Sunday, July 17, 2011

"I Don't Want to Take a Chance" by Mary Wells

Mary Wells had just turned 18 when "I Don't Want to Take a Chance", her second single, debuted at #98 on the Billboard Hot 100.  It spent 9 weeks on the chart and peaked at #33.

Its week-by-week progress:  98, 75, 60, 51, 42, 35, 33, 37, 65.   (Bold red numbers indicate a "Star Performer" for the week.)

In another eight months, though, Wells would find herself on a musical roll with a string of three top 10 hits: "The One Who Really Loves You", "You Beat Me to the Punch", and "Two Lovers".

The live version of this song is from her 1963 album, Mary Wells On Stage, which never made Billboard's chart of top 200 albums.

In 1992, Wells died of cancer at the age of 49.

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