Wanda Young : Family, Net Worth, Parents, Husband, Children and Marvelettes

Wanda Young also known as Wanda Rogers, was an American singer know all about her in this article as like her Family, Net Worth, Parents, Husband, Children and Marvelettes

Wanda Young Biography

Wanda Young Biography
Wanda Young
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Name Wanda Young
Birthdate   9 August 1943
Died 16 December 2021
Place of Birth  Inkster, Michigan, United States
Nationality American
Marital Status  Married
Spouse/Partner Bobby Rogers (m. 1963–1975)
Children Yes
Parents Name not Known
Education Inkster High School
Profession American singer
Last Update December 2021

Wanda LaFaye Young also known as Wanda Rogers, was an American singer, known for being a member and co-lead singer of the popular Motown all-female singing group the Marvelettes.In 2002, Kanye West sampled Young's version of the Miracles' "After All" for Jay-Z's rap duet, "Poppin' Tags" from The Blueprint 2: The Gift and the Curse album, which featured Killer Mike, Big Boi and Twista.

Early Life and Family

Wanda was born and raised in Inkster, Michigan. Originally aspiring to be a nurse, Young's professional music career started after fellow Inkster High School classmate Gladys Horton asked her to audition for a spot left by Georgia Dobbins, an original member of the group, then called the Marvels.

Wanda Young Husband, Was Wanda Young Married

On December 18, 1963, Young married her longtime boyfriend Bobby Rogers, a member of the Miracles, in Detroit and became known professionally as Wanda Rogers. The union produced two children; son Robert III and daughter Bobbae. Wanda and Bobby divorced in 1975 after 12 years of marriage.On February 17, 2015, Young's biological daughter Miracle Rogers, adopted and raised by an aunt, was murdered with a friend in Inkster, Michigan.Rogers was born on August 27, 1982, seven years after Young and Miracles' singer Bobby Rogers got divorced.Although her paternity is unknown, she received the singer's last name and was named after his group, the Miracles, even though he was already remarried by the time she was conceived.

Wanda Young Net Worth

American singer, known for being a member and co-lead singer of the popular Motown all-female singing group the Marvelettes has an estimated Net Worth Around $4 Million in 2021.

Wanda Young Hall of Fame

Wanda Young Hall of Fame

Wanda LaFaye Young' The Marvelettes were nominated for induction into the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame in 2013 and again 2015.

Professional Career

After a successful audition, Young joined the group and the quintet, which had auditioned for a deal with Motown earlier, returned with a song written by Dobbins titled "Please Mr. Postman". In 1963, the Beatles recorded "Please Mr. Postman" on their second studio album With the Beatles. In 1975, the Carpenters' remake of "Please Mr. Postman" hit No. 1 around the world and was one of a dozen million-selling Gold-certified singles for the duo in the United States. It was also the second song to ever hit No. 1 by two different artists.

Impressed with the group's sound, they were immediately signed and had their name changed to the Marvelettes and after the song was remastered, the song was released and became Motown's first No. 1 Pop single in late 1961—it also held the top slot for seven weeks on Billboard's R&B chart. Young sang lead on the B-side of the single on a ballad, "So Long, Baby".

While Young did occasionally sing leads on Marvelettes' album cuts, Horton was the main vocalist of the group for singles. Young sang co-lead on Marvelettes' songs, including singles "Locking Up My Heart" and "Too Many Fish in the Sea". In 1964, she sang her first (solo) lead on a Marvelettes' single, "You're My Remedy", which didn't translate as successfully to sales or charts figures.

The first hit single to feature her on lead was the dance hit, "I'll Keep Holding On". From then on until the Marvelettes' departure, Young would be the main lead vocalist of the group. She went on to sing lead on several classics such as "Don't Mess with Bill" , "The Hunter Gets Captured by the Game", "When You're Young and in Love" and "My Baby Must Be a Magician".

The Marvelettes' hit making days had waned by the end of the 1960s and in 1970 the group disbanded. In 1970, Wanda recorded a solo album with Smokey Robinson serving as her producer. Sensing marketing value as a Marvelettes release, Motown released the album as The Return of the Marvelettes. The other Marvelettes refused to participate for the album cover and the album flopped. Young left the label in 1972 when the Motown label relocated from Detroit to Los Angeles.