American R&B singer who co-founded the all-female group The Marvelettes. She sang lead vocals on many of the Marvelettes' hits, including "Playboy", "Beechwood 4-5789" and "Too Many Fish in the Sea."
She began singing when she was young and formed a group called the The Casinyets when she was fifteen. They later changed their name to The Marvelettes.
The Marvelettes' "Please Mr. Postman" peaked at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 and made them in stant Motown stars.
She grew up in the Inkster suburb of Detroit and was raised by foster parents.
Smokey Robinson wrote several songs for The Marvelettes.