“Please Mr. Postman” is the debut single of The Marvelettes and the first Motown song to reach the number-one position on the Billboard Hot 100 pop singles chart (1961).

“Please Mr. Postman” became a number-one hit again in early 1975, when The Carpenters‘ cover of the song also reached the top position of the Billboard Hot 100.

The song has been covered frequently, including a version of The Beatles on their “With the Beatles” album. Sung by John Lennon, their version reverses the genders: “There must be some mail today/ From my girlfriend so far away… ” and so on.

When in Hamburg (in early ’60s), John Lennon used to send letters to Cynthia, his girlfriend whom he was to marry in 1962. On the envelopes, he was always writing: “Postman, postman, don’t be slow, I’m in love with Cyn so go, man, go.”:)

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