Please Mr. Postman

The Marvelettes

About Please Mr. Postman

"Please Mr. Postman" is a song written by Georgia Dobbins, William Garrett, Freddie Gorman, Brian Holland, and Robert Bateman. It is the debut single by the Marvelettes for the Tamla (Motown) label, notable as the first Motown song to reach the number-one position on the Billboard Hot 100 pop singles chart. The single achieved this position in late 1961; it hit number one on the R&B chart as well. "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 Mr. Postman" has been covered several times, including by the British rock group The Beatles in 1963.  


Year:
1995
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(Wait) Oh yes, wait a minute Mister Postman (Wait)
Wait Mister Postman

(Please Mister Postman, look and see) Oh yeah
(Is there a letter in your bag for me) Please, Please Mister Postman
(Why's it been a very long time) Oh yeah
(Since I heard from this boyfriend of mine)

There must be some word today
From my boyfriend so far away
Please Mister Postman, look and see
Is there a letter, a letter for me

I've been standin' here waitin' Mister Postman
So patiently, for just a card, or just a letter
Sayin' he's returnin' home to me

Please Mister Postman (Mister Postman, look and see) Oh yeah
(Is there a letter in your bag for me?) Please Please Mister Postman
(Why's it been a very long time) Oh yeah
(Since I heard from this boyfriend of mine)

So many days you passed me by
You saw the tears standin' in my eye
You wouldn't stop to make me feel better
By leavin' me a card or a letter

Please Mister Postman look and see (Postman postman)
Is there a letter oh yeah in your bag for me? (Postman postman)
You know its been so long (Postman postman)
Yes since I heard from this boyfriend of mine (Postman postman)

You better wait a minute, wait a minute
Oh you better wait a minute
Please please Mister Postman (Wait a minute Mister Postman)
Please check and see just one more time for me
You better wait, wait a minute
Wait a minute, wait a minute, wait a minute
Please Mister Postman
Deliver de letter the sooner de better
Wait a minute, wait a minute
Wait a minute, please Mister Postman
Wait a minute, wait a minute oh oh

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The Marvelettes

The Marvelettes were an all-girl group who achieved popularity in the early to mid-1960s. They consisted of schoolmates Gladys Horton, Katherine Anderson (later Katherine Anderson Schnaffer), Georgeanna Tillman (later Georgeanna Tillman-Gordon), Juanita Cowart (later Juanita Cowart Motley) and Georgia Dobbins, who was replaced by Wanda Young (later Wanda Rogers) prior to the group signing their first deal. The group was the first major successful act of Motown Records after The Miracles and were its first significant successful girl group on the label's early years after the release of the number-one single, "Please Mr. Postman", one of the first number-one singles recorded by an all-female vocal group and the first by a Motown recording act. more »

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Written by: Brian Holland, Freddie Gorman, Georgia Dobbins, Robert Bateman, William Garrett

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Creation and Release - "Please Mr. Postman
• "Please Mr. Postman" is a song written by Georgia Dobbins, William Garrett, Freddie Gorman, Brian Holland, and Robert Bateman. • The song was initially recorded by the American girl group the Marvelettes and released by Motown on August 21, 1961.
Chart Success – The Marvelettes
• For the Marvelettes, "Please Mr. Postman" became the group's debut single and immediately hit number one on the Billboard Hot 100, making them the first Motown act to achieve this feat. • The song also topped the Billboard R&B Singles chart.
Historical Significance - The Marvelettes
• "Please Mr. Postman" is widely recognized as the song that put Motown (then Tamla Records) on the map as a major record label. • The song was the Marvelettes' most successful single and is considered a classic in the doo-wop genre.
Other Notable Covers
• The song has been covered by numerous artists including the Beatles in 1963 on their second album, "With the Beatles".
Carpenters' Version
• The song was later covered by the Carpenters, an American vocal and instrumental duo, in 1974. • Their rendition appeared on their album "Horizon" and was also released as a single in 1975.
Chart Success – The Carpenters
• The Carpenters' version of "Please Mr. Postman" also reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100, making it the second time the song achieved this ranking by different artists. • It also topped the Billboard Adult Contemporary chart.
Trivia - The Carpenters
• The Carpenters are one of the few artists to have a number one single with a Beatles cover. • The song won the Carpenters a Grammy nomination for Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group.
Cultural Impact
• "Please Mr. Postman" has become a notable part of popular music history, having been covered by many artists and bands over the years. • The song was included in the soundtrack of several films, including "Mean Streets," "Back to the Future Part II," and "The Postman Always Rings Twice."
Legacy
• The song was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 2011. • "Please Mr. Postman" remains as one of the signature songs of Motown and the girl-group era of the early 1960s.

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