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Mable John, Motown Records’ First Female Solo Artist Passes Away at 91

Mable John, the first female solo artist signed by Motown Records is no longer with us. She passed away at the age of 91. Our hearts go out to the friends and family of the musician during this difficult time.

Continue reading further to know everything about the cause behind the death of the iconic artist Mable John.

The news of Mable’s death was shared by her nephew Kevin John

Mable John’s nephew Kevin John shared the news of her death but he did not reveal the cause of her passing away. In a statement, Kevin talked about his aunt Mable, the older sister of R&B star Little Willie John, and said, “We loved her and she was a kind person.”

As per the reports of Deadline, the singer passed away at her Los Angeles home on August 25, Thursday. Throughout her career, she managed to entertain her fans all over the world with her brilliant singing.

Here’s everything you need to know about Mable John

Mable John was born on November 3, 1930, in Bastrop, Louisiana, the U.S. She was an American vocal artist and she was the first female artist signed to Motown Records (then Tamla Records) by Berry Gordy Jr.

Mable was the eldest of nine siblings. She has 6 younger brothers and 2 younger sisters. Her family moved to Arkansas when she was very young. She went to Cleveland Intermediate School, and soon afterward, she enrolled at Pershing High School.

After completing her graduation, John worked as an insurance representative at Friendship Mutual Insurance Agency, which was run by Berry Gordy’s mom Bertha. After a while, she bid adieu to the company and attended Lewis Business College.

During her early days in the world of music, she was signed to United Artists. Ultimately, she became the first female solo artist signed to Tamla, Gordy’s own label. She dropped her first song Who Wouldn’t Love a Man Like That? in the year 1960 and from there on, she didn’t look.

Over time, Mable was able to carve a path for herself in the music industry. She was well-known for her songs such as Who Wouldn’t Love A Man Like That, Actions Speak Louder Than Words, No Love, Looking for a Man, and Take Me. 

Netizens paid tribute to Mable John

One user wrote, ‘The actual “First Lady of Motown” to be signed: Mable John. She had an extensive career beyond Motown for Stax, leading The Raelettes on a few chart entries and more. Rest in power Able Mable.’

Followed by a user who tweeted, “Saddened to hear that Mable John passed away. She was a great singer and a better person, helping out so many in need!” A user further added, “Sad to hear Motown legend Mable John has passed, last met her at a Motown party in 2009 in London.”

We send our deepest condolences to the close friends and family of Mable John during this difficult time. May the departed soul rest in peace. Don’t forget to stay tuned with us for the latest updates from the world of showbiz.

Meenal Mehta
Hi, I am Meenal. I'm a travel enthusiast, a movie buff and a cricket fan all wrapped in one. I love to capture moments through my words. Writing is my happy space, it has been a great way of putting all my thoughts out and feel liberated.


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