She inspired The Supremes. Mary Wells was the First woman of Motown. She’s known for the hit single “My Guy”. It was a #1 song. She smoked cigarettes for years and died of throat cancer. She could barely talk, let alone sing. She ended up with little money and ended up homeless with her daughter. Anita Baker, Diana Ross, Rod Stewart, among a few others tried to help her financially. She didn’t receive any royalties from Motown. She sued Motown and won a 6-figure out of court settlement and died shortly after.