waited until October 29th, 1963 to create the stereo mix of the song, which was also done with the rest of the album (except for “Money (That’s What I Want),” created the next day). 1" also contains the song in both stereo and mono as originally heard on "The Beatles' Second Album." "Please Mr. Postman" is a song written by Georgia Dobbins, William Garrett, Freddie Gorman, Brian Holland, and Robert Bateman. Less than a thousand of these discs were made, so they are worth a fortune. " After this, it appears that The Beatles retired the song for good. 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A hit cover of "Please Mr. Postman" was recorded by the Carpenters, whose version took the song again to number one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in early 1975. Would American audiences be interested in a young white British group covering a black R&B/pop smash hit? On The Marvelettes record you will see the songwriting credit as “Dobbins/Garrett/Brianbert,” but on the label of The Beatles version of the song you will see “Holland” as the songwriter. Laquan from Birmingham, Al I think both versions are classics Jake from New Haven, Ct Anyone who says Beatles did it better is crazy. Dobbins, keeping only the song’s title, turned the song into a plea for a letter from a boyfriend. Their first single “Baby I’m For Real” became a #14 pop hit on the Billboard charts (#1 R&B) in 1969, while their follow-up “The Bells” peaked at #12 (#2 R&B) selling over a million copies. November 11th, 2013 was the release date for the album "On Air - Live At The BBC Volume 2" which featured yet another version of "Please Mister Postman." The fifth and final “girl group” song The Beatles picked to record professionally was also the biggest hit they chose. Please Mr. Postman. Capitol Records didn’t think so. When the Marvelettes turned up at the studio to record their first song, Georgia Dobbins was not present. Gladys Horton, lead singer of Motown girl group the Marvelettes whose hits included "Please Mr. Postman" - the Detroit label's first No. Georgia Dobbins took it upon herself to take a blues song written by a friend of hers named William Garrett and rework it for the group to perform at a later audition for Motown. Released on. Another refrain is then heard, but this time the lead vocalist mostly sings with the background vocalists, accentuating his having to wait “such a long time” to hear from his girl. This exact date was when the group entered into EMI Studio Two to properly record the song for their second British album, "With The Beatles." The Songwriters Hall Of Fame credits the song to “Holland/Bateman/Gorman” while The Beatles discography book “All Together Now” even lists Motown founder Berry Gordy as the co-author.  In Sweden, it peaked at number 11 on the Kvällstoppen Chart.. By the time it was recorded for their second album, With the Beatles, it had been dropped from their set, and required some work in the studio to bring it up to an acceptable standard. 4 in the New Zealand charts. One day she was waiting for a letter from her boyfriend, she then sat down and wrote the song and it was called Mr. … Returning to Inkster, Georgia Dobbins contacted a local musician named William Garrett, who had an unfinished blues composition titled "Please Mr. Postman"; Garrett allowed Dobbins to use it as long as he received songwriting credit if the song became a hit. / Wait, Mister Postman / (Mister Postman, look and see) / Oh yeah! You would think that taking a look at the label on the original record would solve this issue, but that is not the case. A lawsuit with Motown continued all the way until 1977 when it was settled by Holland / Dozier / Holland paying a mere few thousand dollars in damages. The Marvelettes recording features lead singer Gladys Horton hoping that the postman has brought her a letter from her boyfriend. Since EPs were big sellers in Britain, Capitol tried their hand at it with Beatles music a couple of times. In April 1961, the Marvelettes (then known as "The Marvels") arranged an audition for Berry Gordy's Tamla label. The mono mix of the song was performed by George Martin and engineers Norman Smith and Geoff Emerick on August 21st, 1963, along with the rest of the tracks recorded thus far for the album.  "Please Mr. Postman" became a number-one hit again in early 1975 when the Carpenters' cover of the song reached the top position of the Billboard Hot 100. "Please Mister Postman" as the first of two songs on side two. On the surface, you can understand their reasoning, but after three million copies of the album had been sold by mid March, Capitol was ready to rush-release another album to cash in on the excitement. On February 23rd, 1964, the day after they returned from their historic first American visit, they mimed a performance of the song for the British television show "Big Night Out." Accompaniment is provided by the Funk Brothers, including Marvin Gaye on drums. On September 9th, 2009, a remastered CD re-release contained the stereo mix from 1964, the vinyl edition coming out on November 13th, 2012. The song was originally written by William Garnet, he then gave it to Georgia Dobbins of the Marvelettes who then rewrote it. As for the writer..s.. They both were members of an early Motown vocal group called The Satintones, although Brian had previously released a solo single in 1958 under the name Bryant Holland. The Beatles performed the song on March 7th, 1962, taping it for their first ever BBC radio performance, which was for the show "Teenager's Turn - Here We Go." Gladys Horton's charming vocal delivery for The Marvelettes original version suited it very nicely, but The Beatles tightened up the harmonies and performed the song with such confidence it almost makes the original sound like an imitation. Billy Hatton of the rival Liverpool group The Four Jays remembers the experience of seeing The Beatles playing "Please Mister Postman" as "a wow moment. "Please Mr. Postman" is a song written by Georgia Dobbins, William Garrett, Freddie Gorman, Brian Holland, and Robert Bateman. Because of royalty and profit sharing issues, Holland / Dozier / Holland left Motown in early 1968 but kept busy in the music industry with their successful Invictus and Hot Wax record labels. Postman Galaxy: The Global Virtual API Conference. August 21, 1961. The Carpenters remade the 14 year old song, which became their third of three number one hits for the group. She was 78. The double-tracked urgency and desperation displayed by Lennon’s vocals is what, in many people’s minds, outdoes the original for sheer excitement. Songwriter Georgia Dobbins has expressed that the lyrics are conveying the singer's distraught appeal for the mailman to deliver a letter from her boyfriend who has been away at war. It is used by the Rob, Arnie and Dawn Show to introduce their Listener Mail segment, and was sung by the presenters of British Saturday morning show SMTV Live to introduce the mailbag section. Forming in 1966 and providing background vocals on such Motown hits as “What Becomes Of The Brokenhearted” and “For Once In My Life,” The Originals continued on, under the tutelage of Marvin Gaye, to score huge hits on the R&B charts. A fascinating question is: who wrote Please Mr. Postman? The Beatles Cover is on the "With The Beatles" album. He was 22 at the time and trying to break into the business. Language. Sometime in 1967, Capitol released Beatles music on a brand new but short-lived format called "Playtapes." The structure for “Please Mister Postman” consists of a 'refrain/ verse/ verse/ refrain/ verse/ refrain' pattern (or abbaba), which is somewhat unique for The Beatles repertoire. he hired the songwriting team of Brian Holland and Robert Bateman (collectively known as “Brianbert”) to re-work it even more. The Song, "Please Mr. Postman" was originally sang by The Marvelettes. To Kenneth in Cleveland: I have Dobbins,Horton,Young, Anderson and Cowart (Maiden name?) Sign Up Below for our MONTHLY BEATLES TRIVIA QUIZ! Together, this trio worked as both songwriters and producers of an endless number of Motown hits which included 25 number one songs. What is quite common about this song in regards to pop music of the 50’s and early 60’s is the repeating four chord pattern, which encompasses every section of the song (except the introduction). On January 21st, 2014, this album was released as an individual compact disc for the first time, the mono and stereo mixes being contained on a single CD. From Ringo’s open hi-hat rhythm section and the clanging rhythm guitars from both John and George to all three vocalists singing at the top of their range, the song is transformed into a rock and roll powerhouse.