Mable John, “Motown’s first singing lady” is a Bastrop, Louisiana native. The eldest of 10 children, she became the first female signed by Berry Gordy to Motown’s Tamla Records. When she was just a baby, her family moved from Log Cabin, Louisiana to Cullendale, Arkansas where her father worked at a paper mill. At the age of 12, Mable moved with the family to Detroit and graduated from high school. John began working at an insurance company managed by Berry Gordy’s mother. Influenced by the...
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