Mary Wells - My Guy (Lyric Video)

“When she came over to Motown, she had written a song called ‘Bye Bye Baby.’ We recorded the song with her and it was a mild hit. And Berry [Gordy] came to me and said, ‘I want you to do an album with Mary,’” Robinson said.


“I wanted to do something different with her, but I didn’t know where I wanted to go. But I was watching Ed Sullivan and Harry comes on singing ‘Day-o,’ and I decided I was going to make [Mary] the calypso woman of R&B. So the first songs we recorded with her have the congas and all of that calypso feeling on them and it was because I had seen Harry on television,” he said.

Robinson said even though he hadn’t seen Belafonte in years, he left a lasting impact. “I loved him very much because from the first time I met him, he treated me like I was his son and had known me forever. He was always great with me. And I’m going to miss him,“ he said.