue concerts, starting in the fall of 1962.

The singer showcased a rawer stage presence that contrasted with her softer R&B recordings.Wells' success continued in 1963 when she hit the Top 20 with the doo-wop ballad "Laughing Boy" and scored three additional Top 40 singles, "Your Old Standby", "You Lost the Sweetest Boy", and its B-side, "What's Easy for Two Is So Hard for One"."You Lost the Sweetest Boy" was one of the first hit singles composed by the successful Motown songwriting and producing trio of Holland–Dozier–Holland, though Robinson remained Wells' primary producer.Their first collaboration, 1962's "The One Who Really Loves You", was Wells' first smash hit, peaking at #2 on the R&B chart and #8 on the Hot 100.The song featured a calypso-styled soul production that defined Wells' early hits.When that record bombed, Gordy set Wells up with the Miracles' lead singer Smokey Robinson.

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