Georgeanna Tillman (February 5, 1944 - January 6, 1980)

Georgeanna Tillman was a member of group the Marvelettes, who were Motown’s first successful girl group. They had a number of hit records such as ‘Please Mr. Postman’, ‘When you’re young and in love’ and ‘too many fish in the sea’.

By 1965, Georgeanna Tillman was battling lupus. As her health problems worsened, her doctor advised her to stop touring and she left the group for good. She remained at Motown for a while as a secretary. Georgeanna Tillman married Billy Gordon (of the Contours) in 1963. She left the group in 1965 due to illness which was affecting her performance. She died in 1980 from the complications of sickle cell anaemia. The Marvelettes continued on as a trio.